Lahore: The government of Pakistan`s
Punjab province provided Rs 82.77 million to Jamaat-ud-Dawah
and its allied institutions during the last fiscal year,
according to official documents.
The supplementary budget for the past fiscal tabled in
the Punjab assembly for approval revealed that the PML-N-led
provincial government made a grant of over Rs 79 million to
the Markaz-e-Tayyaba, the JuD headquarters in Muridke near
Another Rs 3 million was given as grants to schools
run by the JuD in different districts of Punjab, according to
the official documents.
Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, under a cloud
for his links to banned groups like the Sipah-e-Sahaba,
admitted that the money had been given to the JuD.
He told a TV news channel yesterday that the money was
given to these institutions after the JuD was "banned" in the
wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the Punjab government
appointed an administrator for the organisation.
The purpose of giving these grants was to continue
welfare services provided by JuD`s schools, dispensaries and
hospitals, Sanaullah said.
The UN Security Council declared the JuD a front for
the banned Lashker-e-Taiba shortly after the Mumbai attacks.
Despite claims by Pakistani leaders that the JuD has
been "banned," no formal notification has been issued by the
federal government to proscribe the organisation.
Meanwhile, a Punjab government spokesman has contended
that the grants for the JuD had been given to the
administrator for continuing welfare services.
A syllabus approved by the government had been adopted
in the JuD`s educational institutions, the spokesman said in a
JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid claimed his organisation
had not received any money from the provincial government.
"We are a welfare organisation and raise our own funds
from the public for providing educational and healthcare
services to help the people," he said.
Mujahid criticised the provincial minister for making
a "false statement" to the media about the Punjab government
giving money to the JuD and its institutions.