Islamabad, July 3: Lashkar-e-Taiba founder, Hafiz Saeed and members of his banned outfit, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, were booked for terror financing, Pakistan media reported on Wednesday. The Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) launched a massive crackdown on Hafiz Saeed and his aides and registered cases against five proscribed outfits. Cases were registered in Lahore, Gujranwala and Multan.
According to a report of Express News, cases were registered against Dawatul Irshad Trust, Moaz Bin Jabal Trust, Al Anfaal Trust, Al Madina Foundation Trust and Alhamd Trust under the Anti-Terrorism Act. These outfits allegedly collected funds for terror activities under the guise of charities. Those named in these cases include Hafiz Saeed, his brother-in-law Abdul Rehman Makki, Ameer Hamza and Muhammad Yahya Aziz. US, UK, France Voice Concern at FATF Meet Over Pakistan Inaction Against Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar: Sources.
Saeed and his men are accused of "promoting terrorism and raising funds to facilitate terror activities" in the cases registered by the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department. Last month, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) slammed Pakistan for failing to do enough to check terror financing and warned of action if it does not comply with the requirements in four months. JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed Not Allowed to Lead Eid-ul-Fitr Prayers at His 'Favourite' Venue in Lahore.
The FATF has already placed Pakistan in the 'Grey' list (watch list) and runs the risk of being blacklisted, after which the country can be denied aid by international bodies. In the wake of the FATF warning, India on Saturday said Pakistan should take "credible" and "irreversible" steps to address global concerns related to terrorism.