Revealed: Govt decides to ban Haqqani Network, JuD

Published: January 15, 2015
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In all 12 outfits added to proscribed organisations’ list which now features 72 groups. PHOTO: AFP

In all 12 outfits added to proscribed organisations’ list which now features 72 groups. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Pakistan has decided to ban the Haqqani Network, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and 10 more organisations in a move described by security analysts as a ‘paradigm shift’ in the country’s security policy. Confirming the development, senior officials told The Express Tribune that a formal announcement to this effect would be made in ‘coming days’.  

The decision came a day after the US State Department declared the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’. Mullah Fazlullah had claimed responsibility for the December 16 bloody massacre of schoolchildren in Peshawar.

The methodical killings of the schoolchildren prompted an overhaul of the country’s policy to counter the menace of terrorism. Government and opposition parties approved a wide-ranging National Action Plan against terrorism which, inter alia, envisages establishment of military courts to expedite trials of terror suspects.

The Haqqani Network was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012. Subsequently, the UN Security Council’s Taliban sanctions committee also added the group to a UN blacklist.

The network, founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for some of the most spectacular attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. The network was believed to be using North Waziristan as a springboard for launching such attacks until the Pakistani military launched Operation Zarb-e-Azb in mid-June, last year.

Security analysts say that banning the JuD is also a significant development as India, as well as the US, have long considered the charity run by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant outfit which has been blamed by New Delhi for masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks on landmarks in Mumbai.

“It’s our first step towards execution of the National Action Plan. The nation will see more positive steps towards dismantling militant groups. Both civilian and military leadership decided to ban the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa,” a senior intelligence official confirmed to The Express Tribune on Wednesday.

The decision will certainly be welcomed by Washington and Kabul as well as New Delhi, analysts believe.

Pakistan banned 12 new organisations days before US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Pakistan this week, officials at the interior ministry revealed. With this latest addition, they explained, the number of proscribed outfits in Pakistan has reached 72.

Around 23 banned organisations were functioning with different names — like Jaish-e-Muhammad was operating as Khuddam-e-Islam or Al Rahmat Trust, they stated.

According to the list – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune – the government banned Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, the organisation which is accused of conducting terrorist attacks in Pakistan and India. Its operational commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan in 2011.

The list also features Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, the group accused of operating in disputed Kashmir state. Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, a welfare wing of the JuD, has also been banned. The government has also outlawed right-wing organisation Ummah Tameer-e-Nau, which is accused of supplying sensitive information to militants.

Similarly, the government has also banned Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited and Roshan Money Exchange which were placed under sanctions by the UN Security Council and the United States in 2012 as according to them both were being used by Taliban commanders to fund operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust have also been banned for working with al Qaeda and Jaish-e-Muhammad and facilitating activities of both groups.

Former interior secretary Tasneem Noorani described the development as a significant move toward the execution of National Action Plan against terrorism. “This move shows that the government is serious to dismantle terror groups in the country,” he said. “The ban on Haqqani Network means distinction of good and bad Taliban no longer exists in Pakistan,” he told The Express Tribune.

JuD Islamabad chapter’s spokesperson Asif Khursheed said: “Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a purely welfare and charity organisation and has never been involved in bad motives. Even, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has justified our stance in the past,” he claimed. Another JuD office bearer, however, revealed that last week the “home department sent us a letter informing us that the Jamaat is being kept on the watch-list with some two dozen other organisations.”

The executive director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, Amir Rana, also called it a ‘significant move’. “This shows the civilian and military leadership are serious to choke militants operating from Pakistan’s territory,” he told The Express Tribune.

Banning an organisation means freezing its assets, blocking funding sources and monitoring them properly, he said. In the next move, the offices, infrastructures and networks of the proscribed groups will be banned, he added. Though there is no specific mechanism of banning any organisation, the government can review its policy towards banned outfits if they change their behaviour.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2015.

Reader Comments (55)

  • Rajesh
    Jan 15, 2015 - 9:29AM

    At last…. We Indians really appreciate this. But beware as JUD will now show their true colours to you…

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  • Ashraf
    Jan 15, 2015 - 9:39AM

    The ban on JuD is a great move by Pakistan. Enough of this violent preachings.

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  • sabi
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:00AM

    Now pl ban mother of all sectarian organizations CII so that we know you are really serious and pragmatic in making this country a civilized place once again.

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  • Dajjal
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:01AM

    Yes cause simply banning other groups completely eliminated them in the past….

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  • SEAsian
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:13AM

    They will just change their names and be active again. The leaders have to be thrown in jail and not be allowed to preach violence openly. Ex-agency generals are still actively providing support for these rogue institutions.

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  • Suhail Afandi
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:15AM

    There should be peace at either sides of border…

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  • Imran
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:16AM

    You should first differentiate between what the west and India calls terrorists and what we call freedom fighters.

