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Pak. plans to permanently ban JuD

After being put on the grey list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Pakistan is working on a law to replace the presidential ordinance which banned Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation in February this year.

Dawn newspaper reported on Sunday, quoting Law Ministry sources, that a draft Bill to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997, was likely to be tabled in the upcoming session of the National Assembly, which is to commence on Monday. The move comes ahead of the visit by an FATF delegation to Pakistan on April 19 to examine the measures taken by Islamabad to curb terror financing.

The JuD has been banned but not put on Schedule 1, which would have made detention of its chief mandatory. Further, a presidential decree is issued only for four months after which it lapses.

Zafarullah Khan, adviser to the Prime Minister on law, said the proposed legislation would ensure full implementation of the UNSC resolutions against Saeed and the JuD.

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