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Pakistan cracks down on terrorist Hafiz Saeed

July 7, 2019

The government of Pakistan has announced a crackdown on terror financing by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its main organisations. It claims cases have been registered against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his aides.

Twenty-three cases were registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan in Punjab province against the LeT leadership, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF). They are accused of using network of trusts and NGOs to collect funds for terrorism.

The leaders booked are Saeed, his brother-in-law and close associate Abdul Rehman Makki, MaliK Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sheikh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Ahmad Daud, Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali, and Abdul Ghaffar.

The LeT and JuD leaders were accused of collecting funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of trusts/non-profit organisations. - Spokesperson, Pakistan Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD)

This is probably the first time that Saeed has been directly named in a case registered against LeT and its front organisations for terror. This comes a few weeks after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) slammed Pakistan for not doing enough to end terror financing. FATF has called for the prosecution of those involved in terror financing.

Pakistan says the actions are being taken in line with United Nations sanctions against designated groups and people. "Large-scale investigations have been launched into matters of JuD , LeT & FIF regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing", said the spokesperson, adding, "they made these assets from funds of terrorism financing, they held and used these assets to raise more funds for further terrorism financing. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in Anti-Terrorism Courts for commission of these offences.

India has not reacted so far. Sources in the government here said Pakistan had taken similar steps in the past to ease pressure from the world community.

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