UN committee allows Hafiz Saeed to draw Rs150,000 – Newspaper

NEW YORK: The UN Security Council sanctions committee has allowed Pakistan to allow Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed to use his bank account for personal expenses.

Saeed is a global terrorist appointed by the UN. The United States Department of the Treasury also declared him a specially designated global terrorist and since 2012 he has offered a $ 10 million reward for his arrest.

The committee dealing with these matters informed the Permanent Mission of Pakistan at the United Nations that Hafiz Saeed can use his bank account for "basic expenses" to help his family.

The committee said in its letter that "without raising objections" to Mr. Saeed's request and "the President approved the appeal."

Two other people who also sought a similar concession from the committee are Haji Mohammed Ashraf and Zafar Iqbal. The committee also approved their appeals.

Pakistan froze Saeed bank accounts in compliance with a UNSC resolution seeking such a ban.

According to the letter, Saeed can withdraw 150,000 rupees to cover the basic expenses necessary for him and his family. UNSC Resolution 1452 allows exemptions for globally designated terrorists to access their "frozen" bank accounts to cover basic expenses.

According to UNSCR 1452, the freezing of the order does not apply to funds and assets that the State or the relevant States determine are necessary for basic expenses such as food, rent, mortgage, medications, medical treatment and utility bills.

Members of the Pakistani media received a copy of the letter from Pakistani diplomatic sources. It is not clear why these sources decided to publish the letter one day before the Prime Minister's speech before the UN General Assembly in which he is expected to raise the issue of Kashmir strongly.

As expected, the letter has been reproduced by the Indian media.

Posted on Dawn, September 27, 2019

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1507540/un-committee-allows-hafiz-saeed-to-draw-rs150000


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