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After Pakistan crackdown, Hafiz Saeed says will move court against govt order ‘to please India’

SNS | Lahore |

In a major crackdown, Pakistan has started to take over all the moveable and immovable assets of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).

Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge the government’s “illegal” action in the court of law after Pakistan launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by him.

According to media reports, JuD’s headquarters Muridke Markaz along with its various schools, seminaries and health facilities in Punjab province have been taken over.

Under pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked JuD and FIF.

As per a report in the Indian Express, Saeed said, “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. ”

According to the interior ministry notification, a copy of which available with PTI, “the federal government is pleased to direct that requisite actions with regard to freezing and taking over of assets (movable, immovable and human resource) associated with JuD and FIF shall be taken in pursuance of Ordinance No II of 2018.”

The notification issuance date is February 10.

Punjab Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has also said that on the interior ministry’s directions, Hafiz Saeed and his charities have been banned to operate in Pakistan and the government have already started taking over all the facilities, offices, schools, dispensaries and seminaries that belong to the JuD and FIF.

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

“We will fight our case in court against this illegal action,” said Saeed, who heads the charity JuD, believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group.

Pakistan has come under intense pressure to rein in terror groups after US President Donald Trump accused the country of harbouring terrorists and suspended nearly USD 2 billion in security assistance to it.

 

(With PTI inputs)