Pakistan’s Punjab government on Thursday took over Jamia Masjid Qadsia Chauburji, the headquarters of banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), in Lahore, Pakistan.
JuD and FIF-owned mosques in Islamabad have also been taken over by the Punjab police.
On Thursday, in a significant development, the United Nations rejected an appeal of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists.
Spot visuals: Pakistan’s Punjab govt takes control of Jamia Masjid Qadsia Chauburji, the headquarters of banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat, in Lahore, Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/82qNxMuxl0
ANI (@ANI) March 8, 2019
Notably, the decision comes at a time when UN’s 1267 Sanctions Committee has received a new request to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the strike.
The UN decision to reject appeal of Saeed, also a co-founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), came after India provided detailed evidence including “highly confidential information” about his activities, sources told PTI, adding that the verdict of the global body was conveyed to his lawyer Haider Rasul Mirza earlier this week.
Saeed, chief of UN-designated terrorist organisation Jammat–ud-Dawa (JuD), was banned on December 10, 2008 by the United Nations Security Council after the horrific Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.