Fearing Trump, Pakistan Bans Hafiz Saeed-backed Outfit

Pakistan has banned JuD’s proxy outfit and many see this as a response to Donald Trump hinting at harder and tougher measures against Islamabad.

Hafiz Saeed

Fearing isolation and backlash from the Trump administration, Pakistan has banned terrorist Hafiz Saeed-backed outfit Tehreek-eAzadi-Jammu & Kashmir.

The banned group is seen by many as a rebranded form of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Tahreek-eAzadi has been quietly put into the list of proscribed organisations. The announcement was not officially made, but the ban figured in the list of Pakistan’s National Counter Terrorism Authority website. It was posted on June 8.

JuD has not been banned and continues under the ‘under watch’ list.

Hafiz SaeedAnalysts say the ban on JuD’s proxy outfit is to be seen in the light of the Donald Trump administration hinting at a harder line against Islamabad.

Ten days ago, the Trump’s administration had sent a stern message saying the US is contemplating amplified drone strikes on terror camps in Pakistan. That obviously unnerved Islamabad.

The ban comes ahead of the inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) scheduled to update its assessment of “high-risk and non-cooperative jurisdictions” next month. FATF is a body set up to implement legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats.

Pakistan recently froze the accounts of as many as 5,000 suspected militants, ahead of the FATF updating its list.

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