United Nations, Sep
26: The UN Security Council (UNSC) has allowed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief
and alleged 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed access to his bank
account, which had been frozen because of the world body’s sanctions, after
Pakistan made a plea on his behalf.
Saeed’s assets had been frozen after the UNSC sanctioned him
under Resolution 1267 for links with the Al Qaeda and Daesh.
In a decision taken on August 15, the UN Sanctions Committee
said it had received a letter from Pakistan seeking permission to allow Saeed
“certain expenditure” from his frozen bank account.
The Chair said “no objection” had been received
from any member till 3pm on that day and hence Pakistan’s request was approved.
Pakistan, in its plea, said that it had received “an
application from a Pakistani citizen” Hafiz Muhammad Saeed requesting that
he be allowed access to the frozen funds in his bank account to the tune of
Rs0.15 million “you cover necessary basic living expenses for himself and
Pakistan’s letter said the bank account had Saeed’s pension
on account of his serving as a professor for 25 years in University of
Engineering and Technology, from where he retired in 1999.
He will be able to access Rs70,000 for food and Rs25,000
each for medicines and public utilities.
Saeed carries a bounty of $10 million announced by the US.