Pakistan is yet to formally ban the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), which the UN Security Council has labeled a terrorist organization in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks, even as more than 100 of its offices around the country have been sealed and over 50 of its leaders have been arrested.
Eleven JuD operatives, including its chief Hafeez Saeed, had been placed on the Exit Control List, which means they cannot leave the country. Holding that the JuD, which describes itself as a charity, is a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group, the UN Security Council on Wednesday acted on a request from India and the US and proscribed the organization.
New Delhi has blamed the LeT for the November 26-29 Mumbai terror attacks and the December 13, 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament. “There is no need to issue any such notification against the organization once it is banned by the UN,” Dawn on Sunday quoted a senior interior ministry official as saying.