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  • Ahsan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:18AM

    Although good step to ban JuD & others who under the veil of welfare were involved in terrorist activities in India. But simply banning them wont do anything. Try their leaders and workers in military courts and arrest anyone who joins such organizations. Sipah e Sahaba has been renamed to ASWJ and their leaders and workers hold rallies openly. Govt must start crackdown on them. State has great powers it must exercise them

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  • Saleem
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:18AM

    More pandering to the West. Just like how Musharraf buckled to America after 9/11

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  • vortex
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:22AM

    JUD, shouldn’t have been banned,as it works for welfare for people only, that is, in flood affected areas, Thar and any other national disaster.

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  • Jan 15, 2015 - 10:36AM

    Wow! This is news! Pray that our politicians have the spine to stand up to the fallout from the religious parties. Salams.

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  • Sukkur Scythe
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:46AM

    What is the point of banning them when these groups will re-open 2 days later with new names in another office with their training camps intact?

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  • sap india
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:48AM

    Its nothing but an eye wash by Pakistani government to please the USA so that more aid can be allotted for Pakistan oh sorry aid I stan

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  • Sid
    Jan 15, 2015 - 10:51AM

    Banning this organizations while first good step does not indicate any resolve for eliminating terrorism. Whats needed is to arrest and throw in jail the founders and members otherwise they will simply just continue their work under new name. Judicial system has to be strengthened to contain those culprits in jail for rest of their life.

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  • ModiFied
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:14AM

    Will the leaders of these to be banned organizations will also be arrested and banned from forming another similar organizations? If not, banning will have no effect what so ever.

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  • Toba Alu
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:23AM

    Was it rational to wait till 55.000 people were killed? I guess no. Can we ban people’s thoughts? No. But neuroscience has shown us that compassion and love can be learned. Now find the teachers of love and compassion. Not that easy when many minds have been trained to hate.

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  • sidjeen
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:25AM

    @Dajjal you are absolutely right, but it would still be a significant move in the right direction.

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  • Baqallam Khud
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:31AM

    JuD is an active wing of ISI how can they ban it?

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  • truthbetold
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:33AM

    Is this the same old drama being played back again? Musharraf “banned” Lashkar-e-Tayiba and allowed to resurrect as Jamat ut Dawa.

    Apparently, John Kerry has informed the Pak Establishment that all free dollar doleout will be stopped if JuD and Haqqanis were not banned and thus stopping the Pak policy of “good” terrorists and “bad” terrorists.

    Will the Pak Establishment truly give up its time-tested and proven policy of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, aka, bad/good taliban policy? Not a chance.

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  • hellboy
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Simply banning the terrorist organisation will not work.Pakistan has to work hard to eliminate
    their source of money,their requirement,some with state sponsored.

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  • Alladitta
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:38AM

    Mashallah, Pakistan will become a taraqqi-afta mulk. Ban everybody who preaches violence and hate.

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  • Feroz
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:39AM

    Does banning mean that their leaders will be arrested and prosecuted alongside freezing of their bank accounts or is this ban a cosmetic announcement to tide over the angst expressed by the International community ?

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  • raider
    Jan 15, 2015 - 11:50AM

    you always came late, yes you the slugish political lot

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:03PM

    This will be the most awkward decisions, that will blur the lines and increase more hostilities for the state. Jamat ud Dawah has never been a proscribed organization as per apex court rulings, they have educational, relief network that is even more effective then Edhi and in many cases then Gov. Machinery, In fact JUD was even rescuing Peshawar victims. If Gov aims to force such organizations to turn to extremism, then its their choice.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:30PM

    If JuD members are patriotic pakistanis, they should accept this and move on.

    We want Kashmiris to be free as much as you do. Lets push for the implementation of UN Resolutions and mobilise international opinion (as it has been in Europe now in support for a Palestinian State)

    Lets also work for a tolerant and inclusive society.

    Lets make Pakistan the role model Qaid e Azam envisioned.

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  • devindersingh
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:46PM

    PM modiji really appreciate pak govt move

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  • Rana Ajeet
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:52PM

    Banning is no solution.Identify the terrorists,their financiers and supporters associated with these terror organisations and eliminate them and see the results.Can u dare to do that.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:55PM

    Good Decision. Hope fully it will help in bringing peace.
    Two things which can help achieve this:
    1. Afghan Refugees should be sent back to Afghanistan. They harbour terrorists in their houses.
    2. India should show clemency to Kashmiri people to help in bringing violence down.

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  • MAD
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:59PM

    JUD is technically the most efficient welfare organization in the country. It wont be banned. The rest i dont reallyc are about. ban them

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  • Milind
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:01PM

    This is just an eyewash… The JuD will reinvent itself under another name, under the watchful eye of the Pakistani establishment.
    What about LeT?

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  • Ansari
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:09PM

    @sap india:
    aidistan…..but better than rapistan.

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  • Tony Singh
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:49PM

    Sufficient time given to these organisations to change their names and transfer the funds to that account. LeT morphed to JuD. Now let’s see what they morph into. One thing is certain, what ever the name, they were terrorists, they are terrorists and they will be terrorists. Pakistan establishment will never let go these “strategic assets”.Recommend

  • truth
    Jan 15, 2015 - 1:58PM

    The world’s mistrust of Pakistan is far greater.
    The words of Pakistani establishment wont make them believe Pakistan BUT their acts on the ground will be the first steps towards gaining the trust of the world.

