Crackdown on Hafiz Saeed’s charities starts: Khurram Dastgir says action against JuD, FIF not taken under US pressure

  • Dastgir said: “We have taken action against the organisations which are on the UNSC sanctions list, so that our children remain safe in schools. We do not want that one day they (people associated with these organisations) attack their own country with guns.”
Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Days after the government disclosed its plans to act against banned outfits including Hafiz Saeed’s charity organisations, the Islamabad police have taken down a banner of Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) on Wednesday.

A criminal case was also lodged against unidentified persons, responsible for putting up the banner for fund-raising.

The banner was put up outside a mosque in Ghori Town in Koral police jurisdiction, seeking donations for the Muslims of Burma and Syria.

Earlier on Wednesday, Defence Minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan said the government has acted against Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation not under pressure from the US but after “serious deliberations.”

The government has banned Saeed-led JuD and FIF from collecting donations on Monday. The government has also banned companies and individuals from making donations to the JuD, the FIF and other organisations on the UNSC sanctions list.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) issued a notification prohibiting the collection of donations by the JuD, the front organisation of banned outfit Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT), as well as several other such organisations named in a list of banned outfits by the UN Security Council.

“We have taken action against the JuD and the FIF not on the pressure of the Trump administration. We have initiated action against Saeed’s organisations after ‘serious deliberations’. It is not taken in haste,” Khurram Dastgir told BBC Urdu.

He said the action was part of the ‘Operation Radul Fasaad’, launched in February last year by the Pak army to disarm and eliminate the hidden terrorist sleeper cells across the country with support of local law enforcement agencies.

“We have taken action against the organisations which are on the UNSC sanctions list, so that our children remain safe in schools. We do not want that one day they (people associated with these organisations) attack their own country with guns,” the minister said.

The PML-N government is also considering taking over the control of charities run by the JuD and the FIF. If action is taken, the JuD may lose its headquarters in Muridke, near Lahore, to the government.

The FIF is a closely connected to banned terrorist group LeT and JuD. It is also said that FIF is JuD with a new name, designed to evade scrutiny and sanctions.

Yesterday, the JuD and the FIF activists held a rally outside its headquarters in Muridke in protest against the government action and also blocked a road.

Addressing the rally, JuD leader Hafiz Abdur Rehman Maki alleged that the action against the JuD and the FIF has been taken on the pressure of the US and India.

“Those trying to strangle the JuD and the FIF will soon be in the grip of Allah. We are not committing any crime to serve the humanity,” he said.

Maki also said that any move by the government to take the control of ‘Markaz-e-Taiba’ (the JuD headquarters) and charity would not be accepted.