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No ban on JuD by Pakistan govt

No ban on JuD by Pakistan govt
“JuD was listed by the United Nations in December 2008 and it required three actions. These were freezings of its bank accounts, putting arms embargo and travel ban," Pakistan government sources said when asked to clarify whether a ban has been imposed on the outfit as reported in the media.

Without being specific, the sources indicated that no ban has been imposed on the outfit, which is a front for Lashkar-e Taiba terror group that carried out the attack in Mumbai in November 2008 besides many other strikes in India. Interestingly, the reports about the ‘ban’ had emerged just before the visit of US president Barack Obama to India to be the chief guest for the Republic Day besides holding talks with prime minister Narendra Modi. Pakistan has yet said nothing officially on it.

Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, when asked about the reports of ‘ban’, merely said in New Delhi on Friday: “We are proceeding strictly in accordance with UN resolution and Jamaat’s (JuD) bank account has been frozen and there is a ban on the travelling abroad of its leadership.”

Interestingly, the National Counterterrorism Authority (Nacta) of Pakistan has removed the list of proscribed organisations from its official website. This “is being seen as an attempt to add more confusion to the ongoing debate whether Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) have been banned or not,” The Nation daily reported.

Dawn journalist Amir Mir, known for his hold on security matters, wrote in the paper today that no fresh steps have been taken against JuD. “There is nothing new in the Pakistan foreign office spokesperson’s declaration about freezing of the JuD assets and placing travel restrictions on Hafiz Saeed since these measures had been announced by the then PPP government six years ago, way back in December 2008, when the United Nations Security Council had listed the JuD as a global terrorist organisation following the Mumbai terrorist attacks,” the story said.


Security forces arrest 1,800 suspected militants

Pakistan authorities have arrested more than 1,800 suspected extremists as crackdown on militants intensified in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre that left 150 people dead, officials said on Saturday. Pakistan adopted 20-points National Action Plan (NAP) with the baseline of zero-tolerance for extremism and use of police and military force to curb violence.

An official of the PM House said so far “1,859 suspects have been arrested in intelligence based operation.” He said 958 were nabbed in Punjab, 244 in Sindh, 235 Islamabad, 234 Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and 188 in Balochistan. A total of 5,487 search operations were conducted in Punjab, 322 in Sindh, 1,223 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 12 in Balochistan and 275 in Islamabad. The government has also set up military courts for speedy trial of militants.
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