Pak likely to ban Hafiz saeed’s JuD


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in the process of banning Jamaatud Dawa (JuD), a charity that India says is front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group which is accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

“There are some legal issues [to put JuD on the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act] but we are getting there,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told lawmakers in the Senate.

After addressing some legal complications, as soon as the group is proscribed, it would automatically be put on the fourth schedule (which restricts movement of those on the list), he said in response to a query by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar.

Replying to Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Nisar confirmed intelligence-sharing with India on 10 to 15 boys crossing the Pakistani border into India.

He said actions of some ‘non-state actors’ create problems for the country and its institutions. “We are trying to get rid of such elements on both civil and military level.”

The statement comes days after Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua shared intelligence with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval about a possible terror strike in the Indian state of Gujarat, which was put on high alert on Saturday after reports of 10 to 15 militants entering the country. The terrorists were said to be associated with the LeT and Jaish-e-Muhammad militant groups.

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