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PTI government freezes close to 1,000 properties associated with banned outfits

The government has frozen 964 properties of proscribed outfits Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

Interior ministry stated in Senate on Wednesday that the government has frozen 964 properties of illegal groups Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) according to the Express Tribune. Responding to a Jamaat-e-Islami Senator’s question, the ministry clarified that 907 of seized properties belonged to JuD and 57 were JeM’s.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, while submitting his written reply in the Senate, explained that provincial home departments had seized the properties according to the United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019 issued by the foreign affairs ministry.

Properties of illegal groups frozen by provincial home departments

A total of 611 properties of JuD and eight of JeM have been frozen in Punjab followed by 108 of JUD and 29 of JeM in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa; 80 of JUD and three of JeM in Sindh and 30 of JUD and one of JeM in Balochistan. Likewise, 17 properties of JUD and four of JeM in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and 61 of JUD and 12 of JeM in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

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JuD’s frozen properties include 76 schools, 4 colleges, 330 mosques and seminaries, 186 dispensaries, 15 hospitals, 262 ambulances, a funeral bus, 3 disaster management offices, 10 boats, 17 buildings, a plot, an agricultural land and 2 motorcycles. JeM’s now frozen properties include 53 mosques and seminaries, two dispensaries and two ambulances.

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JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed was sentenced to five and a half years earlier this year by an anti-terrorism court for terror financing and contact with a proscribed group. The government banned the JuD in February of last year and clamped down on the JeM which was banned by General Pervez Musharraf in 2002. LeT too is a proscribed outfit.

GVS News Desk