Pakistan Authorities on October 24 froze bank accounts of as many as 5100 terror suspects with more than Rs. 400 million on request of Pakistan’s interior ministry.
This list also included accounts of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar who currently is under “protective custody” after the terror attack on the Pathankot air base is January.
The announcement about the same was made by officials of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)who are part of the official team looking into this matter.
“Following a request of the Ministry of Interior, we have frozen accounts of all top suspected terrorists, including Masood Azhar, son of Allah Bux.”
According to reports, the interior ministry sent a total of three different lists which had listed thousands of suspects, including the names of kingpins of some proscribed organizations.
SBP also said that around 1,200 suspects whose accounts were frozen on October 24 were listed under the category ‘A’ of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
The above term is used for terrorists who are put under the category of “exceptional risk or high-risk terrorists”.
Azhar too been has been included in the Category ‘A’ list of suspects.
“Azhar’s name was listed in category ‘A’ of the 4th Schedule… It happened since the government put the JeM chief under ‘protective custody’ of security agencies after terrorists attacked the Pathankot Airbase.”
The list of 5500 suspected terrorists was sent by the National Counterterrorism Authority (NACTA) few weeks back.
“These accounts hold net amount worth Rs 400 million. More than 3,078 accounts of suspects whose accounts were frozen belonged to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata, 1,443 from Punjab, 226 from Sindh, 193 from Balochistan, 106 from Gilgit-Baltistan and 27 from the Islamabad Capital Territory.” – Ihsan Ghani, National Coordinator, NACTA
Few other names on this list are of suspects such as cleric of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid Maulana Aziz, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat leaders Maulvi Ahmed Ludhianvi and Aurangzeb Faroogi, Matiur Rehman of al-Qaeda, Mansoor alias Ibrahim of Tehreek-e-Taliban and Qari Ehsan alias Ustad Huzaifa and Ramzan Mengal of Lashkar-e- Jhangvi.