Pakistan warned that individuals and groups funding the banned groups may face a jail term of up to 10 years, a fine which may amount to Rs 10 million or both.
Days after the Donald Trump administration took a major step to suspend all security assistance to Pakistan – alleging the country of providing safe havens to terror outfits – Pakistan on Saturday listed 72 banned groups and stated that those providing funds to the alleged terror organizations will be facing 10 years of imprisonment, along with a hefty fine.
In an Urdu advertisement – which was published in almost all major newspapers in Pakistan – Islamabad mentioned the names of 72 alleged terror outfits – which also includes Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Masood Azhar’s Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
The Pakistani advertisement stated that – according to Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997 of Pakistan and under UN Security Council Act of 1948 – it is a crime to fund banned groups or organizations which are on the watch list for involvement in terror activities.
Pakistan further warned that individuals and groups associated in terror funding may face a jail term from five years to up to 10 years or a fine which may amount to Rs 10 million or both. Furthermore, movable or immovable property of the accused can also be confiscated in case of any violation of the rule.
The Pakistan government’s move comes days after the Donald Trump administration took a major step to suspend all security assistance to Islamabad. Earlier, the US President accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven” to militant groups and feeding “lies and deceit” to the United States.
Pakistan has been receiving the US funds – which amounts to more than $1.15 billion – for years. The suspended amount by the US administration includes major funds – like USD 255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 and the entire USD 900 million of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) money to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017.
Confirming the suspension of funds to reporters on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “Today, we can confirm that we are suspending national security — or, excuse me — we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time.”
Further stating that the Taliban and Haqqani Network continue working actively with their bases in Pakistan – Nauert said, “Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against terror groups –including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network — we consider them to be destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel — the US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan.”
“It has been more than four months since the president’s speech and despite a sustained high-level engagement by this administration with the government of Pakistan, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilize Afghanistan and also attack US and allied personnel,” Nauert added.