Crackdown on terror? Pakistan bans media coverage of JuD, LeT

Pakistan has also banned electronic media from running any advertisements of the LeT and JuD in a bid to collect funds "in the name of social work".

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 3, 2015 10:43 am
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Pakistan on Monday banned media coverage of militant groups like the Jamaat-ud-Dawa as part of a crackdown on terror, acknowledging for the first time that the Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led outfit was a wing of the LeT.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a notification banning all satellite TV channels and FM radio from coverage of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) under UN restriction.

“The Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation are the other wings of Lashkar-e-Taiba,” the PEMRA notification said.

This is for the first time a Pakistan government department has admitted that JuD and FIF are “other wings of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)”.

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According to the PEMRA notification, 60 proscribed organisations and 12 others have been placed under a watch list.

The notification said the action has been taken against these organisations as part of the National Action Plan.

“The Pakistani satellite TV channels and FM radios should strictly follow the direction and in case of breach of code of conduct fine may be imposed or license be revoked,” the PEMRA warned.

The authority has also banned electronic media from running any advertisement of these three organisations for collection of funds “in the name of social work”.

Meanwhile, some local channels quoting PEMRA officials said the interior ministry had not directed them to ban these three outfits.

It was not clear whether the move of banning coverage was linked to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s assurance to US President Barack Obama last month to take “effective action” against UN-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including LeT and its affiliates, as per its international commitments and obligations under UN Security Council resolutions.

The National Action Plan was devised in January this year in the wake of the Peshawar Army Public School massacre in which over 150 people, mostly school children, were killed.

In the aftermath of the attack, the government and military had decided to carry out operations in the tribal areas and take action against all terror organisations and their facilitators across the country.

The UN declared JuD a terror organisation and also individually designated Saeed as a terrorist in December 2008. The US has already put $10 million bounty on Saeed’s head.

Saeed, who orchestrated the November, 2008, Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people were killed, roams around freely in Pakistan despite being a designated terrorist and has made many anti-India remarks and speeches.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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      Abhinav Gour
      Nov 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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        Romik
        Nov 4, 2015 at 9:02 am
        Pak got $31 billion from US after 9/11! To justify orders from the boss some mild actions are necessary . Then go and ask for more money. They have to supply rebels for other parts of the world too.
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        Sanjay Singh
        Nov 3, 2015 at 5:42 pm
        The so called intellectuals who are returning their awards might be SAD
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          revolutionary_monk
          Nov 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm
          A very clever ploy. It will save stan the embarrment of a global terrorist openly preaching hate in public media, NS can claim to his US masters that he is acting on promises made during his recent visit. But it certainly doesn't amount to much as the terror network of LeT is intact, HS is still alive and kicking.
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            anil
            Nov 3, 2015 at 12:45 pm
            A clever move but its supporters at India are many; they will propagate the agendas from Indian soil finally blames will come to Indian government.
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              aryan
              Nov 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm
              I have seen FIF contributions for humanity. I failed to understand why it has been banned. In India muslims are in minority, the state has failed to protect them . Modi is spreading hatred and terror in India , that nreeds to be checked
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                derick
                Nov 3, 2015 at 10:37 am
                Very good move by stan. Appreciate its efforts combating terrorism.
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