The government of Pakistan has restored the bank accounts of top five leaders of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), including its chief Hafiz Saeed, following the ‘formal approval’ by United Nations’ Sanctions Committee.
According to a news report of journalist Azaz Syed published in The News, the restoration of bank accounts was taken place following the formal approval of the Sanctions Committee of United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
The Jud top members, other than Hafiz Saeed, whom accounts have been restored include Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Haji M Ashraf , Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal. However, all of them are UNSC’s enlisted terrorists though and currently facing sentences ranging 1 to 5 years in Lahore jail for terror financing cases filed against them by the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD).
The sources of the newspaper claimed that each one of the defunct JuD leader had appealed United Nations for restoring their bank accounts so that they could run their family affairs.
“Initially we did not want to file an appeal but we were advised to file it as it was difficult for our leaders to run their affairs. Not only this it would have also raise questions how our leaders are running their families so we approached the authorities as it was in our favor whatever facility we have got in terms of restoration of our bank accounts is legal and with the approval of United Nations,” a key leader of defunct organization told the journalist, on the condition of anonymity.
The leader added that these JuD members, in their request to government of Pakistan, had also mentioned about their financial income and sources of earning. The same was forwarded to the UNSC along their bank account numbers and other related details.