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Haqqani network and JuD banned

Updated Jan 22, 2015 09:01am

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Jalaluddin Haqqani (R), Taliban's Minister for Tribal Affairs, points to a map of Afghanistan as his son Nasiruddin (L) looks on during a visit to Islamabad, in this file picture taken October 19, 2001. —Reuters
Jalaluddin Haqqani (R), Taliban's Minister for Tribal Affairs, points to a map of Afghanistan as his son Nasiruddin (L) looks on during a visit to Islamabad, in this file picture taken October 19, 2001. —Reuters

ISLAMABAD: In a significant move towards the execution of the National Action Plan against terrorism, the interior ministry has included the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) and the Haqqani network in the list of proscribed outfits, it has been learnt.

Talking to Dawn.com, an interior ministry official said the United States had sought a ban on the Haqqani network and the Jamaatud Dawa but the matter was being delayed.

However, he added, the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar by terrorists belonging to the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan caused the government to take action against militant organisations without making a distinction between the good Taliban and the bad Taliban.

According to the documents available with Dawn.com, the interior ministry has added Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahi­deen, Falah-i-Insaniat Foun­dation, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al Akhtar Trust, Al Rashid Trust, Haqqani network and Jamaatud Dawa to the list of proscribed organisations.

“During his recent visit to Islamabad, US Secretary of State John Kerry also appreciated the decision of the government to put a ban on the Haqqani network and the Jamaatud Dawa,” the official said.

He said the government had already directed the departments concerned to take immediate steps to freeze the assets of the banned outfits, including the Haqqani Network and JuD.

The Haqqani Network, founded by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for some of the most heinous attacks on US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States in September 2012. The US and India have both always considered JuD, the ‘charity’ organisation run by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, a sister organisation of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant outfit blamed for masterminding the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement Senator retired Col Tahir Hussain Mashhadi told Dawn.com that a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior had questioned Mohammad Asghar Chaudhry, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, a day before about the ban on the Haqqani Network and JuD.

“The official... told the members of the committee that the ministry is keeping the Haqqani Network and the Jamaatud Dawa under observation...,” Mr Mashhadi said.

The MQM senator said he believed that the government had banned the Haqqani Network and JuD as it had already announced ending the distinction between the good Taliban and the bad Taliban.

It is worth mentioning that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had refused at a recent press conference to comment on the ban on the Haqqani Network and JuD.

The writer reports for Dawn.com

Published in Dawn, January 22nd, 2015

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Comments (60) Closed



Tanveer Jan 22, 2015 08:11am

How many of you file a police case(FIR) against your son when he does something naughty or when your neighbors complain???????? Gimme a break...

Canada For Canadians Jan 22, 2015 08:11am

We will see whether each and every training centre in Punjab and Azad Kashmir is dismantled and destroyed or not. Trust and verify will continue. CIA has all the records and locations.

Satyameva Jayate Jan 22, 2015 08:12am

Just wait a few hours and the Interior Minister will proclaim that that is not so. that only those attacking Pak state will be targeted.

Vishal Jan 22, 2015 08:17am

Good but what about operatives of these organisations. They still freely move in Pakistan and as someone said last time, Hafeez Saeed is a free man, a free Pakistani and can go anywhere within Pakistan.. Question is if its organization is a terrorist organization then how come Pakistan don't have any valid proof against the boss himself ! pure hypocrisy.

awinash Jan 22, 2015 08:18am

Let's see if the security forces have the courage to act against Hafeez Saeed.

Neeraj Jan 22, 2015 08:18am

JuD is now FIF, so doesn't matter!

Ayaz Jan 22, 2015 08:33am

Haqqani will have to stay all their lives in Abbottabad .....

Kamal Gupta Jan 22, 2015 08:33am

I hope they have been given enough time to liquidate and monetise their assets and withdraw most of the cash in their bank accounts. And oh yes, I hope the safe houses provided to them are comfortable and with enough women to take care of their basic needs.

Fawad Jan 22, 2015 08:39am

Finally!! But yet miles to go, on many fronts. What now for Mr Hafiz Sayeed.

citizen Jan 22, 2015 08:39am

By tomorrow both groups will surface in new name and avatar.....

