With ‘Kashmir’ in its name, JuD is putting pressure on Pak gov

With the name change, the JuD has dished out a very sentimental issue, feels Vicky Nanjappa

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On Saturday, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa which is the financial wing of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba renamed itself as the 'Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir'. This is the second name change for the JuD which had earlier called itself the Falah-e-Insaniyat.

Supporters of Hafiz Saeed, head of the Pakistani religious charity, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, protest to condemn his arrest, in Lahore, Pakistan.

A name change is effected each time there is pressure on the outfit. This time around the name change was effected following the house arrest of the JuD boss Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.

[JuD is now known as TAJK after crackdown on leadership]

The new name is interesting, considering it has Jammu and Kashmir in it.The Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir is a carefully chosen name and with this, the JuD is looking to put pressure on the Pakistan government by dishing out a very sentimental issue.
Security experts tell OneIndia that the name is a carefully chosen one.

"The name change comes in the wake of the Pakistan government cracking down on the JuD activists. Now with this new name which has 'Kashmir' in it, the outfit it trying to tell the people that the crackdown is taking place against a movement.

By adding 'Kashmir' the JuD is trying to say that it is raising the cause of Jammu and Kashmir. "When the name change was effected, the outfit said that it was supporting Pakistan's policy on Kashmir. It also said that it was extending diplomatic support for the Kashmiri right to self-determination.

Experts say that the new outfit feels that it could dish out the sentiments of the people by using this name. Any crack down on this outfit would lead the people to believe that the Pakistan government is not serious about the Kashmir cause. It is more of an eye-wash and a pressure tactic on the government of Pakistan, experts also point out.

On Friday, the JuD had announced the launch of this new outfit. This is the second time that the JuD is changing its name. Earlier the outfit was renamed Falah-e-Insaniyat. An official announcement was however made on Sunday.

Several banners of this new group are already on display in various parts of Pakistan. The group also held a conference on Sunday to discuss the Kashmir issue. Official sources say that although it is being claimed that TAJK is a new outfit, in reality it is the JuD with a name change. With Pakistan under pressure to act against terrorists, these groups are coming up with new methods to avoid a ban, officials in the intelligence agency say.

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