New Delhi: Hours after detaining Masood Azhar’s brother Abdul Rauf Asghar and 44 other members of banned outfits, Pakistan on Tuesday claimed to have banned Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah and (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation under Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
Issuing a notification, the country’s interior ministry said that the two outfits have been moved from the watch list to the list of proscribed outfits, which has 70 organisations.
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.
However, yesterday the website of the Pakistan government’s National Counter Terrorism Authority (NCTA), which was updated on March 4 said that JuD and FIF are organisations under watch by Ministry of Interior under section 11-D-(1), Schedule-II of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997.
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.