In a set-back to India, Pakistan has ruled out the possibility of banning Jamaat-ud Dawah (JuD), the umbrella terrorist group led by the 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. The authorities in Pakistan also asserted that no action can be taken against the JuD Chief as there is no evidence against him to link it with terrorism and the outlawed Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
Speaking before the Pakistan Senate on Wednesday, Minister for States and Frontier region Gen. (Retd.) Abdul Qadir Baloch claimed that there is no evidence against the group. Talking about the UN Security Council resolution, which listed Jamat-ud Dawah as LeT with a new name, Abdul Baloch said that UNSC have shared no supporting evidence to establish the connection.
He was speaking in the Senate on behalf of interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during the question hour.
Baloch said that the JuD had been under “observation” of authorities in terms of Section 11-D of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) since November 15, 2003 and will be only proscribed if a report confirming its involvement in terrorism is received under Section 11-B of the ATA. Under Section 11-B, an organisation is proscribed if the federal government has reasons to believe that it is linked to terrorism.
“The government can place an organisation under observation for six months if it is suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. The period can be extended,” Baloch said.
Giving a near clean-chit to the terrorist out, Gen. Baloch claimed that JuD was engaged in charity and social work, operating hospitals, clinics, schools, ambulance service and religious institutions.
He further said its offices were shut between 2008 and 2010 and were only allowed to reopen after an order by the Lahore High Court.
Jamat-ud Dawah is listed as a terror outfit by the UN and its chief Hafiz Saeed has a US $ 10 million US government bounty against him, but Jamaat-ud-Dawah operates freely across Pakistan.
Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saaeed is often seen giving inflammatory speeches against India. In the past as well, while addressing rallies in Pakistan, the Jamat-ut-Dawah chief had occasionally threatened to attack India.