The Pakistan government is working on a draft bill to replace the presidential ordinance that banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa as well as other organisations and individuals on the watch list of the interior ministry.
Sources in the law ministry told Dawn that the proposed draft bill to amend the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 was likely to be tabled in the upcoming session of the National Assembly scheduled to commence on April 9. The law ministry was involved in the process for the purpose of vetting the proposed draft bill, the sources said, adding that the military establishment was also on board.
The government decided to prepare a draft bill to amend the ATA as part of its damage-control campaign after the Financial Action Task Force approved a nomination proposal tabled jointly by the US, the UK, France and Germany to place Pakistan on the international watchdogs money-laundering and terror-financing grey list in February.
In addition to the draft bill, which is likely to be tabled in the upcoming NA session, Pakistan is preparing a consolidated database of known terrorists and terrorist organisations which will be accessible to financial institutions and law-enforcement agencies of the country to strengthen the regime against money laundering and terror financing.