Punjab govt included Hafiz Muhammad Saeed name in ATA

Government of Pakistan has put name of Jamat-ud-Dawa's (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's name in Exit Control List (ECL) and 4th schedule of Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) on Saturday, reported 24 News HD. Saeed and 37 others have also been barred from travelling overseas as they were included in the interior ministry's Exit Control List.

India on Monday cautiously welcomed Pakistan's move to list militant leader Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides under the country's Anti-Terrorism Act, imposing restrictions on their movement and communication with the media. The order to name Hafiz Saeed under ATA was issued by the federal interior ministry and executed by the Counter Terrorism Department.

India today said the action against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his colleagues was a first logical step in getting the region rid of the twin menaces of terrorism and violent extremism.

The men were identified by the Interior Ministry as "active members of the Jamaatud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniyat". The order directs officials to take necessary action against Hafiz Saeed.

Three other men were also added to the list - Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-i-Taiba, Muridke.

The fourth schedule, according to Dawn, is a section of the ATA under which a person suspected of terrorism is kept under observation.

On January 30, Saeed was placed under house arrest - a move that was lauded by the military, which has been accused of using him and his terror group as strategic assets and proxies against India.

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"Detention of Saeed shows that army supported the step taken by the civilian government, and it was viewed by many as a sign of changing security priorities", the daily said.

He was put under house arrest after his alleged role in Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 but was released by the court in 2009.

The Schedule imposes a wide range of restrictions on the movement and activities of a listed person.

  • Leroy Wright