Days after the US named Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a “foreign terrorist organization”, India is expected to raise the economic transactions involving the group at multilateral financial platforms so as to alienate the funding arising from Pakistan for various terrorist activities in India, according to a senior government official.
The JuD is headed by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is wanted by India for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and is said to be a front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).
Indian intelligence agencies have identified certain financial routes being used by the JuD to fund terrorist activities in India but were unable to crack down on them due to lack of international support. “Earlier we were not being heard on international platforms regarding the terror activities by the Pakistan-based group. We have been crying hoarse about Hafiz Saeed’s involvement to fund terror-related incidents in India, but now after the US also banned the group we expect our request to be taken more seriously,” said the official.
A statement released by the US State Department on June 26 said, “In December 2001, the Department of State designated LeT as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. Since the original designation occurred, LeT has repeatedly changed its name in an effort to avoid sanctions. More specifically, LeT created Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a front organisation, claiming that the group was an ‘organisation for the preaching of Islam, politics, and social work’.”
India will also write to the US to share with it any other information about the activities of JuD that they have not put out in the public domain. “We will soon get in touch with the concerned authorities in US and request them to share other details about JuD with us. India is directly affected by their activities and any other information about the group’s financial activities will help us curtail them further. They are using circuitous routes to fund terror activities in India,” said the official.
Last year, in a report to the Financial Action Task Force, an inter-governmental body constituted by the G 7 countries, India gave proof of Pakistan funding terror activities, allowing its soil to be used for abetting cross-border terror.