UAE blacklists 5 Pakistani groups among 83 as 'militant organisations

Published: November 15, 2014
The UAE has been taking part in US-led air strikes against the IS group in Syria, along with fellow Arab states Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: AFP

The UAE has been taking part in US-led air strikes against the IS group in Syria, along with fellow Arab states Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: AFP

ABU DHABI: The United Arab Emirates on Saturday issued a list of 83 militant groups which it classified as “militant organisations,” including five from Pakistan.

The list, approved by the Gulf state’s cabinet and published on the official WAM news agency, is similar to an announcement made by Saudi Arabia in March.

It blacklists several arms of al Qaeda, Islamic State (IS), as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and Yemen’s Huthi militia.

From Pakistan, it has blacklisted the Pakistani Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba Pakistan, the East Turkestan movement in Pakistan, Muhammad’s Army in Pakistan and Muhammad’s Army in Pakistan and India.

The UAE has jailed dozens of Emiratis and Egyptians for forming cells of the Brotherhood, outlawed in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which accuses the movement of seeking to overthrow the Gulf monarchies.

On Saturday, the UAE named the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars which is headed by the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi on its terror list.

From inside the Gulf state itself, the list names Al-Islah (reform) Society, dozens of whose members have been jailed, and the previously unknown “UAE jihad cells.”

Hezbollah in the Gulf states and brigades with the same name in Iraq also figure on the list, but not Lebanon’s powerful Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah.

Several brigades fighting on both sides in the Syrian conflict along with militant groups in Libya, Tunisia, Mali, Nigeria’s Boko Haram as well as Afghanistan’s Taliban account for the bulk of the list.

Fifteen militants accused of joining and financing Al-Nusra Front, Syria’s al Qaeda franchise, and Ahrar al-Sham, another Syrian rebel group, went on trial in the UAE in September.

The UAE has been taking part in US-led air strikes against the IS group in Syria, along with fellow Arab states Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The Emirati list also includes the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe, as well as Muslim associations in Britain and other European countries.

Oddly, the list also includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation in the US.

The oil-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf have not faced the widespread protests which have swept other regional states since 2011. Though, authorities have cracked down on dissent and calls for democratic reform, drawing criticism from human rights groups.

Those mainly targeted have been militants.

In August, the UAE toughened anti-militant laws in a bid to stamp out terror financing, hostage-taking, human trafficking and money laundering.

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  • Blithe
    Nov 15, 2014 - 11:36PM

    The federal government has very recently formed the NACTA , which is to consolidate all the intelligence agencies. This will help give us credible information in a timely way and harmonists intelligence operations.

    Allowers to take timely action against miscreants for all hues and colours


  • Raj - USA
    Nov 16, 2014 - 12:43AM

    I see the new Afghan government and its President, Ghani has done excellent work. Ghani’s first visit to China followed by his visit to Saudi Arabia is producing results and Pakistan based groups are getting banned. Afghanistan has prohibited entry of Hafiz Saeed and soon LeT and JuD will also get banned in all Gulf countries and KSA. By banning Pakistani Haqqani network, UAE has sent a very clear message to Pakistan’s establishment.

    I hope Pakistan takes Ghani’s visit seriously and starts to work sincerely and truthfully. It would benefit all in the region ……. Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China.


  • Mohammad Ali
    Nov 16, 2014 - 1:12AM

    Lolz!! Too late the gene has come out of bottle. It will haunt these nations sooner not later.


  • Owais Asif
    Nov 16, 2014 - 3:13AM

    You might want to change the opening lines. Council for American & Islamic Relations is not militant.


  • ajeet
    Nov 16, 2014 - 4:38AM

    Only 5 from Pakistan? It’s an insult to the other groups in Pakistan.


  • Nov 16, 2014 - 6:07AM

    I thought LeT aka JuD is a charity organization(as informed by some Pakistani commentators here)!!!

    Why UAE practicing Islamophobia? If West had done this, people would have accused it of Islamophobia.


  • turthneverlies
    Nov 16, 2014 - 8:01AM

    “Oddly, the list also includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation in the US.”

    UAE got it right with CAIR. CAIR is a terror support organization under the guise of Muslim advocacy organization. These types of radical organizations masquerading as advocacy groups in western democracies use these countries’ free speech and freedoms to subvert the truth and protect and defend terrorists and terror organizations. The USA should immediately take note of UAE action and ban CAIR and other terror organizations operating under democratic facade.


  • wb
    Nov 16, 2014 - 8:46AM

    Hafeez Saeed is considered a Hero in Pakistan for killing innocent people in India. He’s considered as brave and honest and a warrior of Islam.

    Pakistanis take physical, muscle strength is given a lot of importance.

    The outside world considers this a medieval mentality.

    I was watching a very interesting interview of Amrullah Saleh, a very straight talking, no nonsense man. He speaks like cutting cheese with a butcher’s knife. For those who don’t know who Amrullah Saleh is, he is Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief.

    He said without mincing words that Pakistan has not changed. Pakistan still has this medieval mentality and it is unlikely to change in the next two decades.

    There’s a simple solution to all Pakistan’s problem.

    The moment Pakistanis start considering all their Heroes as Villains (all of them, I repeat, all of them except for Edhi) and Villains as Heroes (All of them, I repeat, all of them except for Mullah Fazlulla) Pakistan will be on the path to progress.

    Just do a checklist. All your heroes are villains and all your villains are your heroes. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Nov 16, 2014 - 10:15AM

    Banning is just a temporary solution. We need to give the people correct knowledge about Islam and the world. They have been misguided. We need to guide them.


  • Careless Whispers
    Nov 16, 2014 - 11:25AM

    @Raj – USA:
    O really the org ur referring to r already banned in Pak & Pak Army action against these ppl started well before Ghani took the oath so ur argument is false, u purposely ignored the fact that Pak was the 3rd country Ghani visited after taking charge of the office ignoring India which made her defence guy run towards Afghanistan with a box of candies.. We need peace in region, but there r ppl working against good relations between Pak Afghan..


  • Feroz
    Nov 16, 2014 - 11:45AM

    Banning terror organizations is the right step but what is needed is to ostracize those countries sheltering, financing, arming and training these terror groups, by slapping sanctions. If sanctions are not imposed, countries patronizing terrorism will have no incentive to clean up their act.


  • Nov 16, 2014 - 12:13PM

    How about the UAE banning Modi’s party of terrorists? After all they mercilessly SLAUGHTERED 2,200 Muslims. Salams


  • NY
    Nov 16, 2014 - 12:36PM

    The main aim of these Arab dictators is to stop anyone who could challenge their monarchies.


  • Annabel
    Nov 16, 2014 - 1:59PM

    It is an unacceptable act from a friendly and brotherly nation to group a charity organisation in Pakistan as as terrorist group. Please tell them about the good work done by LeT, especially in India.


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 16, 2014 - 6:58PM

    The UAE aouncement is to appease to safeguard their National interest and not meant to denegrade the groups and the organisation. They will still be provided with the Zakat and moral support.

    Rex Minor


  • Parvez
    Nov 16, 2014 - 11:49PM

    Funny….because according to a UN report the UAE was one the countries funding people like this.


  • Animal Farm
    Nov 17, 2014 - 6:20AM

    @the Skunk:
    Shout even harder and have a bottle of Gelusil ready when u hear the answer


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