Washington: At Islamabad’s behest, China blocked efforts in the UN Security Council (UNSC) to slap sanctions against JuD and its leader Hafiz Saeed which were operating against India from Pakistan, according to information contained in a secret American diplomatic cable.
A state department cable signed off by secretary of state Hillary Clinton released by WikiLeaks also suggests that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa continues to operate and raise funds and it was unclear what steps the Pakistan government has taken to freeze its assets to implement UN sanctions.
According to the cable dated 10 August, 2009, originating from Clinton, a US request to list Hafiz Saeed on a sanctions list was put on hold before the Mumbai terror attack that India blames on the JuD founder.
“Prior to the (Mumbai terrorist attacks) attacks, our request to list (Jamaat-ud-Dawa) JUD and (Hafiz Muhammed) Saeed were placed on hold by China at the behest of Pakistan,” the cable marked secret and addressed to the US Embassy in Islamabad and the Permanent Mission of the US to the UN, said.
China in its capacity as the Permanent Member of the UNSC has the veto power and nothing can be approved by this 15-member high-powered body of the United Nations without the consent of Beijing.
US diplomats at both the US missions were instructed to issues a demarche to Pakistan about continued activities of JuD and Saeed inside Pakistan and also to inform Pakistani officials that the US would oppose any move to delist JuD and Saeed from al Qaeda and Taliban at the Sanctions Committee list of UNSC.
Clinton wrote a secret communique addressed to her top officials about her decision to veto against the application or request to delist JuD and Saeed from the Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee.
Legal representatives of JuD and Saeed in their “de-listing petition” communication to the UNSC claimed that “there are no grounds for placing Saeed and JUD on the Consolidated List and the material relied upon is incorrect and baseless”.
“We are aware that LeT and JUD share many senior leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, who according to information available to the USG, as of 2009 continued to control LeT and issue guidance to LeT members,” it said.
“In fact, LeT and JUD stem from the same original organisation, Markaz-ud-Dawawal-Irshad (MDI),” it said.
The US, which has charged WikiLeaks of indulging in a criminal act by stealing and releasing the cables, has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of these documents.
“In spite of Pakistani acquiescence to the listings in December 2008, we continue to see reporting indicating that JuD is still operating in multiple locations in Pakistan, and that the group continues to openly raise funds,” it said.