Pakistan lists Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act

Islamabad,: The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province has included names of Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Saeed was placed under house arrest on January 30 and his name has also been put on the Exit Control List.

According to Pakistan Daily Dawn, a senior police officer privy to the development yesterday said that on the order of  federal interior ministry, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had added their names to the list of the 1,450 ‘fourth schedulers’.
Three other people whose names were added to the list were Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad,  Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-i-Taiba, Muridke.

The interior ministry identified the men as “active members of the Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-insaniyat”, following which  CTD was asked to “move and take necessary action” against them.

The names of three prisoners transferred to Pakistan from Guantanamo Bay had also been placed on the list, he said.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowers the government to mark a person as “proscribed”, and to place that person on the fourth schedule on an ex-parte basis. 

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