What is the real status of Jamaat ud Dawa’s ban in Pakistan?
Pakistan’s former foreign secretary — of the Indian evidence on Mumbai terror attacks is literature fame — and the new High Commissioner to India, Salman Bashir gave an interview to Karan Thapar. Here is a question about the Jamaat ud Dawa.
Karan Thapar: But you know why the Lahore court released him on September 2009 when he had actually been arrested under the antiterrorist act because his organisation Jamata-ul-Dawa was not banned under the act. That was the lacuna that permitted the Lahore court. And the said party is even today, the JuD is not banned under the act, so that lacuna continues.
Salman Bashir: On that aspect, I think, I ought to be explicit both the LeT and the JUD are restricted and prohibited under law.[Link]
Here is the media report of that September 2009 hearing. Judge for yourself what the truth is.
During the hearing, the court asked Punjab Assistant Advocate General Malik Abdul Aziz whether the JD was a banned organisation. The assistant advocate general sought half an hour to give answer to the court after getting proper information from the Federal Ministry of Interior. The court granted him the time.
On resumption of the hearing, the assistant advocate general told the court that the Punjab government had not issued any notification regarding ban on the JD and the Federal Ministry of Interior had restricted activities of the JD on the basis of resolution of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He said the name of the JD was not included in the list of those organisations which were banned by the Federal Ministry of Interior under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.He said the name of JD had not been included in the list of proscribed organisations but was added on a watch list due to terrorism threats.[Link]
In December 2008, the United Nations Security Council had listed the Jamaat-ud-Dawa as an alias of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, declaring it a terrorist group as part of Resolution 1267, which is also known as the al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee.
This was done after Pakistan’s ambassador to UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon said that his government would act against Jamaat-ud-Dawa if the UNSC added the group to the terrorist list.
“After the designation of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) under (resolution) 1267, the government on receiving communication from the Security Council shall proscribe the JUD and take other consequential actions, as required, including the freezing of assets,” Haroon said.[ToI]
Lies, promises and more lies. Rinse, wash, repeat. It defies commonsense that India can still attempt to repose trust in Pakistani diplomats and leaders. The facts are there for everyone to see, except the Indian government, which believes that playing cricket and allowing Pakistani propaganda on Indian TV channels will get justice for the victims of Mumbai terror attacks.
Here is another gem from Salman ‘literature’ Bashir:
Karan Thapar: So once again you are saying that Pakistan is doing everything it can to restrain Hafiz Saeed but you have to operate within your laws.
Salman Bashir: That is unfortunately the dilemma. The civil societies have to operate with in the limits of law.[Link]
Ha. The limits of the law or the unwillingness to use the law? In any case, what can you say about a country where a dreaded terrorist like Hafiz Saeed, with a $10 million bounty on information leading to his arrest or conviction – to go along with a UNSC Resolution declaring him a terrorist — is considered a part of the “civil society”?