Assets of all banned outfits, including Jamaatud Dawa, frozen: FO

Published: January 22, 2015
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PHOTO: EXPRESS Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Days after the government decided to ban the Haqqani Network, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and 10 more organisations, the Foreign Office announced on Thursday the assets of all banned outfits, including JuD, had been frozen.

“The assets of all the banned outfits have been frozen,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said during her weekly press briefing.

“Pakistan takes immediate action against the organisations banned by the UN sanctions committee. The measures include freezing of their assets and accounts.”

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“Pakistan is taking action against all terrorist groups without any discrimination,” she reiterated.

Earlier, security analysts had said 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.

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“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.

However, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that there was no reason to ban the JuD since it is not a terrorist organisation but  rather a charitable one. 

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The spokesperson said violence in the name of religion is condemnable all over the world and expressed concerns about the incident of burning alive of four Muslims in Assam.

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Further, Aslam said tension created by India on the Line of Control  is an effort to divert its attention from the war against terrorism.

Commenting on US President Barrack Obama’s statement about taking unilateral action against terrorists, Aslam said, “We appreciate the United States for expressing solidarity with us on the Peshawar tragedy. However, in regards to countering terrorism, the action should be in line with international laws and cooperation amongst members of international community.”

Further, she hoped during his visit to India, Obama will take up with the Indian authorities the issue of recent escalation on the Line of Control and the working boundary.

“This escalation at a time when Pakistan is in the midst of a robust and broad operation against terrorism reflects that certain forces does not want Pakistan to succeed in the war against this menace. It is not in the interest of the international community including India.”

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When asked about the presence of Islamic State elements in Pakistan, she said we are alert to the threat of the outfit. “Pakistan is already carrying out an across the board operation against all the terrorists.”

The Foreign Office spokesperson once again condemned the publication of sacrilegious caricatures in Charlie Hebdo and said the adviser on foreign affairs has written a letter to the secretary general of the OIC asking him to initiate action to criminalise the publication of caricatures.

Regarding relations with Afghanistan, Aslam said we have been able to establish cooperative relations with the neighbouring country over the past few months.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • Kaleem Ullah
    Jan 22, 2015 - 2:17PM

    Bravo NS and RS! This certainly needs appreciation. Ban a few more too.

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  • Tony Singh
    Jan 22, 2015 - 2:20PM

    So now what’s the new name of JuD?

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  • vaqas
    Jan 22, 2015 - 2:25PM

    Their assets have not really been frozen. When you say assets, you fail to acknowledge that their offices, mosques, madressahs and home are all assets. When the govt next time uses the term assets frozen I expect to see all these, and wherever their footprint seen, sealed or torn down. I expect all their businesses shut down and all their funds and material confiscated. I want all interaction of hate mongering mullahs with the general public eliminated. Then only can the government say that the assets of the militant thugs, that wear their twisted version of religion on their sleeve, have been frozen.

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Jan 22, 2015 - 2:30PM

    This is not under pressure from India? Now that Obama is going to india, we don’t want him to talk about terrorism support from Pakistan. But how long will it last, is the question.

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  • Kumar
    Jan 22, 2015 - 3:08PM

    Obama is having an effect even before his coming to India.

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  • S K Chadha
    Jan 22, 2015 - 3:15PM

    Earlier, Pakistan had banned LeT and we all know that it was an eye wash. The entire world is watching whether GOP really in business. Nothing just on paper will convince India.

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  • Name
    Jan 22, 2015 - 4:24PM

    @Tony Singh:
    U should learn to appreciate the efforts…………..did India punish modi for allowing thousands of deaths in Gujarat ?…………the Pakistani government is doing something atleast……

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  • LoseLose
    Jan 22, 2015 - 4:43PM

    “Pakistan takes immediate action against the organisations banned by the UN sanctions committee. The measures include freezing of their assets and accounts,” she reiterated.

    Really? The UN sanction is three years overdue. Only two days before Kerry’s arrival, the same spokesperson had emphatically denied having any reason to proscribe JuD. And Pakistan’s man in Delhi said 2 months ago that Mr. Sayeed is just exercising his democratic right as a free Pakistani citizen by organizing a rally in Lahore. The UN sanction was very much in place at that time as well, but it didn’t seem to matter then.

