Pakistan says hasn’t restored bank accounts of Mumbai attacks accused Hafiz Saeed, aides 

Pakistan head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) organisation Hafiz Saeed waves to supporters as he leaves a court in Lahore on November 21, 2017. (AFP)
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Updated 14 July 2020

Pakistan says hasn’t restored bank accounts of Mumbai attacks accused Hafiz Saeed, aides 

  • Foreign office says financial sanctions on Saeed and his associates remain in place, being strictly monitored
  • Says UNSC Sanctions Committee granted limited “exemptions” to the designated individuals in 2019 so they could meet basic expenses

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign office on Monday rejected a report in Pakistani media that the government had restored the bank accounts of Hafiz Saeed, accused by India and the United States of masterminding the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, as well as four aides.

Saeed was jailed for 11 years this February on terrorism funding charges, the first high profile figure to be convicted on such charges in Pakistan, which denies accusations that it shelters or aids militants.

Amid pressure from a world financial watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to take action against militant groups allegedly connected to Saeed, Pakistan also charged him in December with collecting funds for his organizations, which are listed as terrorist organizations by the United Nations. Saeed has pleaded not guilty.

In 2019, Pakistan also banned two charities run by Saeed as part of government steps to comply with FATF requirements.

“The story published in an English language newspaper on 12 July 2020 about the restoration of bank accounts of UN Designated Persons is factually incorrect and misleading,” the foreign office said in a statement. “The bank accounts belonging to the UN Designated Persons have not been unfrozen by Pakistan.”

On Sunday, Pakistan’s The News, an English language daily, had said the accounts of Saeed and four associates, Abdul Salam Bhuttavi, Hajji M Ashraf , Yahya Mujahid and Zafar Iqbal, had been “restored after formal approval from UN sanctions committee.”

However, the foreign office has said the financial sanctions on Saeed and his aides, including freezing their bank accounts, remained in place and were being strictly monitored by Pakistani authorities in compliance with UN sanctions.

The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee had granted “basic expense exemptions” to the designated individuals in 2019, the foreign office said, in accordance with exemption provisions of the relevant UNSC resolutions provided for in the relevant UNSC resolutions.

“The exemptions were granted to allow these individuals to meet their basic expenses and do not involve any restoration or unfreezing of the bank accounts. These exemptions are being enforced and monitored as per law,” the foreign office said. 

Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

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Shaheen Afridi upstages Taylor's ton as Pakistan beats Zimbabwe in first ODI

  • Zimbabwe lost by 26 runs when it was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs
  • Afridi outperformed everyone with 5-49

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan overcame Brendan Taylor’s century thanks to fast bowler Shaheen Afridi’s 5-49 to beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the first one-day international on Friday.
Taylor’s 112 off 117 balls — his 11th ODI hundred — ended up in a losing cause as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 255 in 49.4 overs.
Afridi was well supported by Wahab Riaz, who claimed 4-41.
In Pakistan’s first home international with no spectators because of COVID-19 restrictions at Pindi Cricket Stadium, left-handed batsmen Haris Sohail (71) and Imam-ul-Haq (58) propped up their team’s total of 281-8.
The three-match ODI series is part of the new World Cup Super League. Seven of the 13 teams in the league will directly qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India.
Taylor kept Zimbabwe in the hunt by hitting 11 fours and three sixes until Afridi returned in the 47th over and had him caught at mid-off. Zimbabwe lost its last five wickets for only 15 runs in the space of 18 balls.
“Pakistan’s bowlers' skill level at the death made it difficult for us," Taylor said.
On being named player of the match, he added, “I feel very lucky to get this man of the match award as I feel Shaheen should have got it. You’re up against a very skillful attack at the death and they were too good at the end."
Taylor and Wesley Madhevere (55) shared a 119-run, fifth-wicket stand that put Zimbabwe’s chase back on track after Afridi and Riaz reduced Zimbabwe to 115-4 in the 27th over.
But once Riaz broke the partnership by clean bowling Madhevere, Afridi followed up with the key dismissal of Taylor and swung the game back in Pakistan's favor.
“He (Taylor) played an outstanding innings, but I had confidence in Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz,” Babar Azam said after winning his first ODI as Pakistan captain. “Once Shaheen had Taylor’s wicket, I was sure we are going to win the game.”
Earlier, Zimbabwe's players didn’t show any rustiness despite this being their first international match since March as they tied down Pakistan’s much-fancied stroke-players.
Left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro (2-31) and fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani (2-39), who is making a comeback after two years out, were the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers. Muzarabani got Babar caught behind on 19.
Imam survived a television referral for lbw on 11 and went on to hit six fours. However, soon after completing his half-century he fell to a bizarre run out when he and Sohail ended up at the striker’s end.
Sohail departed in the 42nd over after hitting six fours and two sixes when offspinner Sikander Raza had him caught behind. Sohail didn’t return to the field during Zimbabwe’s chase.
Pakistan made 90 runs in the last 10 overs to post a competitive total.