Pakistan on Wednesday placed Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's name on the Exit Control List. This comes two days after the Mumbai attack mastermind and his four aides were put under house arrest.
Pakistan Interior Ministry forwarded a letter to all provincial governments and the Federal Investigation Agency, which included names of 38 individuals placed on the list, preventing them from leaving the country. All of them were said to be linked with JuD or Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Earlier, Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) had been placed on the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions.
“Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz are reportedly active members of the aforementioned organisations within the meaning of Section 11EEE(1) of the ATA 1997 (as amended),” read a notification issued by the ministry.
“As such, they must be placed under preventive detention,” it added.
Saeed is currently under house arrest for 90 days. Reports were doing the rounds that Islamabad being under immense pressure from new US administration had to take action against Saeed and his organisations.
Saeed was also put under house arrest after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 but he was freed by court in 2009.
With PTI Inputs