‘JuD a terror outfit’
After years of denial Pakistan has finally outlawed some terror groups that include the so-called social organization JuD. The list of banned terrorist outfits also has the name Lashkar-e-Taiba. The action to list out the terrorist groups came after the suicide attack on the Data Darbar Shrine, a religious place, where people from all walks of life go for fulfilling their prayers.
Special task forces have been created by taking CID, Special branch, and Anti-Terrorism Squads of many districts in Punjab Province for tackling the members of these groups, reported the BBC Urdu service. Whether or not the actual reason cited for this announcement is right or wrong; the declaration is on the right path that should have happened long back. There must have been pressure from elsewhere for this move by the Pakistan authorities.
It is widely believed that the Indian Home Minister in his visit to Islamabad about 10 days back had given to his counterpart Rehman Malik in Pakistan the detailed report of JuD Chief Hafiz Saeed’s involvement in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai collected from Headley’s confessions. This might made the Pakistan authority difficult to deny any more of Saeed’s involvement in terror attacks. JuD is already declared a terrorist organization by the UN.