Hafiz Saeed's JuD no longer in banned list, Pak terror authority places outfit under 'watch list'

WION Web Team Islamabad, Pakistan Oct 26, 2018, 10.45 AM(IST)

Hafiz Saeed Photograph:( ANI )

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In 2014, the US administration had added JuD in the global terrorist organisations' list.

Hafiz Saeed's lawyer has told a Pakistan court that the presidential order on banning the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) has lapsed placing it outside the list of banned outfits.

Pakistan's National Counter Terrorism Authority has said JuD & FIF are "organisations under watch".

The Imran Khan-led Pakistan government will have to get a new ordinance made since the ordinance expires in 120 days. It can be renewed for another 120 days and then will have either to be made law or scrapped.

There are 66 organisations including FiF and JuD which are not banned anymore under the new circumstances.

On February 10th, during the tenure of interim Pakistan government, ex-president Hussain had promulgated an ordinance to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 to place JuD and FIF in the act, however, Saeed's counsel informed that PM Imran's government had not extended the ordinance nor tabled it in Parliament to convert it into an act.

India blames Hafiz Saeed for masterminding the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The United Nations Security Council had designated JuD as a terrorist organisation under resolution 1267 after the Mumbai attacks and it was banned by the Pakistan government in 2012.

In 2014, the US administration had added JuD in the global terrorist organisations' list.

Saeed lawyer told the Islamabad High Court that the ordinance was against the sovereignty and Constitution of Pakistan.

The government had taken over nearly 184 buildings, schools and hospitals belonging to the JuD and FIF after the presidential ordinance was signed. The government had also frozen the bank accounts of the two organisations.

The JuD had decided to launch a legal challenge against the ordinance.

The US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed.