Pakistan to seize assets of UN-designated banned outfits

Islamabad: The Pakistan Government on Tuesday ordered to execute the United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 on individuals and entities of the banned outfits.

This order is in accordance with Pakistan’s UN Security Council (UNSC) Act, 1948. The order comes in the backdrop of mounting international pressure on Pakistan to take strict action against terror outfits and the individuals belonging to it.

Interpreting the order, Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said it means that the government has taken over the control of all proscribed outfits operating in the country.

“(From now onwards), all kinds of assets and properties of all (banned) organisations will be in the government’s control,” the spokesperson told Dawn news.

He added that the government will also seize the charity wings and ambulances of such outfits.

It is to be believed that Pakistan has taken this action in wake of incessant terror attacks on India where India took quick measures and took every step to expose Pakistan’s role in the recent Pulwama attack. Pakistan based Jaish e Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the attack.

India has also accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists in their country and taking no strong steps in curbing their existence. Many countries such as the US, France have vocally supported India and have repeatedly asked Pakistan to eliminate terror havens on their soil.

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