Pakistan listed Pakistan terrorist,Mumbai attack master mind “Hafiz Saeed “and four other under Anti-Terrorism Act.
Pakistan terrorist Hafiz Saeed has finally listed under the Pakistan’s Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) by the provisional Punjab government, an unstated acknowledgement of his links to violence. The Punjab government also included names of Saeed close supporters Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA). The Anti-Terrorism Act(ATA) act 1997 authorizes the government to mark a person as barred, and to place that person on the fourth-schedule on an ex-parte basis. Violations of provision of the fourth schedule result in imprisonment of up to three years and fine or both.
The other men who are listed under anti-terrorism act by the Punjab government are Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-i-Taiba, Muridke.
Along with Saeed the four other men added to the fourth schedule of the ATA and also placed under house arrest on January 30 in Lahore among an angry uproar from his party and political allies.
The ministry also directed the Counter Terrorism Department to “move and take necessary action” against them. The five men were also recognized by the Interior Ministry as active members of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i- Insaniyat (FIF). The names of Saeed and 37 other FIF and JUD leaders had already listed under the Exit Control List (ECL), barring them to leave from the country.
The listed five men will face the problems of legal consequences like scrutiny of assets and travel bans.
Saeed was listed under Anti-Terrorism Act because he was responsible for eight terror attacks which killed more than 100 people. He is also responsible for Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 and accused under house arrest, but freed by court in 2009. Imprisonment of Saeed shows that the army supported the decision by the civilian government and also noticed it as a sign of changing security priorities.He also carries a reward of 10 million USD in US for his role in terror attacks.