Malik Says JuD Banned, But Status Still Unclear

6 August 2009
The Hindu

Islamabad: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Parliament on Wednesday that the Jamat-ud-Dawa was among 25 groups that had been banned under the 1997 Anti-Terrorism Act. Mr. Malik said this in a written reply to a question in the National Assembly on the number of militant organisations banned by Pakistan. The Minister said the JuD, widely known as a front of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, was “banned” following its designation under Security Council Resolution 1267. The JuD was designated by the Council in December 2008 following the attacks. The resolution details a system of sanctions on groups and individuals associated with the Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. No notification While the Pakistan government closed down several offices of the JuD following the resolution, Mr. Malik’s statement did not make clear if the group was banned under Pakistan’s anti-terror laws. In any case, the government has not issued a notification formally banning the group. An official source, clarifying Mr. Malik’s statement, said the JuD had only been removed from the list of registered welfare charities operating in Pakistan. Following this, Pakistan informed the U.N. through its Foreign Office that the restrictions on the group had been complied with, the source explained. Pakistan placed JuD leader Hafiz Saeed under house arrest following the U.N. designation but he has since been released on the orders of the Lahore High Court. Mr. Malik also mentioned the Al-Akhtar Trust and the Al-Rashid Trust as two other groups that were similarly “banned” after their designation under Resolution 1267 along with the JuD. Both are linked to the Jaish-e-Mohammad. The reply included the names of militant groups officially banned by Pakistan under its own laws in 2002, including the LeT, the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The list includes the Tehreek-e-Islami, the Islamic Students Movement, the Khair-un-Nisa International Trust, the Islami Tehreek-e-Pakistan, the Lashkar-e-Islam, the Balochistan Liberation Army, the Jamiat-un-Nisar, the Khadam Islam and the Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan, all of which were banned by the Musharraf regime under the anti-terror laws. Some groups mentioned in the list, such as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muahammadi, which is associated with the Swat Taliban, were banned more recently.