Pakistan has banned Tehreek-e-Azadi, Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK) after India raised the issue at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global anti-financial terror body in February this year.India claims that TAJK is the front of Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). As per the website of the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), Interior Ministry of Pakistan has Placed TAJK on the list of “proscribed organisations” on June 8. Organisations like Jaish-e-Mohammat, Al Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban and Balochistan Liberation Army are among the few names of 64 organisations.On January 14, Hafiz had appeared at a Press conference held by TAJK Chairman Ghulam Mohammad Safi and a few days later Pakistan had put Saeed under house arrest.In the video available with The Hindu, Safi said: “I congratulate Hafiz Saeed that he has declared 2017 as the year of Kashmir and that he has agreed to run his programme under the banner of TAJK.” JuD had out the video and also had its logo. JuD, however, isn’t banned in Pakistan, it was placed under the category of “organisations under watch” on 27 January this year. Saeed was put under house arrest three days later. India raised its concerns over the activities of TAJK at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary at Paris in February.The move comes after years of pressure on Pakistan to put Saeed on trial and could ease recently escalating tensions with neighbour and arch-foe India. The United States has offered $10 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed, who heads Islamic charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). U.S. officials say JuD is a front for the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).India’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Saeed’s continued freedom has been a source of continuing friction between nuclear-armed neighbours Pakistan and India as well as the United States. Awan said the Pakistani government had been under pressure from the United States to take action against Saeed or face sanctions.
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