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Pakistan slaps terror financing charges against Hafiz Saeed; India says 'have seen this before'

File picture of Hafiz Saeed. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi/Islamabad Jul 03, 2019, 11.02 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

Pakistan's provincial Punjab government has slapped terror financing charges against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and trusts run by him.

However, India has rejected actions by Islamabad with one Indian government sources telling WION that "We have seen this 'action' before. Important that it is irreversible and verifiable."

Another Indian official said, "FATF driven actions needed which are not irreversible. We need to move from ‘filing cases’ to sentencing, arresting and imprisoning!"

New Delhi has been asked Islamabad to take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures on terror groups and financing of terror from any territory under its control.

The four prominent members of Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) mentioned in the cases are Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki (brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed), Ameer Hamza and Mohammad Yahya Aziz. 

The main charities listed are Dawat Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al-Anfaal Trust, Al-Madina Foundation Trust and Al-Hamd Trust who have been operating from major Pakistani cities like Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan.

Speaking to WION, Pakistan's Punjab government official said "cases reveal that these individuals have been involved in raising funds to facilitate terror activities." and "operating under the umbrella of charities, these organizations have been funnelling funds to terror suspects and promoting terrorism".

Cases have been registered under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Pakistan's Punjab province. If charges against Hafiz Saeed are proven under section 11 of the Anti-terrorism act, he can face up to life imprisonment.

The development comes days after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to keep Islamabad on greylist after missing two deadlines to meet its anti-terror financing commitments.

Speaking at the end of FATF plenary last month in Florida, president of the counter-terror financing body Marshall Billingslea said, "There is absolutely a possibility that Pakistan could be put on the blacklist" if it fails to fullfill its commitments before the next plenary in October in Paris. 

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New Delhi has been asked Islamabad to take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures on terror groups and financing of terror from any territory under its control.