ISLAMABAD -  After the federal government recently promulgated an ordinance to proscribe those organisations listed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), it has moved for taking over of assets and human resources of Hafiz Saeed-linked Jamaatud Dawa and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation.

The Ministry of Interior through a statutory notification, available with The Nation, had directed that, “requisite actions with regard to freezing and taking over of assets [moveable, immoveable and human resources] associated with [the] JuD and [the] FIF be taken in pursuance of Ordinance No II of 2018.”

A senior officer of the ministry said that all the provinces had been directed to take over assets of the JuD and the FIF.

However, it is unclear whether the JuD and the FIF had been added to the list of banned organisations of the interior ministry by placing both in the Schedule I (a list that maintains banned organizations) or not.

A spokesperson of the interior ministry declined to respond on the issue.

A security official said that it would remain difficult for the provinces to implement the decision if both groups were not included in Schedule I through a separate notification by the interior ministry.

Yahya Mujahid, the spokesperson of the JuD, in a statement reacted over the notification of the government regarding freezing of assets of the JuD and the FIF.

Its purpose is to appease the US and India and with the decision, relief activities of both organisations would be affected. 

He said that it had become difficult for JuD to run its welfare projects in the present circumstances and they would fight the legal battle.

The move to freeze assets came days before a key meeting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global terror financing watchdog, is scheduled to take place next week in Paris.

The meeting of FATF member states will consider a US-sponsored motion to place Pakistan on a list of global terror financing watchlist.

The United States with the help of other countries had put forward a motion before the FATF to place Pakistan on the global terrorist-financing watchlist.

Pakistan government wants to get the nomination withdrawn and freezing of assets of the JuD and the FIF are part of the efforts to make the case of Pakistan strong, the official said.

Pakistan was previously on the FATF watchlist from 2012 to 2015.

The Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told media that the provincial government had received the interior ministry's directions, and in the light of these, they had already started taking over all offices, schools, dispensaries and seminaries belonging to the JuD and the FIF.

President Mamnoon Hussain last week had promulgated an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

The amendment allows proscription of terrorist individuals and organisations that have been listed by the UNSC as terror organisations.

The ordinance amends sections 11-B and 11-EE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

Section 11-B provides parameters for proscription of organisations, whereas Section 11-EE describes the grounds for listing of individuals in terrorists' list.