January 22, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Islamabad: Pakistan has banned the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network after the US insisted it do so, a media report said today (Jan. 22).
“The US has sought a ban on the Haqqani network and the Jamaat-ud Dawa but the matter was being delayed,” Dawn online quoted an interior ministry official as saying.
The Pakistani government took action against militant organisations without making a distinction between the “good Taliban” and the “bad Taliban” after the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar December 16 by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, the report said.
Apart from Haqqani network and JuD, the ministry has also banned Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahidin, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al Akhtar Trust, Al Rashid Trust.
The official said the government had already directed the departments concerned to take immediate steps to freeze the assets of the banned outfits.
Meanwhile Pakistan’s Supreme Court asked the government to make public the names of all banned organisations so that people are aware about proscribed groups while giving donations, hours after authorities confirmed banning of Hafiz Saeed-led JuD and other outfits.
Issuing the order, Justice Jawwad Khawaja said since the government is involved in the war against militants, it is important that people should know about the banned groups in the country. “The people should know before giving donations whether that group is banned or not,” he said.
Islamic country’s apex court gave the directions to the government during the hearing of a petition on the errors and mistakes in law books which create confusions.
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