Jamaatud Dawa not linked to LeT, won't be banned: govt

Published: July 8, 2015
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Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Jamatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Pakistan ruled out the possibility of banning Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) in the near future, claiming it has no links with the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Minister for States and Frontier Abdul Qadir Baloch ruled out any “scope for banning JuD anytime in near future” on the Senate Floor on Tuesday.

The SAFRON minister’s claim comes after a United Nations resolution said the JuD is simply an alias for LeT.

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According to IBN Live, this matter will be taken up when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi meets on Friday on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Russia.

Earlier during the question hour Farhatullah Babar questioned whether banned militant outfits were allowed to resurrect under a different name or as charity organisation. In response, the interior ministry said that any organisation proscribed under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 is prohibited from any activities including charity work under different names.

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Babar said that Jaish-e-Mohammad had six charity organisations. This included Khuddamul Islam [banned], Jamiatul Furqan [banned], Al-Akhtar Trust [UNSCR listed], Al-Rashid Trust [UNSCR listed], Al-Rehmat Trust [US listed] Al-Afnaal Trust [US listed]. Similarly, Lashkar-e-Taiba had changed name to Jamaatud Dawa [UNSCR listed] and Falah-e-Insaniyat [UNSCR listed].

UNSCR has listed Jamaatud Dawa as an alias of Lashkar-e-Taiba. A reply by the Interior ministry to the senate stated that “Supporting evidence has not been shared with Pakistan to establish such connections.

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Currently the JuD is placed under observation in SRO dated 15 November 2003 and mentioned in all provinces for any suspect activity. Between 2008 and 2010 the offices were closed, however relief was given by the LHC. Presently, the JuD is engaged in charity and social work, operating hospitals, clinics, schools, ambulance service and religious institutions, the reply added.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • SEAsian
    Jul 8, 2015 - 1:25PM

    What a joke !! Then again, this is Pakistan.Recommend

  • Stewart J
    Jul 8, 2015 - 1:48PM

    The very epitome of evil.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jul 8, 2015 - 1:54PM

    Good decision.. Pakistan is heading towards disaster very fast. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jul 8, 2015 - 2:12PM

    The PML-N is worried about its vote bank……..so patronage continues even with undesirable elements.Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jul 8, 2015 - 2:24PM

    Waiting for the snakes in your backyard to bite you some more?Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jul 8, 2015 - 2:35PM

    Minister shows honesty and integrity, the true hallmark for which Pakistan is internationally renowned. No Action Plan (NAP) in action.Recommend

  • Burki
    Jul 8, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Absolutely right decision. If Indians don’t have any shame in continuing to breedt terrorism in Pakistan by supporting MQM and Baloch terrorists, then we should also keep some tools handy to pay back India in the same currency.Recommend

  • nabidad
    Jul 8, 2015 - 4:26PM

    I am agreed with the honourable Minister for States and Frontier Abdul Qadir Baloch’s stance.Recommend

  • Burki
    Jul 8, 2015 - 4:40PM

    @Tony Singh: the real snakes reside across our eastern border – these are the snakes we can never trust as they’ve never accepted our Independence and have been biting us since day one.Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 8, 2015 - 5:14PM

    To all Indians how can u expect your neighbour to do efforts when u yourself continue to do activites to harm Pakistan. Recommend

  • Javed Iqbal
    Jul 8, 2015 - 7:40PM

    Simply we cannot afford Saudi reaction if ban pious Jamaatud Dawa (JuD).. Our one master US declares Hafiz Saeed an international terrorist whereas other master Saudi Arabia considers him as their great friend/ supporter. Hafiz Sb dont worry thanks to Punjab Sarkar : Qaddafi Stadium is awaiting for you for Eid Prayer Recommend

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