On Wednesday, Pakistani officials announced a crackdown on Hafiz Saeed, accused of the lethal assaults on Mumbai in 2008, in the midst of increasing global pressure to act against militant groups.
Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Department reported that it had initiated 23 instances against Saeed, and 12 aides for using five trusts to raise funds and gifts for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), blamed by India and the United States for the attacks in Mumbai that murdered 166 people. Also, targeted were two prohibited LeT-linked charities, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Foundation and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, the Department said.
The department for counter-terrorism said the action was in line with the U.N. Sanctions against persons and entities. The move follows pressure from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which put Pakistan on its "grey list" of nations with insufficient control over money laundering and terrorist financing last year.
A Delhi diplomatic source said the crackdown was a direct consequence of the ultimatum of the FATF plenary to implement all 27 action points by October. Last month, the plenary met in Orlando, USA. Other Pakistan-related regions include non-freezing weapons shops, terrorist outfit ammunition dumps, absence of enforcement of targeted financial sanctions measures against all UN-designated organizations, and not stopping the Pakistan government's subsistence allowance for terrorists.
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