UNSC approves Pakistan’s request, allows Hafiz Saeed to access bank accounts

Hafiz Saeed

Islamabad, Sep 24: Pakistan requested the United Nations Security Council to release the funds of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed for monthly expenses.

The Council approved the request after no objections were raised by the set deadline, 15 August 2019.

Saeed, the globally-designated terrorist, whose financial assets were frozen under the UNSC resolution 1267.

“The Chair has the honor to refer to his draft letter to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan communicating the Committee’s decision with respect to the intention of the Pakistani authorities to authorize certain expenditures to the benefit of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (ODi.263), Haji Muhammad Ashraf (ODi.265) and Zafar Iqbal (ODi.308) to cover basic expenses, as specified in the note verbale of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan pursuant to paragraph 81 (a) of resolution 2368 (2017),” the UNSC committee said in a notification dated August 15, in compliance with Resolution 1267, 1989 and 2253.

Pakistan in its letter had stated that Lashkar-e-Taiba terror chief Saeed has to support a family of four and is the sole person responsible for their food and other expenses.

Elaborating that his bank account was made inaccessible after the UNSC’s resolution to freeze his assets, Pakistan said Saeed has requested PKR 1,50,000 to cover the expenses.

“The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Nations presents its compliments to the Security Council concerning Jamaat Ud Da’wa and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, and has the honour to notify the committee, pursuant to paragraph 1(a) of security council resolution 1152(2002) and paragraph 81(a) of resolution 2360(2017), that the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has received a request from a Pakistani citizen Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is listed on the list established and maintained by the committee under permanent reference 001.263″

“… His bank account was blocked by the government of Pakistan under compliance with UNSC Resolution 1267 requesting an asset freeze exemption to access frozen funds In the amount of Pakistani rupees 011,50,000 to cover the necessary basic living expenses for himself and his family,” Pakistan said in its letter to the UNSC.

The letter said that the mastermind behind 2008 Mumbai terror attack was an assistant professor of engineering and technology in Lahore.

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