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Will serve legal notice to Pakistan defence minister for defamation: JuD

The Pak government has banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

Hafiz Saeed
Hafiz Saeed (Photo: AP|PTI)

The has said it will serve a legal notice to Pakistan's defence minister for "defaming" it, days after the government banned the Hafiz Saeed-led outfit from collecting donations following US President Donald Trump's outburst against Islamabad's sheltering of terrorists.

Taking exception to Khurram Dastgir's statement that action against the was not taken due to mounting pressure from the US, spokesman said Dastgir is "speaking the language of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi".

He also criticised the minister for saying that the action was taken against JuD, and other organisations so that "terrorists cannot open fire on schoolchildren anymore".

"This is outrageous," Mujahid said adding "we are serving legal notice to the minister for his outrageous remarks".

banned Mumbai attack mastermind Saeed-led and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting donations on Monday, after Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the US except "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

In a statement, the JuD spokesman said, "World knows who is behind the steps against JuD and Our rulers are reluctant to mention the involvement of India in terrorist activities in Efforts are being made to please external lords by propagating against those forces that have actively played role in Pakistan's defence," he said.

"Those trying to malign Pakistan's national security institutions through conspiracies such as Dawn Leaks have finally met their fate (a reference to ousted premier Nawaz Sharif) but still they seem to have learnt no lesson. Now, when America is openly threatening us and inciting India to take action against Pakistan, Pakistani rulers are engaged in the sycophancy of India and America," Mujahid said.

Yesterday, Dastgir had said acted against JuD and not under "pressure" from the US but after "serious deliberations", as part of the military's operation to disarm and eliminate hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country with support of local law enforcement agencies.

The government has banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations on the UN Security Council sanctions list.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) issued a notification prohibiting the collection of donations by the JuD, the front organisation of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, as well as several other such organisations named in a list of banned outfits by the UN Security Council.

First Published: Thu, January 04 2018. 15:36 IST