UN Rejected Hafeez Saeed’s Plea For Removal From List From Banned Terrorists.
The decision of UN comes as a major stike to Jamaat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafeez Saeed, rejecting his plea to remove his name from the list of banned terrorists.
This came two days after the Pakistan government formally banned the terror group and its affiliate Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
Hafeez Saeed was the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and his group was banned in December 2008, by the United Nations Security Council following the Mumbai attacks. Thereafter, he filed an appeal through a Lahore based firm in Mirza and Mirza in 2017.
UN appointed an independent Ombudsman Daniel Kipfer Fasciati to examine such requests and he informed Saeed’s lawyer Haider Rasul Mirza that he will “continue as a listed individual.”
India played a key role in providing detailed evidence including ‘highly confidential information” relating to JuD leader’s activities.
The Ombudsman said that on based of collected information, UN decided to continue with the ban as “there was sufficient information to provide a reasonable and credible basis for continuing the listing,” sources said. He also added that recommendation was endorsed by the UN’s Sanctions Committee.
According to sources, Saeed’s request was opposed by India as well as other countries that had originally listed him- US, UK and France.