    Why does the civilian federal setup prevaricate so transparently? No wonder it is deemed untrustworthy and worse, irrelevant, by everyone except Pakistan’s English press.

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  • Jigz Khan
    Jan 22, 2015 - 5:20PM

    **Govt is out of their mind.. JuD was doing its best for the welfare of the society. their role for the rehabilitation work in multiple disaster situations faced by Pakistan was extra ordinary and which is well appreciated and praised by all unbiased senior Pakistani Journalists.
    There are many NGOs operating in Pakistan whom activities are suspect and so many times its a proven fact that their aim is spreading the foreign agenda in Pakistan but their is no any kind of check and balance on those NGO’s funds but here JuD’s funds are frozen
    without any single proof of miss using its fund.

    that’s pathetic decision by so called democratic govt.** Shame on them. really Shame.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 22, 2015 - 5:25PM

    Principled position of PMLN and its chief revolves around lies and deceit. Precisely why Amir of UAE called him dangerous in WikiLeaks. None of them could be trusted. Same goes with their foreign office.

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  • Amrit
    Jan 22, 2015 - 5:49PM

    I find it hard to believe that Pakistan will dilute their 3-decade long investment in their strategic assets so abruptly. Some of this might be window-dressing in preparation for Obama’s visit. But definitely a move in the right direction.

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  • Sandip
    Jan 22, 2015 - 7:26PM

    Haven’t we been through this cycle before. We are going to ban, we shall ban, oh we have banned and then after the heat has died down- how can we ban charitable organizations, we don’t have any proof of their involvement in terrorist activities, no one gave us proof, our courts are independent and we need to get solid evidence etc etc.
    Let’s see how long the charade lasts this time round. As it is, there are reports that the Haqqani network has been moved out into adjoining agencies in yet another Kunduz airlift of the day- to wait and see if Afghanistan starts toeing the Pakistani line, if not, they will be unleased yet again.

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  • woody
    Jan 22, 2015 - 10:45PM

    Freezing implies that it can be returned at a later date … confiscation and arrest is what’s in order.

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  • a_writer
    Jan 23, 2015 - 3:36AM

    @Name:
    Either you cannot comprehend the differences between the two incidences or you refuse to accept it. Whatever happened within India, involving Indians, is just India’s concern. Same way, as much as the whole world grieved for the murder of school children in Pakistan, no country dictated as to how Pakistan should respond to that tragedy. That is Pakistan’s internal matter.

    Terrorist Saeed instigated animals entered India illegally and murdered Indian citizens and other foreigners in India. That makes Saeed and his organization criminals wanted on murder charges by India, US and any other country affected by Mumbai terror attack.

    Now, do you see the difference?

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  • Hasan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 5:29AM

    Great, we also need to enact on their sympathizers (JI & IJT), they must also be banned. They have a long history of harvesting and sheltering terrorism.

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  • Prada
    Jan 23, 2015 - 6:01AM

    @Name: Did Sindh CM get punished for sectarian violence or did Shahbaz Sharif get punished? Why blame Modi? He was not the police chief.

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  • FAIR
    Jan 23, 2015 - 7:05AM

    The internal minister claims it is not terrorist outfit but a charitable organisation. Which means this banning is another drama being played to dupe the US as usual and collect more aid. Even JuD admited that it was a guise to please the US implying the government is not at all serious about the ban.

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  • Azam Khan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 7:51AM

    @vaqas:
    Who on earth are you ?

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  • Azam Khan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 7:52AM

    @Tony Singh:It is RSS.

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  • Azam Khan
    Jan 23, 2015 - 7:54AM

    @S K Chadha:Who’s interested in convincing India.

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  • LS
    Jan 24, 2015 - 12:01AM

    @Name:
    Do we bring up “Direct Action” Day every time we talk to Pakistani? Then why do you bring up Modi/Gujarat every time? BTW: Death toll of DA day was 15,000 in 48 hours. So stop playing victim more over What happened in Gujarat was IN INDIA and did not impact PAKISTAN in any way. What your terrorist do IMPACTS globally, including India.

    You all need global perspective, remove your religious goggles. We have moved on… its time for you to move on and fix your house.

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