Hafiz Saeed’s assets seized after US pressure

PAKISTAN last Wednesday (14) began seiz­ing assets from Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), a UN-designated terrorist organisation, whose leader Hafiz Saeed is a lead suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said.  

The move comes as Washington piles pressure on Pakistan to take action against Saeed after he was released from house ar­rest in the eastern city of Lahore.  

The interior ministry ordered authori­ties to take over “assets (moveable, im­moveable and human resource) associated with” two of Saeed’s organisations, accord­ing to a notification dated to February 10.  

A senior interior ministry official con­firmed the order.  

The official said medical centres and ambulances owned by Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) – the charitable wing of Saeed’s JuD – were taken into “state custo­dy” last Wednesday.  

“Medical centres owned by FIF have been taken over by the government,” the official said.  

The move comes after Pakistan quietly amended its anti-terror laws to ban organi­sations listed as terrorists by the UN. The change was made by president Mamnoon Hussain on February 9 and published by the law ministry last Monday (12).  

“The amendment means that all indi­viduals and entities listed by the UN also stand banned under Pakistani laws now,” a senior government official said.  

The JuD spokesperson was not available for comment.  

Observers say Pakistan fears being put on money laundering and terrorist financ­ing lists.  

Saeed’s JuD is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a militant group that battles Indian troops in Kashmir and was blamed for the Mumbai attacks.  

Six Americans were among those killed during the three-day siege in the Indian city, when gunmen who arrived by sea sparked battles with Indian commandos.