Pakistan on Thursday banned two teams believed to be fronts for the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror assault, amid heightened strain on Islamabad to behave in opposition to militants.
Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Basis have been designated “proscribed organisations”, the inside ministry stated in an announcement, including that Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered officers to speed up motion in opposition to banned teams.
The assertion didn’t present additional particulars.
JuD and FIF are thought of by the UN to be fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a bunch accused by Washington and New Delhi of finishing up the Mumbai assault, which killed 166 folks and introduced India and Pakistan to the brink of battle.
The most recent transfer in opposition to JuD and FIF comes amid heightened tensions in South Asia.
New Delhi has blamed Pakistan-based militants of finishing up a lethal suicide bomb assault in Kashmir that killed greater than 40 Indian paramilitaries, and renewed strain on Islamabad to take motion.
Washington and New Delhi have lengthy urged Pakistan to take motion in opposition to LeT, which was banned by Islamabad in 2002 however re-branded itself as JuD and FIF, two teams that say they’re charities and deny hyperlinks to militants.
The US positioned a $10-million bounty on JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, however regardless of that, he has largely operated freely in Pakistan. He has denied involvement within the Mumbai assaults.
Islamabad, lengthy below strain to behave in opposition to JuD and different militant teams, started seizing the group’s belongings final 12 months after the Monetary Motion Job Drive (FATF) — a worldwide anti-money laundering watchdog — listed Pakistan on a watchlist of nations not doing sufficient to fight terror financing.
The FATF is anticipated to announce its newest set of suggestions on Friday.