Crackdown On Terror Financing: Hafiz Saeed, Others Booked By CTD Punjab
As the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) launched a crackdown on terrorism financing, cases have been registered against Hafiz Saeed of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and other leaders.
According to a press release, they have been booked in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan for collection of funds for terrorism financing through assets/properties made and held in the names of Trusts/ Non-Profit Organisations (NPO), including Al-Anfaal Trust, Dawat-ul-Irshad Trust and Muaz Bin Jabal Trust.
Investigations have been launched into finances of proscribed organisations – JuD and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – in connection with implementation of UN sanctions against these designated entities and persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its meeting on January 1, 2019 chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan for implementing the National Action Plan (NAP).
According to details, the CTD has registered 23 cases against the leadership of JuD, LeT and FIF (Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation) for accumulating assets from terrorism financing through the following Trusts/NPOs: Dawat-ul-Irshad Trust, Muaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al Anfaal Trust, Al Hamd Trust and Al Madina Foundation Trust.
The leaders who have been booked are: Hafiz Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yahya Aziz, Muhammad Naeem Sheikh, Mohsin Bilal, Abdul Raqeeb, Dr Ahmad Daud, Dr Muhammad Ayub, Abdullah Ubaid, Muhammad Ali, Abdul Ghaffar and others.
These outfits – JuD, LeT and FIF – made these assets through terrorism financing, which were held and used to raise more funds. Hence, they committed multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering under Anti Terrorism Act 1997. They will be prosecuted in anti-terrorism courts for commission of these offences.
These assets/NPOs have already been taken over by the government in compliance with the UN sanctions.