Hafiz Saeed goes to court: What led to Pakistan banning organisations run by Saeed

Saeed said the Pakistani government is “taking extreme action against us” to please America and India.

Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, will challenge the Pakistan government’s decision of a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by his organisation.

Saeed said the Pakistani government is “taking extreme action against us” to please America and India.

“After detaining me for 10 months without any legal ground, the government has now issued a notification regarding taking over our schools, dispensaries, ambulances and other assets. It will hamper our relief operations in Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh, Azad Kashmir and northern areas,” Saeed said after the government’s action.

The rift between Pakistan and USA began with Donald Trump’s tweet that hinted at cutting off aid for Islamabad due to its support to terror operations. Later, USA went on to suspend nearly USD 2 billion dollars security assistance to Islamabad to condemn Pakistan’s involvement in funding of terrorist activities.

The Pakistan government responded angrily, saying that it has always stood for peace. After many heated exchanges, USA sided with India in demanding a terrorist declaration of Hafiz Saeed. The US labelled JuD a terrorist front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and said that many Indians and some Americans died in the Mumbai attacks. The USA stands by India and believes that Hafiz Saeed was the mastermind behind the attacks.

USA pushed for a motion in the UN to put Pakistan on the global terrorist financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group.

Within a few days, a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris will be held where USA and India were planning to put pressure on the organisation to put Pakistan in the grey list, which would mean increased costs of doing international business and cross-border transactions for Pakistan.

Under global pressure, Pakistan and banned donation collection by the organisations linked with Hafiz Saeed.


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