Pakistan meets US demands, moves to ban charities linked to Hafiz Saeed

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed

ISLAMABAD: Meeting US demands, Pakistan has amended its anti-terrorism law that authorizes the government to blacklist charities linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed. Two charities run by Saeed —Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) — have been outlawed by the U.N. Security Council for being “terrorist fronts” for Lashkar-eTaiba, a group Saeed founded 30 years ago that has been blamed for the 2008 deadly attacks in India’s financial capital of Mumbai.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain last week quietly approved the amendments to the law, which the government only made public Monday. Until now, the organizations sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council were not automatically listed as terrorist entities in Pakistan, enabling JuD and FIF to conduct their charity-related activities around the country and collect donations.