Trusts banned to avoid sanctions
ISLAMABAD: The Al-Rashid and Al-Akhtar trusts have been banned on the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) recommendations, to avoid sanctions on Pakistan, State Minister for Interior Zafar Iqbal Warriach told the National Assembly on Monday.
Warraich was replying to a question by Asadullah Bhutto about why the two trusts were closed without following the standard procedure. The minister said that these trusts had been banned under UNSC Resolution 1267, after they were found to have links with jihadi outfits.
The recommendations from the UN sanctions committee are obligatory on all member countries, and if any country refuses to implement these recommendations, it is liable to UN’s economic sanctions, he said.
He said that the Foreign Office and the government fought the case of the two trusts at the UN when they were reported to have links with jihadi outfits in 2001 and 2005, but there was now no way out except to ban them. Earlier, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s Abdul Qadir Khanzada and the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians’ Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari grilled the government for organising a live telecast of radio awards from the Convention Centre on the day of a suicide attack in Quetta.
Source: Daily Times