THIRUVANANTHAPURAM l SUNDAY l AUGUST 23, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION FEARING FATF ACTION, PAK STEPS UP CURBS ON TERRORISTS The new sanctions target Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and others including JuD chief Hafiz Saeed OCT DEADLINE TO AVOID BLACKLISTING PAK GIVES DAWOOD’S KARACHI ADDRESS The Financial Action Task Force put Pakistan on its grey list in June 2018, and directed Islamabad to take 27 steps to curb terror financing before June 2019. However, even a year after the deadline, Pakistan was still in non-compliance with the directives. In June, the watchdog retained Pak on its grey list and sought action by October to avoid being black-listed ■ ■ Islamabad issued two orders on August 18, announcing sweeping sanctions on 88 terrorist groups and their leaders Dawood Ibrahim and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar are among those hit. Islamabad finally admitted that Ibrahim lives in Pak as the order mentions his Karachi address | P7 FATF IS AN INTERNATIONAL WATCHDOG SET UP TO COMBAT TERRORIST FINANCING CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Centre asks states to lift cross-border restrictions Six parties vow to fight Centre’s Art 370 action FAYAZ WANI @ Srinagar Home ministry tells states and UTs local-level curbs on movement of goods are affecting economic activities and employment THE six biggest political parties in Jammu and Kashmir — the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party, Congress, Peoples Conference, CPI (M) and the Awami National Conference — on Saturday vowed to unitedly fight for the restoration of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution and the statehood for J&K. “We all reiterate that we are bound, wholly by the con, tents of the August 4, 2019 ‘Gupkar Declaration’ and will unwaveringly adhere to it,” a joint statement released by the National Conference said. Under the Gupkar Declaration, the parties had vowed to protect and safeguard J&K’s special status. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi ALL SMILES AS ONAM BEGINS Joyous children pluck flowers to make floral carpet in Kozhikode on Saturday, the first day of Onam celebrations | MANU R MAVELIL Sandalwood smugglers shoot tribal woman dead rested while two minors As per a preliminary have been taken into probe, the accused had custody A sandalwood . a fight with the victim smuggling case is suspecting that she pending against had passed on inforKaliyappan. mation about the rack“They used a counet to forest officers. K Chandrika trymade gun to shoot The local people the woman down. We’ve recov- nabbed the accused and handered the weapon and it will be ed over to the police. sent for forensic test,” said The police said the Forest DeMarayur Inspector Sunil S. partment was actively pursu- E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi A 34-year-old tribal woman was shot dead by members of a sandalwood smuggling gang in Idukki on Friday suspecting her to be an informer. The police said the deceased is K Chandrika, a resident of a Panapatti tribal settlement in Marayur. Kaliyappan, a relative of the victim, has been ar- ing the activities of smugglers after a sandalwood tree was reportedly smuggled out from the area by a gang. Based on certain specific information, the department had also raided the area and arrested some members of the smuggling racket. Following this, the racket suspected that it was Chandrika who had passed on the details to the forest officials. Bombay HC quashes UAE aid to Jaleel on FIRs against Jamaatis, FinMin probe radar says they were targeted EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @T’Puram EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai STATING that followers of the Tablighi Jamaat were made “scapegoats”, the Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench on Friday quashed the first information reports (FIR) against 29 foreign national belonging to the Jamaat. The court observed that the foreigners had no option but to stay in masjids as no hotels were available for stay due to the lockdown. The foreign nationals were booked under various provisions of Indian Penal Code, Epidemic Diseases Act, Maharashtra Police Act, Disaster Management Act and the Foreigner’s Act for allegedly violating their tourist visa conditions by attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi. Police also booked six Indian nationals and trustees of the masjids for giving shelter to the petitioners, KERALA CASE DIARY Low-risk contacts needn’t go into 14-day quarantine T’Puram: From now, only high-risk contacts of Covid patients must remain in 14-day quarantine. As per a revised advisory issued by the Health Department, low-risk primary contacts need not remain in quarantine, but are asked to avoid all non-essential travel. House of Covid +ve family attacked The house of a family infected with Covid-19 was attacked by miscreants in Vayalar near Cherthala on Friday. P4 WITH THIS ISSUE PLUS 12 PAGES who belong to various countries inlcuding the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, Djibouti, Benin and Indonesia. A division bench of Justice T V Nalawade and Justice M G Sewlikar of the Aurangabad bench heard three separate petitions. “A political government tries to find the scapegoat when there is pandemic or calamity and the circumstances show that there is probability that these foreigners were chosen to make them a scape goat,” the bench said. In a 58-page strongly worded judgement, the bench said “in big religious places, including masjids, there are arrangements