Pakistan government on Monday authorised its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implemented United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 against designated individuals and entities.
The objective of the order is to simplify the procedure for implementation of UNSC sanctions against designated individuals and entities.
The development comes in the backdrop of mounting international pressure on the country to take action against terror-related entities or individuals.
“The Federal Government issued the United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 in accordance with the provisions of Pakistan’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Act, 1948 (Act No.XIV of 1948),” the statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Office said.
“Any person in effective control of any property of a designated entity or designated individual shall freeze or seize such property without delay,” it added.
It clearly mentions that the order will be effective from the date of the notification of the domestic listing concerning the designated individual.
Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter authorises the United National Security Council (UNSC), acting under Article 41, to decide measures for “maintenance of international peace and security”.
The UNSC order has been formulated in line with the UNSC and FATF standards and will allow seizure of assets of entities and individuals as soon as they are designated by the relevant UNSC sanctions committee.
Pakistan government has passed the order in the wake of rising tension with New Delhi, which has taken a slew of quick measures to expose Pakistan’s role in the recent Pulwama terror attack.
India has accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists in its territory, including Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the recent attack in Pulwama.
Many countries including US had earlier issued a strict warning to Pakistan on eliminating terror havens on its soil.