Islamabad: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front
organisation for LeT which carried out the 2008 Mumbai
attacks, is not included in a new list of 31 banned extremist
and terrorist groups released by Pakistan`s Interior Ministry.
The Interior Ministry released the list of banned
organisations yesterday as part of efforts to bar such groups
from collecting the hides of animals sacrificed during the
Hundreds of hides collected every year by members of the
groups are sold to raise funds.
Though the Lashkar-e-Taiba was included in the new list,
the JuD was not on it.
In the wake of the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people,
the UN Security Council had declared the JuD a front for the
After the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani leaders like Interior
Minister Rehman Malik insisted that the JuD had been banned.
However, during a hearing in the Lahore High Court in
2009, a senior law officer admitted that no notification had
been issued to ban the JuD.
The new list of banned groups includes Jaish-e-Mohammed
and its front organisation Khuddam-ul-Islam, Sipah-e-Sahaba
Pakistan and its front organisation Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan,
al-Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Jaafria Pakistan,
Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi and Hizb-ut-Tahrir.
Other groups on the list are Tehrik-e-Islami,
Jamiat-ul-Ansar, Jamiat-ul-Furqan, Khair-un-Naas International
Trust, Islamic Students Movement of Pakistan, Islami Tehreek
Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Islam, Ansar-ul-Islam, Haji Namdar Group,
Balochistan Liberation Army, Balochistan Republican Army,
Balochistan Liberation Front, Lashkar-e-Balochistan,
Balochistan Liberation United Front and Balochistan Musallah
New additions to the list included People`s Aman
Committee of Karachi, Shia Tulaba Action Committee of Gilgit,
Markaz Sabeel Organisation of Gilgit and
Tanzeem-e-Naujawanan-e-Sunnat of Gilgit-Baltistan.
The Interior Ministry warned that any members of the
banned groups found collecting animal hides during Eid-ul-Azha
would be booked under the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Members of the banned groups cannot assemble, maintain
offices, continue their activities and operate bank accounts,
an official statement said.
The Interior Ministry said all persons who want to
collect hides will have to obtain permission from the district
administration chiefs or district magistrates.
Traders involved in purchasing hides were directed to
deal only with sellers who had permission from authorities to