Pakistan declares 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed a terrorist under global pressure

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed looks over the crowd in Islamabad Pakistan

The move is likely to clear the air on the longstanding ambiguity over the status of 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

The FATF plenary held in Buenos Aires in November a year ago had asked Pakistan to furnish "a compliance report on actions taken against Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting". Children are also being used as a human shelter and also to sort out anti-India or anti-U.S. protests.

Resolution 1267 requires all states to freeze the assets of people and organisations on a list established by the resolution, including Saeed and his "charities".

In this regard, a UN Security Council team visited Pakistan in January to track the progress of the steps taken by Pakistan to adhere to FATF guidelines.

Under the existing provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act, groups sanctioned by the UN Security Council were not automatically listed as terrorist organisations in Pakistan.

The organisation in its last plenary meeting, held in November in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, had instructed Pakistan to submit a compliance report on the action it took against Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawah at the upcoming plenary in Paris.

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FATF has been evaluating Pakistan's records on Financing terror groups and this US-India attempt may have led to this decision on Saeed. Will Pakistan go as far as actually arresting Saeed and trying him for his crimes, including the attack on Mumbai?

Pakistan was earlier placed in the "grey list" in February 2012 and stayed on it for three years.

The move comes as Washington piles pressure on Pakistan to take action against Hafiz Saeed after he was released from house arrest in the eastern city of Lahore.

A senior Interior Ministry official said that the worldwide community has been conveyed that Pakistan will honour its commitments but it needed time to resolve the issue of JuD leadership.

Ismail said Pakistan had already taken over some parts of Saeed's organisations and that he believed other FATF nations would recognise Pakistan had made serious efforts to deal with militant financing.

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