Pakistan arrests banned JuD leader Abdul Rehman Makki

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The brother in Law of banned and outlawed Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) head Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has been arrested by Punjab police on Tuesday evening. He is accused of hate speech against the crackdown and criticizing steps taken by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government regarding the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The action was taken against banned outfit when a 10-member official delegation has left for China to attend the meeting with Asia-Pacific Joint Group (APG).

The delegations will share the actions and efforts have been taken by Pakistan’s Government against money laundering and terror financing with Asia-Pacific Joint Group (APG) a regional affiliate of the Paris based Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Pakistan’s delegation headed by Finance and Revenue Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha , consisted of official of the ministry of foreign affairs, National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU), the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the State Bank of Pakistan and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), interior ministry, customs of Pakistan,

Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki the brother in law Hafiz Saeed was arrested from Gujranwala city, and shifted to Kot Lakhpat jail Lahore, under the Maintenance of Public Order Act, a law which allows the Government to keep the accused under confinement for three months (90 days). Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki was head of banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD’ s political and foreign affairs wing and was looking after its charity outfit Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) which has also been banned by the ministry of interior of Pakistan in February.

Pakistan has launched a crackdown on proscribed outfits under the National Action Plan (NAP), in the pursuance of the National Action Plan (NAP), the Interior Ministry of Pakistan has added 10 more organizations to the list of banned outfits for their alleged affiliation with banned Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led federal government had initiated a crackdown against banned outfits in line with the decisions made during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) in January this year.

The newly proscribed outfits  Al Anfal Trust, Lahore; Idara-i-Khidmat Khalaq, Lahore; Al Dawatul Irshad, Lahore; Al Hamd Trust, Lahore and Faisalabad; Mosque and Welfare Trust, Lahore; Al Madinah Foundation, Lahore; Muaz bin Jabal Education Trust, Lahore; Al Eesar Foundation, Lahore; Al-Fazal foundation, Lahore, were belong to Hafiz Saeed network and  Al Rehmat Trust Organisation, Bahawalpur; and Al Furqan Trust, Karachi are part of Jaihs-e-Mohammad (JeM) network.

On March 7, the federal government decided to place eight banned outfits from medium risk to high-risk category during an official meeting regarding implementation on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations on anti-money laundering and counter terror financing for Pakistan. According to details, these organisations include Daesh (Islamic State), Al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Afghanistan, Haqqani Network, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

United States has declared Abdul Rahman Makki global terrorist as a Specially Designated National under Executive Order 13224 in November, 2010. The State Department announced bounties of $10 million for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and $2 million for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, leading to arrest under the rewards for Justice programme, in April, 2012.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in December 2001. In May 2005, the United Nations added LeT to the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List.  In April 2008, the United States designated Jamat-ud-Dawa as a Foreign Terrorist Organization; similarly, the United Nations declared Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a terrorist organization in December 2008 after Mumbai attacks.


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