Hafiz saeed, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief has been under house arrest for the past two weeks now. The house arrest was meant to have an impact on the terror networks of the Lashkar, but according to the Intelligence Bureau officials, it has had no effect whatsoever.
In fact, the Lashkar has become more determined to strike and have activated several modules in Jammu and Kashmir to seek out revenge. The Lashkar feels that the house arrest of their leader is due to India's meddling apart from the close ties that Prime Minister Narendra Modi shares with American President Donald Trump.
"There has been no impact on the ground," says an officer monitoring the outfit. "The prime camp run by the outfit at Muridke is still intact and attempts are being made everyday to send across trained jihadis into India. The Markaz Taiba camp near Mansehra too is intact and training is conducted every day," the officer says. The other camps of the outfit at the Atter Sheesha too are running.
Another major camp at Muzzafarabad is active as well, officials have reported. All this indicates that the house arrest is just a hogwash and Pakistan has no intention of carrying out a crackdown where it should. In the aftermath of the Mumbai 26/11 attacks, all these camps had come under the scanner. Pakistan had in fact ensured that these camps shut down. It is a whole other story that these camps were opened up two years later.
The two main figure heads of the LeT, Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi may have been kept quiet by Pakistan. However, Pakistan has failed to curb the activities of the outfit. The foot soldiers are ready to fight in the name of their leaders. Officials say that unless these camps are shut down, the war on terror would never be one.
In this context it would also be interesting to note that the financial wing of the Lashkar, Jamaat-ud-Dawa also had affected a name change to avoid a ban. The JuD which had come under the scanner for raising funds for terror related activities was placed under the watch list. It immediately changed its name to Falah-e-Insaniyat. When this group came under the scanner, the outfit re-launched itself as the Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir. This group is already collecting donations and diverting the funds to the Lashkar.
Interestingly, the group also decided to add Jammu and Kashmir to its name. This was a strategic move as the Kashmir issue remains an emotional one in Pakistan. The group feels that if there is any crackdown on it by the Pakistan government then it would appear as though action is being taken against the Kashmir cause.