Pakistan arrests dozens of members of banned outfits, announces seizure of assets

Published By ITCT News Desk On : March 5, 2019
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Pakistan: Pakistan on Tuesday arrested 44 members of banned outfits including a brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

State Minister for Information Minister Shehryar Afiri said at a  press conference that the action is not result of any pressure.

Mufti Abdur Rauf, brother of Maulana Azhar, and Hammad Azhar are among those arrested during the crackdown.

The minister said the  action would be taken against all the proscribed  organizations.

Secretary Interior said dossier shared by Indian government with Pakistan also contained names of   Mufti Abdur  Rauf and Hammad Azhar.

Updated list of banned outfits issued by Pakistan government on 5th March 2019

Senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir said the crackdown was launched as part of National Action Plan (NAP), adding that the people arrested during the crackdown offered no resistance  as law enforcers took them into custody.

He said number of detainees would  rise as  the crackdown was expected to continue for days.

Earlier, the federal government on Monday issued an order to streamline the process for implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities designated by the United Nations Security Council, the Foreign Office had announced.

The United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019, has been issued in accordance with the provisions of Pakistan’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Act, 1948.

FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the government has taken over the control of all proscribed outfits operating in the country.

“[From now onwards], all kinds of assets and properties of all [banned] organisations will be in the government’s control,” the spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.

He added that the government will now also seize the charity wings and ambulances of such banned outfits.

“The objective of the [order] is to streamline the procedure for implementation of Security Council Sanctions against designated individuals and entities,” the FO spokesperson said in a statement.

The handout explained that the UN Charter authorises the UNSC to decide measures, “not involving the use of armed force”, that governments should implement to give effect to the council’s decisions for the maintenance of international peace and security.

In Pakistan, such decisions of the UNSC are implemented through the UNSC Act, 1948.

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