No ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Pakistan

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Islamabad, Dec 15: Despite United Nation Security Council ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in the wake of Nov 26 Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan government has decided not to ban Jammat-ud-Dawa, front for the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

The Security Council had on Dec 10 imposed sanctions on the JuD and branded four of its top commander terrorists, including JuD chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.

This forced Islamabad to crack down on the JuD. Saeed was placed under house arrest and the JuDs offices were sealed and bank accounts frozen. But all this appears to have been an eyewash as the interior ministry has told all four provincial governments not to take any action against any of the Jamaats 500 seminaries and Daawa model schools -- often described by the Western media as training camps and indoctrination centres.

Pakistan's Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi confirmed in Paris that Jamaat-run seminaries and schools would continue to function as usual.

There was no evidence to suggest that the outfit was promoting extremism or violence there.


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