The move is likely to clear the air on the longstanding ambiguity over the status of 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). They are also being used as human shields and also to organise anti-India or anti-U.S. protests.
This is a dramatic turn of events since less than a month ago, when PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi insisted there's no case against "Hafiz Saeed sahib".
The intergovernmental body had at its plenary in Buenos Aires held in November past year had asked Pakistan to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting.
Ordinance, 2018 that enables the government to impose a ban on the entities banned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Pakistan has informed the committee of the decision it has chose to undertake.
Pakistan on Monday endorsed the United Nations' list of banned terrorist organisations by extending the ban on the said outfits in Pakistan as well, DawnNews reported.
Hafiz Saeed, who has been "protected" until now, has been finally declared as a terrorist.
Saeed has repeatedly denied involvement in the Mumbai attacks and says the charitable organisations he founded and controls have no ties with militants.
Pakistan's top civil-military coordination forum had reviewed the steps taken by the federal and provincial governments for compliance with FATF requirements in view of the upcoming FATF plenary meeting, which will take up a report to be submitted by Pakistan on actions taken to choke funding of JuD chief Saeed and the organisations linked with him. A separate JuD statement said it would fight a legal battle to against the action, which it said Pakistan was taking to please America and India.
Of late, Pakistan has been trying hard to please the global community by cracking down on terror organisations and individuals operating from its soil.
The official said medical centres and ambulances owned by Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) - the charitable wing of Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa - were taken into "state custody" on Wednesday.