Washington: At Islamabad`s behest, China
blocked efforts in the UN Security Council to slap sanctions against JuD and its leader Hafiz Saeed which were operating against India from Pakistan, according to information contained in a secret American diplomatic cable.
A State Department cable signed off by Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton released by WikiLeaks also suggests that
the Jamaat-ud-Dawa continues to operate and raise funds and it
was unclear what steps the Pakistan government has taken to
freeze its assets to implement UN sanctions.
According to the cable dated August 10, 2009,
originating from Clinton, a US request to list Hafiz Saeed on
a sanctions list was put on hold before the Mumbai terror
attack that India blames on the JuD founder.
"Prior to the (Mumbai terrorist attacks) attacks, our
request to list (Jamaat-ud-Dawa) JUD and (Hafiz Muhammed)
Saeed were placed on hold by China at the behest of Pakistan,"
the cable marked secret and addressed to the US Embassy in
Islamabad and the Permanent Mission of the US to the UN, said.
China in its capacity as the Permanent Member of the
UN Security Council has the veto power and nothing can be
approved by this 15-member high-powered body of the United
Nations without the consent of Beijing.
US diplomats at both the US missions were instructed
to issues a demarche to Pakistan about continued activities of
JuD and Saeed inside Pakistan and also to inform Pakistani
officials that the US would oppose any move to delist JuD and
Saeed from al Qaeda and Taliban at the Sanctions Committee
list of UN Security Council.
Clinton wrote a secret communique addressed to her top
officials about her decision to veto against the application
or request to delist JuD and Saeed from the Al Qaeda and
Taliban Sanctions Committee.
Legal representatives of JuD and Saeed in their
"de-listing petition" communication to the UNSC claimed that
"there are no grounds for placing Saeed and JUD on the
Consolidated List and the material relied upon is incorrect
"We are aware that LeT and JUD share many senior
leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, who according to information available to the USG, as of 2009 continued to control LeT and issue guidance to LeT members," it said.
"In fact, LeT and JUD stem from the same original
organisation, Markaz-ud-Dawawal-Irshad (MDI)," it said.
The US, which has charged WikiLeaks of indulging in a
criminal act by stealing and releasing the cables, has neither
confirmed nor denied the authenticity of these documents.
"In spite of Pakistani acquiescence to the listings in
December 2008, we continue to see reporting indicating that
JuD is still operating in multiple locations in Pakistan, and
that the group continues to openly raise funds," it said.