Sherry Rehman resents grant given to Jamaat ud Dawa

Published: June 18, 2010
Sherry Rehman questioned why no one had objected to the Punjab government giving a grant to Jamat ud Dawa. PHOTO: AP

Sherry Rehman questioned why no one had objected to the Punjab government giving a grant to Jamat ud Dawa. PHOTO: AP

Voicing her objection to the Rs82 million given to Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) after it was banned as part of a terrorist purge, former Information Minister and PPP MNA, Sherry Rehman on Friday asked why no one has questioned the grant made by the Punjab government.

Referring to a recent report in the media in which the Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, has actually confessed to making such a provision in the budget for its welfare activities, Sherry Rehman demanded that such grants to banned outfits be stopped forthwith, as welfare activities can be taken over by the Punjab government itself, or handed over to a number of non-extremist organizations who can supplement state capacity in this respect.

“Giving an outright grant to the JuD, when it has been banned, tells us that some elements in the Punjab government are still not committed fully to the idea that jihadist outfits like the LeT, with known leadership and cadre links to the JuD, must be rooted out and that their activities shut down,” said Rehman.

“The country can no longer afford this mollycoddling of terrorists, and Punjab is fast becoming a victim of its own ambiguity. There can be no military operation against terrorists in Punjab, but there must and should be a police sweep, with enough evidence to obtain convictions through our courts,” she added.

“Instead of building police capacity to throw such a dragnet around terrorists, who openly hold rallies in the streets of Lahore and Rawalpindi, we see money being doled out of the tax-payers pockets through the annual budgetary exercise. If this is not pampering a banned outfit, what is?” asked Rehman.

“We are told that the government appointed an administrator to run these schools and dispensaries two years ago, but by now this infrastructure should have been taken over by the state, instead of allowing a banned organisation to earn support on JuD and LeT branding. And if its only an administrator that is using the funds, why has Rs79 million of this grant gone directly to the Markaz-i- Tayyaba in Muridke which is the JuD headquarters?” the MNA inquired.

Adding that the federal government should also take note of space being granted to banned outfits through such disbursements and rallies, Rehman said that if we continue on this path, the carnage we saw in various attacks on mosques, non-combatants and minorities in Lahore and other parts of Punjab will only gain strength.

“I want to know if we have abandoned the plan to disable the power of the terrorists operating out of the tribal agencies where the army is running a costly military operation, because by now all the militants have links with each other”, she added.

She said those who cannot escape across an open border with Afghanistan will come down to the Punjab and to Karachi. In fact, they already have. You cannot run a military operation in six tribal agencies and then have extremist ideologies run rampant in other areas.

The Punjab outfits may not have challenged the writ of the state as yet, but in reality they have devolved down to many splinters, with ties to al Qaeda, and they are gaining critical mass, she added.

Instead of reversing their momentum, a part of the government is patronising them. This is both short-sighted and dangerous, and can have serious consequences for both Pakistan, argued Rehman.

She advised the Punjab government to take back this grant and firm up its resolve to combat terrorism by reducing space for banned outfits, and by building governance capacity to administer its own social services or find non-violent partners who can deliver at the grassroots.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Jun 18, 2010 - 9:01PM

    I hope others will join Ms. Rehman as well. Groups like Jamaat ud Dawa have pushed us in a crisis that is complex, and multi-dimensional with facets that touch every aspect of our lives. And, unfortunately mainstream politicians openly support them. It is time to name and shame those who challenge our intellect, morals, and Quaid’s ideology. Jamaat ud Dawa is a banned outfit and no matter how many blankets they bring to the earthquake victims, no matter how many rag-tag clinics they run in Punjab- it is our legal and moral obligation to keep a tight lid on them.
    I commend Ms. Rehman’s courage and urge her peers to follow her lead.
    Ibrahim Sajid MalickRecommend

  • faraz
    Jun 18, 2010 - 10:06PM

    People are commiting suicides out of hunger and PML N is giving money to these terrorist organiztions.Recommend

  • DAZ
    Jun 18, 2010 - 10:20PM

    The Punjab government needs to get its act right, like the establishment it has also helped these groups over the last couple of years just cause they were promoting Islam. But what kind of Islam? The leaders need to realize their mistakes and stop using religion as a cover for their failures.Recommend

