India to corner Pak on JuD, will seek US help

The JuD is headed by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who is wanted by India for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Published:July 6, 2014 3:40 am

Days after the US named Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a “foreign terrorist organisation”, 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 by the US State Department on June 26 said, “LeT has repeatedly changed its name to avoid sanctions. More specifically, LeT created Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a front organisation…”

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. “Any 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.

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