Reza Khan Jan 22, 2015 08:40am

Good news!

Whatever Jan 22, 2015 08:45am

Good news

karthik Jan 22, 2015 08:45am

The ban means Pakistan was alwaya aware of cross border terrorism activities of JuD but in public asking for evidence. Though the ban will not be effective as it will transform in a different name. In the end they will tell the world they are victims of terror

KRana Jan 22, 2015 08:50am

Good move by Pakistan this time..let us see how Hafiz saeed react and how Gov. react on him

Lucky 7 Jan 22, 2015 08:59am

Better late then never..

SKChadha Jan 22, 2015 09:00am

My Good Wishes to GOP for successful fight against terror.

Khurram Jan 22, 2015 09:07am

Good move...finally the sanity starts prevailing in our political and military leadership that there sould be no Good or Bad Talibans...

Noodle Jan 22, 2015 09:11am

Eye wash, not believable unless people are hanged for terrorist activities who belong to these groups.

Pc Jan 22, 2015 09:12am

Good action. Pakistan must realize that it should take action against such organisations as they cause more harm to Pakistan than any other country. Killers of innocents are criminals - irrespective of whether they are Muslims/Christians/Hindus/Jews. Human beings need to treat them as criminals an their action as illegal & unlawful. We cannot end crime,but, we can control it and should control it effectively so that our focus is not limited to controlling crime only. for that, we need strong laws and acceptance of the facts. Good job Pakistan. You need to earn he trust of the world. Respect will come automatically.

Rajat Jan 22, 2015 09:15am

Soon we will have Hama Tul Dawa. Another charity organization.

Mercy Jan 22, 2015 09:23am

To buy the time and harvest money, nothing else will happen except rename them with bla bla bla....

Abhinav Jan 22, 2015 09:26am

now Walk the talk and see Modi soften his stand in 2 months

Pranav Patel Jan 22, 2015 09:27am

I dont think punjab govt or pak army have gutts to do that World has to come and clean this mess

PS Jan 22, 2015 09:27am

Interesting...Next steps for Hafeez Sayeed 1. Form a new organization, it will be JuE or JuF....there are enuf letters to keep going 2. STAY FREE

If Pak is serious...take action against these guys...they are good for none...The sooner Pak realizes this the better it will be for the country...

Ramesh K Sharma Jan 22, 2015 09:28am

It is good move but the real test will banning these organizations if they assume a different name.

Daring Mard Jan 22, 2015 09:29am

lollll they are the bank of the terrorist world. Look at all those trusts hahahaaaa

Salma Jan 22, 2015 09:36am

Learnt? Not announced? What does this mean?

arjun Jan 22, 2015 09:37am

The test of all this is whether Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi, and Dawood are handed over to India. Otherwise it's the same old pack of lies we've been hearing since 2004

dipak Jan 22, 2015 09:41am

wether you ban or not but the big damage on international pakistan has already received. it is upto pakistani people to support govt policy or not?

Indian Jan 22, 2015 09:46am

It looks that US warning to Pakistan is TRUE !!!

Anyway if you have done it willingly then I appriciate it. All terrorist are bad. Soon you learn this, sooner your country become better place to live.

QAZi Jan 22, 2015 09:51am

Just for reminder… only the names are banned, changing the name isn’t very difficult at all

NAZIR Jan 22, 2015 09:52am

99% pakistani people are very good but they always cheted by 1% false propoganda.... but now pakistan people go towards education......they understand truth and false clearly...

kashif Jan 22, 2015 09:53am

Result please, no more talking

Gaurav Arya Jan 22, 2015 09:59am

@Pranav Patel - I can tell you one thing for sure. The Pakistani government will never have the guts to anything. But the Pakistan Army is a professional fighting unit and they can finish Taliban. My concern is not about Pakistan Army's capabilities (which are beyond doubt) but about their intent. JuD is a synonym for Lashkar-e-Toiba. Lets see how this unfolds.

desi Jan 22, 2015 10:00am

How LOOOOONG, one week, one month or one year???

alex Jan 22, 2015 10:12am

if pakistan is sreous for banning this organization then they should arrest the leaders like hafeez said who are freely roaming in pakistan. then only international community will persieve that pak is serious in this matter. otherwise they will change the name and start partying again. just like lashkar-e-tayba -> jamat-ud-dawa.

