Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has called statements of the US State Department, which called on Pakistan to put curbs on the group in compliance with international sanctions, as disrespecting the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
A spokesperson for the JuD claimed that the group has never been banned in Pakistan and had won legal independence by the Supreme Court of Pakistan because they were working for the welfare of Pakistan.
The US State Department had issued a press brief on Thursday, which raised concerns over the public appearances of JUD president Hafiz Saeed. It called the group a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba. The statement urged Pakistan to freeze JuD’s assets, and impose travel restrictions on its leaders.
The JuD on Friday defended their chief Hafiz Saeed, insisting that he was a respectable and independent citizen of Pakistan. “If United States blames our organisation or our chief, it is a direct disrespect of the decision given by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and intervention in the internal matters of Pakistan,” a JuD spokesperson said.
JuD was cleared by investigative authorities n Pakistan of all allegations of supporting terrorism or sectarian activities. “We have always worked for the prosperity of Pakistan and Muslim Ummah,” the spokesperson said.
He added that the Difa-e-Pakistan council was working for the solidarity, progress and an independent foreign policy of Pakistan.
The JuD, he said, is the biggest hindrance in not only resuming NATO supply routes, but all conspiracies orchestrated by the US against Pakistan. He added that the JuD will remain till the destruction of the United States.
The demand to ban Difa-e-Pakistan Council conventions, was in violation of the constitution of Pakistan.
The spokesperson said that if the DPC executive council so decides, they may challenge the US statement on in the international court of justice. He reiterated that the JuD will continue to organise gatherings and processions for a complete ban on NATO supply through Pakistani territory.
JuD had organised protests all over Pakistan against granting approval for NATO supplies passing through Pakistan. Participants raised slogans against United States and government of Pakistan for supporting US policies. They observed a peaceful black Friday all over the Pakistan.