Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Das on Wednesday said the action taken against Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation was not under ‘pressure’ from the US but after ‘serious deliberations’, PTI reported.
The Pakistan government had on Monday banned JuD and FIF and other organisations on the UNSC sanctions list from collecting donations from companies and individuals. This came after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the US but ‘lies and deceit’ and providing ‘safe haven’ to terrorists.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has prohibited the collection of funds by the JuD, which is the front organisation of banned outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, along with several other such organisations listed as banned outfits by the UN Security Council.
“We have taken action against the JuD and the FIF not on the pressure of the Trump administration. We have initiated action against Saeed’s organisations after ‘serious deliberations’. It is not taken in haste,” Khan said. He further claimed that the step taken was under ‘Operation Radul Fasaad’, which the Pakistan military had launched in February last year. The operation is aimed at disarming and eliminating the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country which are supported by local law enforcement agencies.
“We have taken action against the organisations which are on the UNSC sanctions list, so that our children remain safe in schools. We do not want that one day they (people associated with these organisations) attack their own country with guns,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan government is also contemplating taking over charge of charities run by the JuD and the FIF. Such an action against the JuD may lead the outfit to lose its Muridke headquarters to the government.
Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation is said to be closely connected to banned terrorist group LeT and JuD. It is also believed to be just a new name for Jamaat-ud Dawa, created to evade scrutiny and sanctions
The FIF is a Pakistan-based organisation that is closely connected to banned terrorist group LeT and JuD. It is also said that FIF is JuD with a new name, designed to evade scrutiny and sanctions.
The JuD and the FIF activists on Tuesday organised a protest rally against the government’s decision to block their funding, outside its headquarters in Muridke near Lahore. JuD leader Hafiz Abdur Rehman Maki alleged that the action against the JuD and the FIF comes under pressure of the US and India.
“Those trying to strangle the JuD and the FIF will soon be in the grip of Allah. We are not committing any crime to serve the humanity,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Maki also firmly stated that the government’s attempt to take control of ‘Markaz-e-Taiba’ (the JuD headquarters) and charity would not be accepted.