Charities run by radical cleric no longer banned by Pakistan

Hafiz Said, leader of the Pakistani religious party, Jamaat-ud-Dawa addresses a rally to express solidarity with Indian Kashmiris in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. They have rallied to denounce the recent killings by Indian forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two charities linked to a radical cleric wanted by the U.S. are no longer on Pakistan’s list of banned groups because a presidential order banning them under a U.N. resolution has lapsed.

The presidential ordinance regarding Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, founded by cleric Hafiz Saeed, lapsed without parliament’s approval.

The issue came up in the Islamabad High Court, where Saeed challenged the ordinance banning the two entities. Presidential orders must be extended or passed as an act of parliament.

Saeed founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, which was blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat are alleged fronts for Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The United States has offered a $10 million reward for Saeed’s arrest.

Saeed denies involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

Pakistan released Saeed in November after 11 months of house arrest.

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