Ahead of Eid-ul-Adha falling next month, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) – the parent body of banned terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and headed by Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed – may not collect sacrificial hides, at least not openly, due to a ban imposed by the Pakistan government.
If the government manages to implement its order, it is being predicted that the JuD may be deprived of collecting huge sums of money which it apparently spends on its ‘charity initiatives’.
Last year too, the government had imposed the ban on JuD just a day before Eid-ul-Adha but the group defied it blatantly, especially in Punjab, a province of 90 million.
The Pakistani government on Wednesday informed the Lahore High Court that it had banned the JuD from collecting sacrificial hides.
The federal government declared, "JuD and 45 other organisations in the country have been restrained from collecting sacrificial hides in the light of a resolution passed by Security Council of United Nations." The government through a deputy attorney general said this to the Lahore High Court in reply to a petition filed by JuD chief Saeed.
Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial of Lahore High Court directed the deputy attorney general to tell the court during the next hearing whether the JuD is a proscribed organisation. The court adjourned the hearing till September 23.
Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, argued in the petition that his organisation was not a proscribed one under any law of the land.
"The impugned ban is a clear violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan," he said.
He added that the ban was imposed days before the Eid-ul-Adha last year, which showed the mala fide intention of the government.