India declares Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed as terrorists under new law – World

India has declared Masood Azhar, leader of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, head of the prohibited Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), as terrorists under a new law.

The Ministry of Interior of India appointed the two as terrorists under the amended Law on Amendment of Illegal Activities (Prevention).

The new law empowers the government to designate an individual as a terrorist if he is found committing, preparing, promoting or involved in an act of terror. The designation can lead to his arrest, freezing of assets and prohibition of leaving the country.

In a post shared on Twitter, in charge of South Asian affairs in the US State Department. UU. Alice G. Wells praised India for using legal authorities to designate "four notorious terrorists."

"We support India and congratulate you for using new legal authorities to designate four notorious terrorists: Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. This new law extends the possibilities of joint efforts of #USIndia to combat the scourge of terrorism".

In February, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) warned Pakistan to honor its commitments to curb terrorist financing and money laundering.

The risks to the global financial system have put virtually all of the country's machinery in an aggressive way to show tangible progress within two months of the warning.

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While the meetings were taking place, the government announced the ban on JuD and the Falah-i-Insanyat Foundation to address India's concerns that Pakistan supported these and six similar organizations, including JeM or at least considered them entities of low risk.

Earlier this year, Saeed was booked in more than a dozen cases and arrested on July 17 by counter-terrorism forces in a terrorist financing case.

India and Washington accuse Saeed of being the intellectual author of the deadly Mumbai attacks of 2008, and both previously declared him a world terrorist and the United States announced a $ 10 million reward in his head.

Azhar's name was already blacklisted by the United Nations in May after China eliminated its objection to its inclusion. India had been searching for Azhar's list since 2016, but there was a new momentum after the February 14 Pulwama attack on the Central Reserve Police Force in occupied Kashmir, which was claimed by the JeM.

Read: JeM chief Masood Azhar added to the UN terror list after China eliminates objections

The UN imposed a travel ban and froze Azhar's assets, as well as an arms embargo.



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