Islamabad - The Ministry of Law and Justice has issued an ordinance signed by the president, enabling the authorities to take action against individuals and terror outfits proscribed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

The new ordinance, signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on February 9, was issued by the law ministry on Monday aimed at removing the legal hurdles while taking action against those individuals or organisations which have been prescribed the United Nations.

The ordinance amended a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997, enabling the authorities to take action against such individuals or outfits including sealing their offices and freezing their bank accounts.

The United Nations Security Council  sanction list includes al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Lashkar-e-Taiba and others.

In December last year, the government planned to take over two charities belonging to the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and an action plan in this connection was supposed to be submitted.

In the first week of January, the government banned companies and individuals from giving donations to the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, its subsidiries and other proscribed outfits.