Pakistan must account for basic expenses being given to Hafiz Saeed: US

New York, New York, United States of AmericaWritten By: Sidhant SibalUpdated: Sep 28, 2019, 09:29 PM IST
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File photo: Jammat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed Photograph:(ANI)

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Pakistan has said that 'exemption was in line with the established procedures and practices of the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee'.

US has said that Pakistan must account for "basic expenses" being given to 26/11 mastermind and UN sanctions terrorist Hafiz Saeed. Islamabad had gone to the United Nations Security Council to allow pension of Pakistani rupees 150,000 to Saeed.

Alice Wells, US' Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said,"Countries are required under the obligations of the listings that for any UN-designated individual that you account for whatever money flow is permitted, such as the family’s expenses of Hafiz Saeed."

Calling Pakistan action to go to UNSC "counterintuitive" but a "positive step", Alice wells said, "So actually having these submissions indicates a level of transparency and a fulfilment of a key requirement of FATF. So we welcome this step."

The United Nations Security Council's 1267 sanctions committee under which global terrorists are listed has approved Pakistani request to allow "basic expenses" to Hafiz Saeed. Islamabad's request got no objection until the deadline of August 15 at 3 pm New York time leading to approval by UNSC. 

Pakistan has said that such "an exemption was in line with the established procedures and practices of the UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee".

Pakistan government in its request had said Saeed is the sole supporter of his four member family and is responsible for food, drink and clothing expenses for all the family members. The development came just a day before Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed to United Nations General Assembly.

Saeed who worked as an assistant professor in University of engineering technology in Lahore retired in 1999 and was drawing a pension of Pakistani RS 45,700 through Habib Bank. However, his bank account was blocked after UNSC listed him, freezing his assets.

Saeed was put on the UN sanctions list in 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks. There is a $10 million bounty on Saeed by the US on him. Saeed is currently in jail and faces trial for allegedly being involved in terror financing.