Pak quietly amends anti-terror law ahead of key Paris meet

Keen to avert international sanctions, Pakistan has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to include Hafiz Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and other terrorist outfits on the list of UN proscribed groups. A media report said yesterday that a major impact of a new ordinance promulgated by Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain would be the proscription of Saeed-linked JuD and FIF along with the UN listed outfits of Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust. 

Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, heads the charity JuD, believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group. 
The report said, the move to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 ends an old discrepancy between the UN sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals. It has come ahead of the crucial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris, scheduled to be held from 18th to 23rd of this month. 

The US and India are spearheading an effort to get Pakistan included in the watchdog’s international money-laundering and terror-financing grey list. Pakistan was last placed on FATF’s grey list in February 2012 and stayed on it for three years.