Jamaat ud Dawa is an outlawed terrorist outfit in Pakistan or not?

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Published in Pakistan
Friday, 23 January 2015


Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokeswoman has said on Thursday at a media briefing that Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) and some other organizations are listed by the United Nations. Pakistan, as a member of the United Nations is under obligations to proscribe the entities and individuals that are listed.

The Foreign Office said Thursday that the bank accounts of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) have been frozen and foreign travel restrictions imposed on the organisation's leader Hafiz Saeed.


Another member of the organisation said if the government decided to take any action against JuD's charity's work, then the organisation would move the apex court which had given it a "clean chit" in the past.

The Supreme Court in May 2010 upheld a Lahore High Court order of releasing Hafiz Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk dismissed appeals filed by the federal and Punjab governments citing their failure to produce incriminating evidence against Hafiz Saeed.

Justice Nasirul Mulk had observed that Hafiz Saeed was not a convicted person and not under detention, but had been in preventive custody since Dec 12, 2008.
The self-styled charity organisation has been outlawed for the second time today, a move its members say is the result of international pressure and the recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan.

Tasnim Aslam, the spokeswoman for Foreign Office, however, underscored that Pakistan's decision was driven by UN obligations and not under pressure from any other quarter, including John Kerry.

India and the United States had since long been demanding that JuD chief Hafiz Saeed be taken to task for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Former Interior Secretary Tasneem Noorani said: “With the ban in place, the JuD leadership will be unable to organise any kind of function to promote their agenda and will be unable to perform charity work across the country,”
“It is necessary for the government to take action, but I personally believe that it will be difficult for the government to stop JuD's activities across the country,” he claimed. The former secretary said he did not think that the government was taking these steps due to pressure from the US or India.

"People like Hafiz Saeed are fond of travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah but he will be unable to travel after the ban," said Security Analyst and Executive Director Executive Director of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies Muhammad Amir Rana.

"In the past, JuD managed to get a clean chit from the apex court due to its leadership claiming that the organisation was only involved in charitable work across the country; hence it was necessary for the government to ban organisations which are being led by those who remained heads of banned outfits in the past,” he added.

“I don't think the government's decision to freeze JuD's assets will be helpful because the organisation was already collecting funds using the name of Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation; a charity organisation which was banned by the government,” the security expert claimed.

Rana was of the view that the government needs to create awareness among masses through media and exhibit a thick-skinned approach in order to implement its decision.

 

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“We take our obligations very seriously and try to meet these obligations scrupulously. Once any individuals and organizations are proscribed by the UN, we are required to freeze their assets and enforce travel restrictions. We take that action. Bank accounts of such entities and individuals are frozen after SRO is issued. You can check the details of what exactly the recent actions mean with NACTA or Ministry of Interior, she said.”

The UN declared JuD as terrorist outfit and the spokeswoman for ministry of foreign affairs clarified that Pakistan acts upon that obligations but the JuD spokesperson defended the group, saying the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court had issued verdicts in favour of allowing JuD to operate in the past. Based on these verdicts, JuD vowed to continue on its mission.

Earlier, JuD members told Dawn.com that the party leadership would approach the Supreme Court to challenge the ban. A JuD member, who requested anonymity, maintained that the group has only been engaged in charitable work for the past several years across the country.

The official reaction emailed out by JuD accused the Saudi-allied PMLN government of Nawaz Sharif of having banned the organisation under pressure from the US to "please India".

The Foreign Office said Thursday that the bank accounts of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) have been frozen and foreign travel restrictions imposed on the organisation's leader Hafiz Saeed.


Another member of the organisation said if the government decided to take any action against JuD's charity's work, then the organisation would move the apex court which had given it a "clean chit" in the past.

The Supreme Court in May 2010 upheld a Lahore High Court order of releasing Hafiz Saeed, who is accused of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk dismissed appeals filed by the federal and Punjab governments citing their failure to produce incriminating evidence against Hafiz Saeed.

Justice Nasirul Mulk had observed that Hafiz Saeed was not a convicted person and not under detention, but had been in preventive custody since Dec 12, 2008.
The self-styled charity organisation has been outlawed for the second time today, a move its members say is the result of international pressure and the recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry to Pakistan.

Tasnim Aslam, the spokeswoman for Foreign Office, however, underscored that Pakistan's decision was driven by UN obligations and not under pressure from any other quarter, including John Kerry.

India and the United States had since long been demanding that JuD chief Hafiz Saeed be taken to task for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

Former Interior Secretary Tasneem Noorani said: “With the ban in place, the JuD leadership will be unable to organise any kind of function to promote their agenda and will be unable to perform charity work across the country,”
“It is necessary for the government to take action, but I personally believe that it will be difficult for the government to stop JuD's activities across the country,” he claimed. The former secretary said he did not think that the government was taking these steps due to pressure from the US or India.

"People like Hafiz Saeed are fond of travelling to Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj or Umrah but he will be unable to travel after the ban," said Security Analyst and Executive Director Executive Director of Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies Muhammad Amir Rana.

"In the past, JuD managed to get a clean chit from the apex court due to its leadership claiming that the organisation was only involved in charitable work across the country; hence it was necessary for the government to ban organisations which are being led by those who remained heads of banned outfits in the past,” he added.

“I don't think the government's decision to freeze JuD's assets will be helpful because the organisation was already collecting funds using the name of Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation; a charity organisation which was banned by the government,” the security expert claimed.

Rana was of the view that the government needs to create awareness among masses through media and exhibit a thick-skinned approach in order to implement its decision.

 

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