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Pak planning decisive crackdown on militant outfits: Report

Islamabad, Mar 4: A decisive crackdown on extremist and militant organisations in Pakistan looks imminent, the country’s media reported on Monday.

“The action would soon be visible as things progress,” Dawn reported.


As per it, the imminence of an action against extremist groups was confirmed by Pakistan Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry.
“He said the government had taken a firm decision that there would be a stern action against all militant groups. This, he said, was in accordance with the political consensus contained in the National Action Plan (NAP),” Dawn reported.

As per it, the Pakistan information minister refused to give any timeline for the operation against militant groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), accused of masterminding the Pulwama attack that triggered the latest crisis with India and took both nuclear-armed rivals close to war, and Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).

Chaudhry, as per Dawn, said the timeline was something for the security forces to decide.

“We are taking action in our national interest. We have to correct the course. We cannot leave this mess for our next generation,” Dawn quoted a source saying.


Country issues order to seize assets of all banned outfits

Islamabad, Mar 4: The Pakistan government on Monday issued an order to streamline the process for implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities designated by the United Nations Security Council, Country’s Foreign Office announced, reported Dawn.
The United Nations Security Council (Freezing and Seizure) Order, 2019, has been issued in accordance with the provisions of Pakistan’s United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Act, 1948.
As per Dawn, FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said it means that the Pakistan government has taken over the control of all banned outfits operating in the country.
“[From now onwards], all kinds of assets and properties of all [banned] organisations will be in the government’s control,” the spokesperson told DawnNewsTV.
He added that the Pakistan government will now also seize the charity wings and ambulances of such banned outfits.
“The objective of the [order] is to streamline the procedure for implementation of Security Council Sanctions against designated individuals and entities,” the FO spokesperson said in a statement