Days after crackdown, JuD reappears with new name

Published: February 4, 2017


LAHORE: After the detention of its leader and a crackdown on activities, the under-observation Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has once again appeared under a new name: the Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK – Movement for Freedom of Kashmir).

Although still on the observation list of the authorities, the religious organisation has resumed its routine activities. Its ‘donation’ camps and ambulance centres across Lahore and other districts have restarted under banners calling for the independence of Indian-administered Kashmir.

JuD chief Hafiz Saeed put under house arrest

The centres were closed down on the night of January 30 after the detention of Hafiz Saeed, the party chief, and four of his aides on accusations of disturbing peace and security. Law enforcers removed the banners and placards of JuD and its charitable wing of Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, which was also put on observation under the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.

After remaining closed for three days, all these centres reopened on Friday but without the banners bearing the names of JuD or the FIF. These centres located at Shahdara Chowk, Moon Market and Iqbal Town are now operating under the name of TAJK. Donation boxes and ambulances are stationed just like before.

The JuD and FIF have also planned a conference on Kashmir Day (February 5) at Nasir Bagh after Zuhr prayers and banners related to Kashmir, under the name of TAJK, have cropped up along all major roads.

To make the matters more laughable, FIF volunteers also participated in a rescue operation at Nankana Sahib, where an overloaded boat overturned reportedly with over 100 passengers on Friday.

An official of the Punjab police’s Counter Terrorism Department told The Express Tribune that authorities had closed the collection centres and ambulance service of JuD and FIF in all cities of the Punjab.

He added that law enforcement personnel removed the names of both organisations from these stalls by painting them over and confiscating the banners.

Opposition protests against Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest

Only one centre, near the JuD headquarters at Markaz Al-Qadsia, is still functioning with workers seen collecting donations under banners seeking help for Kashmiris and Syrians.

TAJK Deputy General Khalid Waleed, a close relative of Hafiz Saeed, told The Express Tribune that CTD was continuing the crackdown against FIF and JuD activists in Faisalabad, Gojra, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Chiniot, Jhang and Sargodha.

He claimed the police were asking activists to come over to the police station and putting them behind bars. He added there was no ban on JuD or FIF and they were merely put on the observation list. “The arrests are illegal and unconstitutional,” he complained.

Khalid admitted JuD representatives were part of the TAJK, but the body was not a substitute for the JuD or FIF. When asked about the TAJK leadership, he said they were Kashmiris and Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi was the head.

Commenting on the detention of the JuD leadership, the TAJK deputy general said it would trigger the Kashmir liberation movement. He added they were planning to hold rallies in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad on February 5. Fearing arrests, JuD activists have went into hiding and were assessing the situation.

After Hafiz Saeed-led Lashkar-e-Taiba was banned on January 14, 2002, the party renamed itself Jamaatud Dawa. The group has been on observation since January 17, 2007.

In the latest development, the Punjab government put FIF and JuD on the observation list on January 30 and under the second schedule of Section 11(1) EEE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. In an order by the Federal Interior Ministry, it was stated FIF and JuD were harming peace and security and had violated UN Security Council’s Resolution 1267.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 4th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Natsikap Nabilat
    Feb 4, 2017 - 9:18AM

    Precisely what everyone expected to happen….Recommend

  • ghazal indian
    Feb 4, 2017 - 9:34AM

    as expected. hope they are not protesting tramp immigration ban Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Feb 4, 2017 - 11:21AM

    Now what can Pakistan establishment do? Hafiz saeed is mocking at the establishment and showing finger saying no one can touch me not even UN resolution 1267. But this was already expected so wasn’t it better for Pakistan to have nit taken any action than doing this drama. Recommend

  • Abdullah Umar
    Feb 4, 2017 - 11:23AM

    It’s hard for me to understand why is our media and to be specific few journalists and bloggers, writing and projecting such questionable articles and analysis to malign an organisation which has been set free by the Pakistani Courts.

    It’s the same organization which gets appreciated for its welfare works and it’s patriotism towards Pakistan. The reality is, few of our people are just trying to get under the good books of Americans and Indians so that they can also get their pockets full.Recommend

  • Sharath Chandra
    Feb 4, 2017 - 12:11PM

    This is what India meant by “Sincere efforts to curb terrorism”.Recommend

  • Bharatiya Australian
    Feb 4, 2017 - 12:13PM

    @ Abdullah Umar… people like you are the biggest problem for Pakistan. Just because a terrorist does some charity work using black money & looting innocent people in the name of donations using religious hatred doesn’t mean he and the likes will not continue to be terrorists. Please educate yourself and start looking at issues objectively rather than blinding yourself using coloured religious glasses.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 4, 2017 - 12:31PM

    You can fool all the people some of the time, some of the people all the time but not all the people all the time. Changing the name board changes nothing and fools nobody.Recommend

    Feb 4, 2017 - 12:35PM

    They are peacful pple, struggling to reform & serve their nation. They are always busy in helping poor without any personal interest just for humanity.There efforts are always appreciated. Recommend

  • Pukubanger
    Feb 4, 2017 - 4:11PM

    This will keep happening. They will be the people who will take Pakistan down. India can relax. With these people around, Pakistan does not need enemies. Recommend

  • Striver
    Feb 4, 2017 - 6:27PM

    Great name. Keep up the good work. Edhi trust and they do more humanitarian work than any charitable NGO worth its salt.

    Keep speaking out against the vicious atrocities the Kashmirs are being subjected to by Indian army. Keep speaking up for their rights. Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Feb 4, 2017 - 7:33PM

    @Abdullah Umar:
    You’re wrong, don’t want anyone’s money to play the toady, just that we see more harm in their activities than good !Recommend

  • Komal S
    Feb 5, 2017 - 7:29AM

    Looks like Pakistanis need philanthropy work done by JuD. As a nation without JuD and their good offices there will be no welfare In Pakistan. Please give the highest civilian award to Hafeez Sayeed and make it official.Recommend

  • Jawad U Rahman
    Feb 5, 2017 - 9:03AM

    Shouldnt being ‘Under Observation’ prevent you from reappearing under a new name?Recommend

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