Karachi: Despite being listed as a proscribed organization by the United Nations and its chief carrying a 10 million dollar bounty against him, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa is operating "freely" in Pakistan, trying out Islamabad's determination to tackle terrorism, a report said.
At JuD's "sprawling" headquarter in the town of Muridke, north of Lahore, "little seemed to have changed," reported the Dawn.
JuD's relief wing, the Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), is often spotted on the ground as a first aid group after an earthquake or floods, the report said.
JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, a prime Mumbai terror blasts accused, is often seen in public handing out food and giving "fiery anti-India" speeches. He recently led thousands of supporters in a rally in Lahore on Thursday to mark Kashmir Day, under the watch of a heavy police contingent outside the city's high court.
Both the United States and India consider the JuD as a front for Lashkar-i-Taiba ( LeT), a militant group responsible for planning the 9/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.
However, Pakistan has long shied away from acting against the groups it considers "useful for fighting abroad in India or Afghanistan," despite its commitment to put an end to its tolerance of so-called "good" militants in the aftermath of a Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar in December.
The JuD denies any link to violence and enjoys huge popularity across the nation for the work of its charitable faction.