Finally, Pakistan started to take action against the terrorist groups based on its own soil. The authorities of the country have frozen the bank accounts of around 5,100 terror suspects including Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar under the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997.
Pakistani officials said that these accounts have a net amount of over Rs 400 million. The official affirmed that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) froze the accounts of the militants. Among those, the names of 1,200 militants were listed in the ‘A’ category of the ATA, “a term used for terrorists who pose an exceptional or high risk”.
The Jaish chief’s name was in the ‘A’ category. According to officials, after the terrorist attack on the airbase of Pathankot, the Pakistan government put Azhar in the ‘protective custody’.
After the attack in January India wrote to the UN asking to take immediate action to list Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee.
Earlier this month, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA) sent almost 5,500 names to the SBP.
Pakistan national coordinator of the NCTA, Ihsan Ghani confirmed that the accounts of the suspects have frozen.
A senior SBP official said to The News, “Following the request of the ministry of interior, we have frozen accounts of all top suspected terrorists, including Masood Azhar, son of Allah Bux.”
The report said that all 5,100 suspects are listed in the Fourth Schedule of the ATA.
The accounts including those 3,078 suspects from Khyber – Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal areas, 1,443 from Punjab, 226 from Sindh, 193 from Balochistan, 106 from Gilgit- Baltistan, 27 from the Islamabad Capital Territory and 26 from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Not only Azhar but some also big names are also in the list whose accounts have frozen including Ahmed Ludhianvi of the Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat, Qari Ehsan of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Maulana Abdul Aziz of Islamabad’s radical Lal Masjid and Matiur Rehman of al-Qaeda Pakistan.