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Pakistan may ban Jamaat

india Updated: Dec 10, 2008 22:24 IST

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Under extreme international pressure, Pakistan has given an undertaking to the UN Security Council that it would proscribe Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the parent body of LeT, suspected to have carried out the Mumbai terror attacks, if the Council declares it a terrorist organisation. However, all eyes would now be on Beijing to see whether China does block the ban – something it has done thrice earlier.

In fact, the sanctions committee of the Council had circulated a note to its members that the United States, backed by Britain and France, had twice tried to add JuD chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed to the list of individuals and organisations connected to terrorism last May, but the move was blocked by China, according to a note circulated in the UNSC on Wednesday.

A similar attempt directed against the organisation in April 2006 was also blocked by China, the note said.

Islamabad – on its part -- has assured the world body that all training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba or any entity of this nature would not be allowed on its territory.

The undertaking given by Pakistan's Ambassador to UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon came after India had sent a formal request to the Council to put sanction on JUD and its leaders.

Addressing the Council during a debate on terrorism, where the Mumbai carnage was in focus, Haroon said that moves would be set into motion to freeze assets of the JUD, if the Council puts sanctions on the outfit.

"After the designation of Jamat-ud-Dawah (JUD) under (resolution) 1267, the Government on receiving communication from the Security Council shall proscribe the JUD and take other consequential actions, as required, including the freezing of assets," he said.

He told the Council that Pakistani authorities had already initiated investigations on its own pertaining to allegations of involvement of its citizens and entities in the Mumbai attacks.

A plan, Haroon said, is being prepared to ensure effective government supervision as required for various welfare organisations and an intelligence-led operation strongly supported by law enforcement agencies is already underway to arrest the individuals alleged to be involved in the Mumbai attacks.

Should the Council decide to include JUD and its leaders in the list of organisations and individuals connected with terrorism, Pakistan would be required, among other things, to freeze their assets and Haroon said it would do so.

In a request sent to all fifteen members of the Council, which has the authority to decide, India said it wants the JUD and its members to be put on the list of individuals and organisations connected to terrorism.

Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which claims to be a charity, runs more than 100 religious schools and has wide network of supporters. It is led by Hafiz Muhammed Saeed who is known for his anti-Indian rhetoric. He has not been arrested by the Pakistani authorities so far.

During a debate in the Council on Tuesday, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed had demanded that Pakistan ban JUD and other such groups and needs to take urgent action to shut down these outfits.

The New York Times said the sanctions committee of the Council had circulated a note to its members that the United States, backed by Britain and France, had tried to add Saeed to the list last May, but was blocked by China.

A similar attempt directed against the organisation in April 2006 was also blocked by China, the note said.