Trump Effect? Pakistan Bans Donations To 72 'Terrorist' Groups

| January 7 , 2018 , 13:11 IST

Days after US President Donald Trump's strongly worded tweet on the inaction of Pakistan against safe havens of terrorists on its soil, and withdrawing financial aid, Pakistan on Sunday announced a penalty for donation of funds to 72 'terror groups'.

Pakistan, in a public advertisement published in major Urdu newspapers, warned individuals or groups from giving funds to 72 groups including Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), Lashkar-e-Toiba of Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad of Masood Azhar.

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Those giving funds may face "five to 10 years in jail or up to Rs. 10 million fine or both," the announcement said, listing the 72 groups as not eligible to receive public donations. The same groups had once been categorised by the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed as "charities".

The Pakistan government stated that it wanted to stop the flow of money given as charity from going to the wrong hands, saying that its anti-terrorism laws, as well as those of the United Nations, make it a crime to give donations to groups that are nothing but terrorist organisations.

In the past, US has identified JuD and FIF as "terrorist fronts" for the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group which is considered to be responsible for the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai that led to the death of 166 people.

According to reports, the Pakistani government plans to seize control of the "charities" and the financial assets linked to Hafiz Saeed.