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Will see implementation of Sanction Regime against Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan will host UN monitors next week with an assignment to assess its compliance of the Security Council’s sanctions regime on Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and entities linked to him.

According to Dawn report published on Sunday, the UNSC sanctions monitoring team on 1267 Sanctions Committee will visit Islamabad on a two-day trip  on Jan 25 and 26 starting next Thursday for an assessment of Pakistan’s compliance with the world body’s sanctions regime.

The daily says that the visit is taking place “amid increasing pressure on Pakistan from the United States and India” with respect to the alleged inadequate implementation of the sanctions on Hafiz Saeed and entities linked to him. However, the daily say that  Pakistani officials, insist that the trip is “a routine visit”.

On Friday, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the US had clearly conveyed its concerns to Pakistan on Hafiz Saeed and called for his prosecution “to the fullest extent of the law”. She had recalled that Saeed’s name was on the UN list of designated terrorists.

Recently Pakistan ‘s PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, had indirectly supported Hafiz Saeed by saying, “there is no case against Hafiz Saeed sahib in Pakistan. If there was a case, action would be taken. This is an issue that comes to the fore repeatedly but there is no truth in it”. In Urdu language “sahib” is used as suffix to the name of the individual for showing respect.

The Dawn further said that the terms of reference of the UN monitoring team to Pakistan are not publicly known. But as per its general mandate the monitoring team assists the 1267 Committee in keeping an eye on the freezing of the financial assets of the designated individuals and entities and checking provision of training and other material to them and their travel.

The team informs that world about instances of non-compliance of the Sanctions Regime and advises and assists member states on its implementation.

The UNSC resolution 1267 was adopted unanimously on October 15, 1999 on the situation in Afghanistan, designating Osama bin Laden and associates as terrorists and establishing a sanctions regime to cover individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaeda, Osama bin Ladeh and the Taliban wherever located. The regime has been reaffirmed and modified by na dozen further UNSC resolutions.

Hafiz Saeed, the head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), is a terrorist leader designated by both the UN and US. Washington had announced a bounty of USD 10 million for his role in terror activists. He was recently released from his house arrest after Lahore High Court’s order.

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