Tuesday , February 20 2018

UNSC’s team arrives as LHC restrains Govt from arresting Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad: The sanctions monitoring team of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reached Islamabad on Wednesday,  Geo News reported. The UNSC team will check on the progress made on sanctions placed on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), its relief organisation Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other proscribed organisations.

The Foreign Office spokesperson declined to give details on the number of members of the team and their scheduled meetings in the federal capital. According to sources, the UN team will be briefed by the officials of the Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and National Counter Terrorism Authority officials on the sanctions imposed by the government on the proscribed organisations.

It emerged on Jan 1 that the Pakistani government banned companies and individuals from making donations to JuD, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, and other organisations on the UNSC sanctions list.

According to a notification issued by Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), all companies have been prohibited from “donating cash to the entities and individuals listed under the UNSC sanctions committee’s consolidated list”.

The UNSC sanctions list includes the names of al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, JuD, FiF, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other organizations and individuals.

The Lahore High Court today restrained the Pakistan government from arresting Hafiz Saeed,  till further order. Saeed had yesterday moved the court seeking protection from arrest or action against Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) ahead of the visit of the monitoring team of the United Nations Security Council 1267 Sanctions Committee.

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