United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain has cleared an ordinance amending a section of the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) that is going to ban various terrorist organizations, inlcuding Jumaat-Ud-Dawa, led by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, thus declaring him a terrorist. Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Mujahideen, are inlcuded in the list of 27 banned organizations and feature on the the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) list. This ordinance was made public on Monday, but had been pushed by the President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain on Friday. The amends made in the Ordinance will clear any ambiguity about the nature of crimes that have been committed by Hafiz Saeed, and other organizations, thus, making it impossible for the terrorist to escape justice.
Hafiz Saeed has been a notorious terrorist in India, and has been responsible for various terror attacks, including masterminding, 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks, 2006 Mumbai train bombing, and 2001 Indian Parliament Terror attack. But, he hasn’t been tried judicially by the Pakistani authorities until now, and was let go last year from house arrest as the Home department had decided against filing any criminal case against him.
He has been known for making various inflammatory speeches that directly tell people to incite violence against India, but had also evaded justice. Pakistan’s move to brand him as a terrorist officially could be in response of the pressure from the UN, and the fact that United States Prime Minister withdrew aid given to the country last year.