New Delhi: Despite the official announcement by Imran Khan-led Pakistan government a fortnight ago, Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (Jud) and its wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) have not been banned. The front organisations of Lashkar-e-Taiba terror outfit have been kept under the ‘watch-list’.
According to the website of the Pakistan government’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), which was updated on Monday, JuD and FIF are organisations under watch by Ministry of Interior under section 11-D-(1), Schedule-II of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
“This implies that Pakistan has lied on the ban on Jud and FIF. In fact, it has just altered the date of the watch list placement to fool the world,” PTI quoted a senior security official as saying.
Earlier on February 21, the Pakistan government had declared 69 terrorist organisations including the JuD and FIF as banned, amid intense global pressure to rein in the militant groups following the Pulwama terror attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF soldiers in South Kashmir.
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.