Pakistan bans Hafiz Saeed’s terror group

By NL Team

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Pakistan banned terror group Tehreek-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK), allegedly a front for the Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). Saeed is said to be the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks killing over 160 people.

According to Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority’s website, TAJK was banned by Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on June 8.

This comes days after an Indo-US joint statement called on “Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries”.

Pakistan recently froze the accounts of over 5,000 suspected militants, ahead of an intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force assessment of “high-risk and non-cooperative jurisdictions” scheduled next month.

A senior US government official told Pakistan “it would be put on FATF’s blacklist if Islamabad did not take action against JuD and other similar outfits and their funding mechanisms.”