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Pakistan plans change in its terror policy, to ban 12 terror outfits including JuD, Haqqani network

Taking view of the security situation in the country after nearly 150 people were killed in the Peshawar school massacre, Pakistan is planning to ban 12 terror outfits. According to Pakistani media, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) led by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and the dreaded Afghan-based Haqqani Network are among the 12 outfits likely to be banned.

The move is being seen as a “paradigm shift” in the country’s security policy. A formal announcement to this effect would be made in “coming days”, Pakistani media reported.

The decision came a day after the US declared the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’ following Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan this week.

The UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT after the Mumbai attacks. Since then, the UN and US have sanctioned several JuD leaders. The Haqqani network, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for the Indian embassy bombing in Kabul in 2008 that left 58 people dead, a 2011 attack on the US embassy in Kabul, and several big truck bombing attempts in Afghanistan.

“It’s our first step towards execution of the National Action Plan. The nation will see more positive steps towards dismantling militant groups. Both civilian and military leadership decided to ban the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa,” a senior intelligence official told Pakistani media.

According to reports, the list also includes Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, the Al Akhtar Trust, Al Rashid Trust,
Banning an organisation means freezing its assets, blocking funding sources and monitoring them properly.

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