Recently when Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the parent organisation of dreaded terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) resurfaced in the World Wide Web and launched its websites www.jamatdawa.org and www.jamatdawa.net hosted from a server in the United States of America, it came as a real shocker for the law enforcement authorities.
However, this is not the first time when JuD has managed a return to the World Wide Web as in the past the banned outfit has changed its identity, floated various charity organisations and tweaked names to launch websites.
Police sources said, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the Pakistan-based terror mastermind, along with Zafar Iqbal and Abdullah Yusuf Azam had joined hands to form a charitable organisation under the name Markaz al-Dawa Wal Irshad (MDI) (The Centre for Religious Learning and Propagation) in 1986, and soon floated a website under the name www.markazdawa.org. However, after the 9/11 attack, the United States of America mounted pressure on Pakistan to dismantle its terror network, imposed sanctions on MDI, and ensured that the organization, which acted as a front for LeT, shut down its website.
However, US could do little when MDI shifted the entire content of its website to another online portal named www.dawacenter.org. The website remained active till Saeed re-christened his organization as Jamat-ud-Dawa in 2001 and launched a website in Urdu and English under the name www.jamatuddawa.org, added police sources.
The site voiced the opinion of JuD’s senior leadership, including head of Jamat-ud-Dawa’s department of political affairs, Hafiz Abd-ur-Rahman Makki, as well as Maulana Ameer Hamza, Yahya Mujahid, Hafiz Abd-ur-Raoof, Hafiz Khalid Waleed, and Abdullah Muntazir till Mumbai 26/11 terrorist attack in 2008. Soon after the attack, the United National Security Council once again declared Jamat-ud-Dawa to be front of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist wing that plotted the Mumbai terror attack, and levied sanctions on the outfit.