UNSC bans JuD as terror outfit on India’s demand

UNSC bans JuD as terror outfit on India’s demand

United Nations: Heeding to India’s demand, UN Security Council has placed sanctions on Jamaat-ud-Dawa, front organisation of banned LeT, declaring it a terrorist outfit, and labelled as terrorists its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and suspected Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

Besides Sayeed and Lakhvi, two other top leaders of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Haji Muhammad Ashraf and Zaki-ur-Bahaziq have also been declared as terrorists by the UNSC.

Imposing the sanctions, the Council late on Wednesday asked all member States to freeze their assets and imposed travel ban and arms embargo against them.

India had sought ban on JuD after LeT was suspected to be behind the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The decision was taken by the Council’s committee on Al-Qaeda and Taliban which put JuD and the four individuals on the Consolidated List of persons and entities connected with Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

The United States had sought ban on Lakhvi, operations leader of LeT who is suspected to be the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks, Ashraf, a JuD financier, and Bahaziq, an Indian-born Saudi who was said to collecting funds for the banned organisations in Saudi Arabia.

JuD defence

Branded a terrorist outfit by the UN, Jamaat-ud-Dawah on Thursday sought to put up a defiant stance, claiming that it was not concerned by the international clampdown and would carry on with its activities.

Reacting to the ban imposed by the UN Securtiy Council by a unanimous decision, Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi, chief of the Jamaat in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, said, “We don’t take permission from the UN or the Security Council for carrying out our activities".

He claimed his group was not involved in the Mumbai carnage but said his organisation would admit its mistakes provided it was proved that it was in any way linked to the attacks, which left a trail of death and destruction.

At present, the Jamaat did not have any links with the LeT, he said, claiming the Lashkar had no camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.