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Pakistan govt yet to ban JuD, FIF; Feb 21 announcement an eyewash

On Feb 21, Pakistan had announced it had banned the JuD and FIF, amid intense global pressure to rein in the militant groups following the Feb 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hafiz Saeed
Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. Photo: PTI

Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led and its wing have not been banned by despite its announcement a fortnight ago and the two organisations continue to be only in the list of groups under watch.

According to the website of the government's (NCTA), which was updated on Monday, Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and (FIF) are organisations under watch by Ministry of Interior under section 11-D-(1), Schedule-II of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.

The NCTA website says the notification regarding and putting them under the list of organisations under watch was issued on February 21. However, before that, the website had said that both and were placed on the watch list in January 2017.

On February 21, government had announced that it had banned the and FIF, amid intense global pressure to rein in the militant groups following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans.

"This implies that Pakistan has lied on the ban on Jud and In fact, it has just altered the date of the watch list placement to fool the world," a senior security official said.

A spokesman of Pakistan's Interior Ministry had said on February 21 that the decision to ban these two groups was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) chaired by Prime Minister

"It was decided during the meeting to accelerate action against proscribed organisations," the spokesperson had said in a statement.

"It was further decided that Jamat-ud-Dawa and be notified as proscribed organizations by the Ministry of Interior," he added.

According to officials, JuD's network includes 300 seminaries and schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance service. The two groups have about 50,000 volunteers and hundreds of other paid workers.

The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the LeT which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack that killed 166 people. It had been declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the US in June 2014.

The US Department of the Treasury has designated its chief Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a $10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.

Saeed was listed under Resolution 1267 in December 2008. He was released from house arrest in Pakistan in November 2017.

The NCTA has so far declared 69 terrorist organisations as banned and a sizeable number of these organisations are based in Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The NCTA has turned a blind eye to major militant groups such as the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and the Al Badr operating in Jammu and Kashmir.

First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 19:50 IST
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