ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has included the names of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed and 37 other on the Exit Control List, two days after he was placed under house arrest.
The ministry has forwarded letters to all provincial governments and the Federal Investigation Agency, which includes names of all 38 individuals placed on the ECL. All of them were said to be affiliated with JuD or Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The move effectively bars the 38 individuals from leaving the country.
The move comes two days after authorities placed Saeed under house arrest along with four other individuals, namely Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz.
In a notification, the Ministry of Interior said it had “placed Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JUD) on the Watch List as per UNSC 1267 Sanctions and have listed these organizations in the Second Schedule of the ATA 1997 (as amended).”
“Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Abdullah Ubaid, Zafar Iqbal, Abdur Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Niaz are reportedly active members of the aforementioned organizations within the meaning of Section 11EEE(1) of the ATA 1997 (as amended),” said the ministry.
“As such, they must be placed under preventive detention,” it said.
Following the house arrest, the military’s media wing clarified that the decision to place restrictions on the JuD chief was a policy decision.
“This was a policy decision taken by the state in the national interest and several institutions will have to play their role. This news came yesterday and in the coming days more details will be available,” DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor told reporters on Tuesday.
Gen Ghafoor said there was no foreign pressure behind the decision and it was taken in the national interest.