  • Fahad
    Jun 18, 2010 - 10:41PM

    Jamat-ud-Dawa is not a terrorist organization.Recommend

  • newsconfuse
    Jun 19, 2010 - 12:53AM

    First of all, this is an incomplete news story and from a journalist’s point of view, does not deserve the front page. It doesn’t include Rana Sanaullah’s standpoint on what Ms. Rehman has to say or were asked to say. Agreed, Jamatuddawa is a banned entity, but only publishing Sherry Rehman’s rant in a coverynews story is not enough for the reader to look the reality objectively. It should include what the PML-N and the jamaatud dawa has to say to the allegations. Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2010 - 3:14AM

    I commend Ms Rehman speaking against the govt wasting money in the millions on terrorists. How on earth can Rana Sanaullah or anyone else justify this crime against Pakistan? These politicians should be prosecuted for working against Pakistan’s interests and taking our tax and giving it to terrorists to kill us in return.

    Where is the sanity? Where is the CJ and his suo moto actions? I guess he’s also a party to the crime!Recommend

  • Farrukh Siddiqui
    Jun 19, 2010 - 10:50AM

    wake up, the official budget documents of Punjab government show that funds were given to JUD. Nawaz and company are Saudi-supported and have failed to take action against sectarian and terrorist outfits due to their religious affiliations and connections.Recommend

  • Jun 19, 2010 - 5:23PM

    Read Ibrahim Malicks post:

    and read my comment on the post:

    Hafiz Saeed is true Follower of the Muhammad (SAW) and true Pakistan. As far as Taliban are concerned (Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan) They are not muslims. Killing any innocent person is Haram in Islam as The Holly Prophet One who kills one human is like who killed whole human race and one who saves one human is like the one who saved whole human race.

    There are several Hospital and dispensaries working under Hafiz Saeed and they are saving human lives. and who can forget the role Jamat Dawa played in earth quake scenario. I have witnessed my self there work at the time of disasters like flood and earth quakes.

    May Allah Guide us all to the right path AAMEENRecommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Jun 19, 2010 - 7:09PM

    The onus now lies on the Sharif brothers to address and, if possible, change the perception that they are closet Talibans. Thus far the doubts created by their actions continue to snowball. They were brought into politics by a former ISI head who was Zia’s toady. And now, amusingly, they condemn military dictators.Recommend

  • Faiz
    Jun 20, 2010 - 7:23AM

    @ Faisal
    “Killing innocent is Haram” My dear brother Killing any one, weather he is inncoent or not, Muslim or Kafir, killing any one is Haram for me. As I am not supposed to have Jalads’s job, nor do I am sharea Judge to order one.
    PML N links, and specially Rana Sanullah Links to terrorist outfits are established, if you close eye on that, up to you. Do you want me topoint out the youtube link where he address public rallies with LeT wanted outfits and begged him for votes…

    What we thought of childish comments of punjab governer is coming true now. I should read him carefully, as what he said ages ago, turning out to be right..Recommend

  • Plesed
    Jun 21, 2010 - 2:32AM

    There was that rail-way minister who General Beg quoted
    (that person take part in elections and has ever
    since been rout out by the people) supported
    the Kashmir cause in his younger days. 3 times try-ied to go to
    visit India as Minister of Info and then
    as rail. Refused by the Indians to travel
    to India. Oh, yes even tried to stage his own death, plus he smoke cigars
    like non-stop. WHY is he not in jail?? Is he cause he belong to the PML-Q
    which is considered to be a finished party in Pakistan. Still then he as he
    in his younger days operated as a terrorist / freedom fighter to others
    should be put into jail in Pakistan.Recommend

  • humza ikram
    Jun 21, 2010 - 10:15PM

    Dr Amna Buttar PPP MPA has also criticized Punjab government decision of giving funds to jamat-ul-dawah. Recommend

  • Manahil
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:33PM

    Go Sherry. Atleast someone spoke.Recommend

  • Shafi Afridi
    Jun 24, 2010 - 6:47PM

    I liked he article. The writer is a visionary and can percieve he fuure picture of Pakistani society.Recommend

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