`JuD was never banned in Pakistan’
The JuD is not included in a new list of 31 banned extremist and terrorist groups released by Pakistan`s Interior Ministry.
Islamabad: A day after Pakistan hit headlines for not including the JuD in a new list of 31 banned extremist and terrorist groups, Hafiz Saeed`s lawyer on Monday reportedly said the front organisation for LeT was never banned in the Islamic country.
The Lashkar-e-Toiba was however included in the new list.
In the wake of the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, the UN Security Council had declared the Jamaat-ud-Dawah a front for the Laskar-e-Toiba. Later, Pakistani leaders like Interior Minister Rehman Malik insisted that the JuD had been banned.
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry on Sunday released the list of banned organisations as part of efforts to bar such groups from collecting the hides of animals sacrificed during the Eid-ul-Azha festival. Hundreds of hides collected every year by members of the groups are sold to raise funds.
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. New additions to the list included People`s Aman Committee of Karachi, Shia Tulaba Action Committee of Gilgit, and Tanzeem-e-Naujawanan-e-Sunnat of Gilgit-Baltistan.
(With PTI inputs)