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  • zubi faridi
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:20PM

    Good move by the Nawaz Sharif Gov’t

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  • Proud Pakistani Baluch
    Jan 15, 2015 - 2:23PM

    @Rana Ajeet:

    Well for the TTP and BLA Terror outfits, the supporters and financiers are Indian Intelligence RAW through their proxies in Afghan Intelligence.

    You are right, we need to address RAW backed terror against Pakistan

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  • Mr. Rationale
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:01PM

    When a Foreign Govt. imposes ban on an organization in its country, it means that banned organization is to be destroyed completely and make it so that people belonging to such organization are well behind jail bars and can never operate again.
    But in Pakistan, banning organization means that Govt. is too lazy to do or don’t want to do anything about people belonging to organization.
    Well what else can be expected from a spineless Govt.?

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  • Muhammad Kaleem
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:12PM

    Banning Falah-i-Insaniat is by no means a good omen. They have worked hard and were at the forefront in the rescue missions in each calamity that has hit Pakistan. Their military wings, if any, should have been banned, but not the welfare activities. But Pakistan repeats its history every time any American comes here, and if that person is coming via India, such like steps are taken to appease them. And this is no good service to Pakistan. But we hope steps should be taken in Pakistan’s national interest, not favouring India or some one else. However, Long Live Pakistan and the Humanity and Down with Terrorism every where in the world.

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  • pakiindi
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:16PM

    How about also banning the ISI?

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:16PM

    @Ansari:

    aidistan…..but better than rapistan.

    ET moderation has really gone bonkers.

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  • wonderer
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:28PM

    Were we waiting for John Kerry’s guidance?

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  • Afghan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:40PM

    @Ansari:
    How?

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  • Parvez
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:41PM

    Banning is good……ensuring that they stop functioning as a support base for terror….is another thing.

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  • Abaid
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:45PM

    I came here to read comments!

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  • yagyavalkya
    Jan 15, 2015 - 3:47PM

    @Imran:
    Some even see TTP as freedom fighters.

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 4:36PM

    Pakistan Govt. Seems to taking the correct steps to secure the country from internal terrorism and cracking down on all forms of terrorist organization. If these measure are genuine then India, Iran, UAE and Saudi Arabia MUST cooperate with Pakistan to rid of this Evil from the region. India also must cooperate with Pakistan in solving the Border Issues.

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Jan 15, 2015 - 4:41PM

    Good to see organizations like Falah-i-Insaniat in the list. People linked with terror should never be allowed to operate under any disguise. They mislead innocent donors and vulnerable victims. Government should build its own credible emergency response and disaster release system to eliminate the need for these extremists to exploit the situation.

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 4:42PM

    @ Pakindi,
    Banning ISI can only be justified if the world bans all secretive organization like CIA ,MOSSAD, RAW, KGB. etc. Get real Mr. Pakindi.

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  • Armughan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 6:04PM

    Looking forward to India imposing ban on RSS, Shiv Sena, Vishwa Hindu pareshad etc. Hope they have enough courage to take this step. Morever, Govt should also put ban on MQM in order to bring peace in Karachi.

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  • vham
    Jan 15, 2015 - 6:08PM

    Is this the turning point?

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  • Ram
    Jan 15, 2015 - 7:35PM

    Another gas balloon , they will changes their names and the Govt. will allow them to operate as usual. It looks Pakistan every now and then feels bored with the names of these terror outfits, helping with plausible deniability for both.

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  • woody
    Jan 15, 2015 - 8:53PM

    Banning an organisation means freezing its assets, blocking funding sources and monitoring them properly, he said
    .
    How about arresting the founder and every member of the banned organization? How about mandatory prison sentences for membership? Unfortunately, historically banning an organization hasn’t meant much in Pakistan.

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  • hamza khan
    Jan 15, 2015 - 9:41PM

    to all the indians, pakistan or its government has not done this because of india or the US. you’re fooling yourself if you believe we will bow to your demands. that will never happen. this is good for pakistan, and never forget that when it comes to kashmir, you can never have your way. you will use proxies in balochistan, we will use them in kashmir. that will never stop. and never forget that.

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  • Jor El
    Jan 16, 2015 - 10:59AM

    @hamza khan: “… and never forget that when it comes to kashmir, you can never have your way …”
    So, whose way is being had till now ???

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  • Emjay
    Jan 16, 2015 - 10:26PM

    Just banning doesn’t work in Pakistan. They need to be hanged for their crimes. That is the only solution.

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  • Sehrish
    Jan 19, 2015 - 8:37PM

    Although good step to ban JuD & others who under the veil of welfare were involved in terrorist activities in India. But simply banning them wont do anything. Try their leaders and workers in military courts and arrest anyone who joins such organizations. Sipah e Sahaba has been renamed to ASWJ and their leaders and workers hold rallies openly. Govt must start crackdown on them. State has great powers it must exercise them.

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