NACTA adds TLP to banned outfits’ list of Pakistan

05:49 PM | 16 Apr, 2021
NACTA adds TLP to banned outfits’ list of Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD – National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) on Friday listed Tehreek-i-Labbaik-Pakistan (TLP) amoung country’s outlawed and banned organizations.

The authority said that any funding to the TLP led by Saad Hussain Rizvi will be considered as terror Financing.

Meanwhile, the government has started placing strict restrictions on the party after declaring it a banned outfit under the terrorism law.

Reports in local media suggest the passports and bank accounts of the central party leadership will be blocked as per rule 11-E of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

Arms licenses issued to the group's leadership and workers will be suspended as well, the Geo News reported, while the State Bank of Pakistan and provincial revenue departments will play their role in freezing the assets of the organisation.

Once these steps are taken, TLP members will not be able to buy or sell land and neither will they be able to access their bank accounts.

Earlier on Thursday, a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior said the decision had been taken as the “federal government has reasonable grounds to believe that Tehreek-e-Labbaik is engaged in terrorism, [has] acted in a manner prejudicial to the peace and security of the country, involved in creating anarchy in the country by intimidating the public.”

The notification states that Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) was engaged in acts that “caused grievous bodily harm, hurt and death to the personnel of law enforcement agencies and innocent bystanders.”

It was also accused of blocking essential health supplies to hospitals “and has used, threatened, coerced, intimidated and overawed the government, the public and created a sense of fear and insecurity in the society and the public at large.”

The ban came three days after TLP supporters took to the streets across Pakistan following the arrest of their leader Saad Hussain Rizvi.

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