Just a few weeks before the third anniversary of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks, the Pakistani interior ministry has dropped the Jamaat-ud-Dawah — a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that was responsible for the massacre — from its new list of 31 banned extremist and terrorist groups.
Though the Lashkar was included in the new list, the JuD was not on it.
The ministry released the list of banned organisations on Saturday as part of its efforts to bar such groups from collecting hides of animals sacrificed during the Eid-ul-Azha festival. Hundreds of hides collected every year by the groups are sold to raise funds.
After the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council declared the JuD a front for the LeT. Immediately after the UNSC decision, the JuD renamed itself as the Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool (movement for defending the honour of God).
After the Mumbai attacks, several Pakistani leaders like interior minister Rehman Malik claimed that the JuD had been banned. But during a hearing in the Lahore high court in 2009, a senior law officer admitted that no notification had been issued to ban the JuD.
According Indian security sources, the terror outfit has continued its activities unabated even after it was put under the UN sanction. The interior ministry said the members of the banned groups would be booked under the anti-terrorism act.