of stay made for religious persons or the persons who are involved for maintaining of the masjids.” If pilgrims or followers are made to stay in an emergency situation, it cannot be seen as a breach of rules and the law, the court said. CONTINUED ON: P7 IN WHAT may spell more trouble for Higher Education Minister K T Jaleel, the Centre has reportedly decided to probe Life Mission: whether the minister violated ED notice to the foreign exchange rules chief secretary while receiving the assistance T’Puram: The from the UAE Consulate. Enforcement In a Facebook post, Jaleel Directorate has sent had admitted to receiving aid a notice to Chief from the UAE Consulate in the Secretary Vishwas form of Ramadan kit worth `5 Mehta seeking lakh. The minister had direct- clarification on ly dealt with the consulate to whether Centre’s avail of the aid. In the wake of permission was the revelation, the Centre was obtained before flooded with numerous com- entering into an plaints against him. agreement with a Jaleel’s decision to distrib- foreign institution ute copies of Holy Quran given for the project. P4 by the UAE Consulate is also under a cloud. Sources said the possibility of Central agencies joining the Union finance ministry’s probe cannot be ruled out. Jaleel said he was ready to face any kind of probe. “I’ve nothing to fear. I’ve already clarified that I’m ready to face any kind of investigation by any agency he said. ,” The minister, who is in quarantine, has been directed to extend the self-isolation period after his gunman tested positive for Covid-19. Jaleel said he was available on phone for any queries. Suspected IS terrorist with 15kg of explosives arrested: Police E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi THE Delhi Police special cell has arrested a suspected Islamic State operative after a brief exchange of fire on the Ridge Road at Dhaula Kuan late on Friday night. The police said the accused, Muhammad Mustakeem Khan alias Abdul Yusuf, 36, was planning terror strikes at various spots with “high footfalls.” The police claimed to have recovered two pressure cooker Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) weighing approximately 15kg, a pistol with six cartridges and a motorcycle in which he was travelling. The ownership of the motorcycle was being verified but the police said it was most probably stolen. As per the standard operating procedure, the Delhi Police informed the Na- tional Security Guard, whose team defused the IED. Briefing reporters about the operation, DCP special cell Pramod Kushwaha said their teams had working on this for the past one year. “His plan was to enter the city during Independence Day and carry out terror strikes but he could not near the national capital because of heavy security arrangements,” Kushwaha said. After Independence Day, trying to take advantage of loosened security, he reached the city “but he was caught red handed during the operation,” the DCP said. “The accused and his contacts were being monitored through sources. We found out that he was in direct touch with his ISIS handlers for many years. This operation was being handled by Yisf Alindi, who was recently killed in Syria,” Kushwaha said. TAKING a grim view of the mindless restrictions imposed by many states on inter-state and intra-state movement of goods and services, the Centre on Saturday said such curbs are affecting economic activities and employment. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla shot off a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, expressing concerns over reports of local-level restrictions on movement of persons and materials imposed by various districts and states. The chief secretaries were told not to impose any restrictions on inter-state or intrastate movement, war ning them such restrictions would amount to violation of the Unlock-3 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The letter explained that unnecessary hindrance to free movement of vehicles imposed by states is impacting supply chains. The Centre Trucks wait at Sri City near AndhraTamil Nadu border| SHIBA PRASAD SAHU urged states and UTs to lift restrictions, reminding them that no separate permit is needed for movement of persons and goods. “The letter draws attention to para 5 of Unlock-3 guidelines that clearly states that there shall be no restrictions on inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. This para also states that no separate permission/ approval/e-permit will be required for such movement of persons and goods for cross land border trade under treaties with neighbouring coun- tries,” an MHA official said. In his letter, Bhalla noted local-level restrictions run afoul of the guidelines issued by the MHA under provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005. The communication urged states and UTs to ensure that the Centre’s unlock guidelines are strictly followed. Cross-border movement of people and goods was stopped during the first two months of the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Transportation was resumed gradually, first in May as part of Lockdown 5 guidelines, with the Centre allowing movement within and between states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi first announced lockdown with effect from March 25 to combat the Covid-19 pandemic which was subsequently extended till May 31. Since June 1, the unlock process began with the opening up of industrial activities and offices across the country . Currently, India is in the third phase of unlock.
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