Responding to media query, the Spokesperson said that the story published in an English language newspaper on 12 July 2020 about the restoration of bank accounts of UN Designated Persons is factually incorrect and misleading. The bank accounts belonging to the UN Designated Persons have not been unfrozen by Pakistan. The targeted financial sanctions, on the UN Designated Persons, including freezing of their bank accounts are in place and being strictly monitored, in compliance with the UN sanctions.

The UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee had granted basic expense exemptions to the designated individuals in 2019, in accordance with the exemption provisions of the relevant UNSC resolutions provided for in the relevant UNSC resolutions. The exemptions were granted to allow these individuals to meet their basic expenses and do not involve any restoration or unfreezing of the bank accounts. These exemptions are being enforced and monitored as per law.

It is hoped that due care would be taken in ascertaining facts with relevant government departments before filing such reports in the future.

Islamabad

13 July 2020

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