New Delhi: The Pakistani authorities froze over 5,100 bank accounts of terror suspects, including Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, whose names were listed within the Fourth schedule under the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997.
According to a report, the 5,100 bank accounts with more than Rs 400 million which were hardened by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) includes 1,200 terror suspects which fall under the category ‘A’ of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 which covers terrorists who pose an exceptional or high risk to humanity.
While speaking to a leading daily, an officer said, Masood Azhar who is believed to be in the protective custody of security agencies since India blamed the JeM for a terror attack on Pathankot airbase in January included in “category A”’.
Further disclosing the matter, the national coordinator of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Ihsan Ghani, confirmed that more than 5,000 bank accounts of suspects had been frozen by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). “These accounts hold a net amount worth Rs 400 million” he further added.
According to the reports, the prominent suspects whose accounts were frozen by the SBP include Maulana Abdul Aziz of Islamabad’s radical Lal Masjid, Ahmed Ludhianvi of the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Matiur Rehman of al-Qaeda Pakistan, Qari Ehsan of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.