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Pakistan bans two Hafiz Saeed-linked charities

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan banned two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed who India alleges had masterminded the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The move to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation — the two organisations that India believes are front for the banned Laskhar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the hint of possible action against Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) came during a meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC).

India blames the LeT for carrying out the Mumbai attack which killed over 160 people. Delhi also claims that Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of JeM, the group that purportedly claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack, is based in Pakistan.

The decision to impose a ban on the Saeed-linked charities was taken at the meeting of the National Security Committee headed by Prime Minister Imran. The meeting was attended by key federal ministers, three services chiefs as well as heads of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI).

Soon after the meeting that lasted over three hours, the interior ministry issued a statement in which it said that the NSC reviewed the National Action Plan (NAP) in detail.

“It was decided during the meeting to accelerate action against the proscribed organisations,” it added. “It was further decided that Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e- Insaniat Foundation be notified as proscribed organisations by the ministry of interior.”