Bharat Jan 22, 2015 10:32am

can't be anything more than a paper ban

Kranti Jan 22, 2015 10:32am

Banning won't make any difference because there is no stance in it. All things will work as normal only. This is just a farce to pacify their Master US. LOL...

Ali Jan 22, 2015 10:32am

This is a good beginning and all you skeptics out there appreciate the act and lets hope for the best .....

Yasir Jan 22, 2015 10:44am

@canada for canadians......first let the CIA win the war in afghanistan....10 years n counting lol

Prado Jan 22, 2015 11:07am

Cosmetic move. The Guys will change the name and continue to operate.

Javed USA Jan 22, 2015 11:07am

What does ban mean here? locks on their offices or their assets have been seized?

V K Das Jan 22, 2015 11:20am

Banning them under US pressure does not speak well of Pakistan. They would have done well had they banned them when India complained. That would have improved relations but now it shows that Pakistan crumbles under US pressure and has no strength to stand on its two feet.

Ammy Jan 22, 2015 11:24am

Only the Time will tell, how serious is the initiative. we have seen JUD surfacing with this name, when its Let was banned.

Seriousness will be visible by Stopping the activities under the banner of such organisations, not by Mere Hogwash by Banning a name literally. That too after pressure from around the world, when these naught boys started harming interest of other nations.

These organisations are real weapons of destruction,Its Good Pakistan Banishes such people. Appreciate it , considering this time, its a genuinely serious Approach.

drsma Jan 22, 2015 11:34am

Congrats Pakistan..

neer Jan 22, 2015 11:45am

@citizen well said dear

wondi Jan 22, 2015 11:46am

Today Jamat-Ul-Dawa .......... tomorrow it will be Sab-ka-Bawa............... Make no sense banning these outfits.......

ravirajsher Jan 22, 2015 11:50am

false show

Sudhanshu Swami Jan 22, 2015 12:03pm

Commenters, Please suggest new names.

pravin Jan 22, 2015 12:07pm

Finally you banned JUD. hafiz saeed is UN decleared terrorist then what were you waiting for so long time. I think you were finding whether he is good or bad terrorist. and if you say there was no evedence against him then why UN believed the evedences but you were not beleiving only because of he did not break pakistani law. From here only good and bad tereorist concept came. But overall now this is good step by pakistan.

Riaz Jan 22, 2015 12:11pm

@Canada For Canadians

So what? Is CIA running world affairs?

Riaz Jan 22, 2015 12:22pm

@Vishal

Very well said; having no proof is hypocrisy? Why should Hafiz Saeed be arrested; he is a Pakistani and free to move as any other Pakistani. It is his country. Why is Modi not only free but PM of worlds largest secular democracy; murderer involved in genocide of Muslims. "Preach what you Practice". Stop support of terrorists and interference in our country's affairs please.

افغان ميهن Jan 22, 2015 12:25pm

Afghans are not fooled by this ban. They know it will be business as usual in the very near future.

dev Jan 22, 2015 01:10pm

If only Pakistan would have done it voluntarily it would have been a fabulous exercise. Since it is at the insistence of the US, it is just not going happen, it would just be a paper exercise. Additionally, the organizations would change there names like they have done in the past.

Alok Jan 22, 2015 01:11pm

Banning the operator will be better than banning the institution

VINOD Jan 22, 2015 01:28pm

Delay is to facilitate transfer of funds and arms etc to the safer places. May be due to search of another safe heaven. It is obvious that every one knows.

ZKakar Jan 22, 2015 01:40pm

A very good news for Developed and Peaceful Pakistan. Hope they will implement the decision with full fledged action.

Ayaz Jan 22, 2015 02:05pm

@ZKakar You are very naïve .... these are just lies to deceive the world ...

hari Jan 22, 2015 02:31pm

good move,i wish best of luck to pak govt in fighting against terrorism

Taimoor Jan 22, 2015 04:39pm

Does this coincide with Afghan government commitment on dismantling Indian terror infrastructure inside Afghanistan?