Pakistan bans Hafiz Saaed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniat under Anti-Terrorism Act: Pakistan on Tuesday imposed a ban on Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997. According to Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), Mumbai attack mastermind’s JuD and FIF were put in the list of proscribed organisations in the country. The note at the bottom of the proscribed list says that the NCTA list is updated as of 05th March 2019 and prepared by NCTA based on the Notifications issued by Ministry of Interior. A total of 70 organisations are banned in Pakistan.

The action against Saeed comes amidst mounting pressure on Pakistan to take strict action against terror outfits operating from its soil. In addition, the US had offered a bounty of $10 million on Saeed’s head for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in 2012.

Following the February 21 Pulwama suicide bombing which claimed the lives of 44 CRPF jawans, India and several other countries have been demanding Islamabad to act against terrorism.

Earlier in the day, Islamabad arrested 44 Jaish-e-Mohammad members including the brother of its chief, Mufti Abdul Rouf. Ministry of Interior said that the actions would continue for the two weeks and every detail would be shared with all the stakeholders.

Masood Azhar’s terror outfit had claimed the responsibility of Pulwama bombing. Immediately after the suicide attack, India took strict measures to isolate Pakistan for its involvement in abetting terrorism. India also took away Most Favoured Nation status Pakistan and hiked the customs duty to 200 per cent.

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