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Previous PPP govt blamed for not acting against JuD

Updated Feb 02, 2017 11:36am

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ISLAMABAD: The government has accused the previous government of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of not taking required actions under the 2008 United Nations resolution designating Hafiz Saeed’s organisation as a terrorist outfit.

“As a matter of record, the actions taken by the government of Pakistan have been carried out as per obligations vis-à-vis listing of Jamaatud Dawa under UN Security Council Resolution 1267 in December 2008,” says an unnamed spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior in a statement here on Wednesday which the ministry apparently released in reaction to a statement of India’s Ministry of External Affairs regarding the detention of JuD chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

“Various actions that needed to be taken under the relevant resolution, i.e. arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze, were not carried out for some reasons by the previous governments,” the spokesperson said without naming the PPP.

The spokesperson said that Pakistan did not need any certification or endorsement from India over the recent actions it had taken in relation to Hafiz Saeed.

India had constantly been using Hafiz Saeed’s political activities as a tool to malign Pakistan, the statement said. “The international community should take note and understand that Pakistan is a democratic society where judiciary takes free, independent and transparent decisions,” it said.

“If indeed, India is serious about its allegations, it should come up with concrete evidence against Hafiz Mohammad Saeed which is sustainable in court of law in Pakistan or for that matter anywhere in the world,” the spokesperson said, adding: “Mere casting aspersions and levelling allegations without any corroborating evidence would not help the cause of peace in the region.”

The spokesperson further said that Pakistan was still looking for justification and explanation from India as to how all the accused involved in the Samjhota Express bombing, in which 68 Pakistani nationals lost their lives, had gone scot-free.

“The involvement of Indian army officer Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit and Hindu extremist leaders like Swami Aseemanand of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the Samjhota Express terrorist incident is a matter of record and has been widely reported in the international press without any positive response from India,” the spokesperson concluded.

When contacted, PPP spokesman Senator Farhatullah Babar said: “I don’t know what actions were taken on the resolution at that time,” adding that it was the PPP government which enacted in 2013 a legislation under which a banned organisation could not resurface or resurrect under a new name.

Mr Babar recalled that in reply to a question on the issue in the Senate, the interior ministry had made a statement that the government had not banned the JuD be­­cause of a decision of a high court. However, he said, when the government produced a copy of the decision after a stern ruling by Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, it showed that the court had only raised a technical question as to why the JuD had not been placed in the Fourth Schedule, a prerequisite for imposition of a ban on any organisation.

He asked why the present government took more than three years for implementation of the same UN resolution.

ECL: Meanwhile, TV channels reported that the government had placed the names of 38 activists of the JuD on the exit control list. However, there was no official word from the interior ministry in this regard.

Published in Dawn, February 2nd, 2017

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Comments (52) Closed



Khan Feb 02, 2017 11:08am

Like a cat screaming when you step on its tail.

PSP(India) Feb 02, 2017 11:11am

Keep playing with words. Truth always prevails in the end.

Naeem Feb 02, 2017 11:24am

Where were interior minister for the last four years of their government

Saurabh Feb 02, 2017 11:26am

Argument goes like - I am Bad but so r u! But unfortunately - the world only sees 1 party as bad here

Maverik Feb 02, 2017 11:30am

India should come forward with evidence, not rhetoric if it wants any further actions. It's time for India to do its part.

sangun Feb 02, 2017 11:28am

If they are blaming it on the last govt, yhy didn't the current government arrest Hafiz soon after they came to power?

RE Feb 02, 2017 11:33am

Radicals and fundamentals in Pakistan are more powerful than politicians, security forces and bureaucrats, as it has been seen.

Mahesh Feb 02, 2017 11:39am

and what UN says about him and why? care to answer

Shahryar Shirazi Feb 02, 2017 12:27pm

Hahah! aren't you in power for last 4 years ? so PPP slept on it for 5, and you slept on it for 4 years ?

Lashari Feb 02, 2017 12:34pm

PML-N just creating a discourse to spread the impression ( as the this Government's remaining time is short) among public that, see we are a Anti-militancy political party. This tactic seems to win people votes in 2018 polls. PML-N stance against militant organisations ( Particulary of Punjab ) has not been much strong as of PPP.

Parvez Feb 02, 2017 12:41pm

You blame me ......and I'll blame you....that's the name of the game.

sheryaar Feb 02, 2017 12:39pm

so what were u doing for the last 4 yrs???

ark Feb 02, 2017 12:39pm

If credible evidence against JUD wasn't available how come the UN has proscribed the organization. And its been four years since the previous government has been out of power.

Zulfi Feb 02, 2017 12:48pm

Passing the buck... how convenient

Ghani K Feb 02, 2017 12:48pm

Government of Nawaz Sharif buckled under the pressure by Indian diplomacy coupled with the demand from American administration. While India succeeded in maligning Pakistan , our government failed to highlight the attack on Samjotha Express where 68 Pakistani lost their lives. Now blame game started making PPP scapegoat .

Sage of Himalaya Feb 02, 2017 12:54pm

Too little too late. No one is going to believe it.

Ahmad Feb 02, 2017 12:59pm

And last government arrested him twice in 5 years. You are in government for the last 4 years what did you do until now? Grow up and accept your blunders, be mature.

Mirza Feb 02, 2017 01:03pm

Blame game has started now, new drama.

Kishore Feb 02, 2017 12:58pm

what a shame!!

Imtiaz Feb 02, 2017 01:06pm

Better late than never - but still too little with amost zero effect just to fool international community.

ANIL Feb 02, 2017 01:12pm

This is merely an eye wash.Drama enacted by the present government to deceive the world and avoid harsh penalties.

Timeto stopthis Feb 02, 2017 01:11pm

Was NS sleeping for so many years after coming to power? Looks like he has just woken up and realised that Hafiz Saeed is roaming free.

Timeto stopthis Feb 02, 2017 01:18pm

Did NS come into power yesterday

Timeto stopthis Feb 02, 2017 01:13pm

This government is the laughing stock of the country.

Sohan Feb 02, 2017 01:45pm

What was this government doing for the last three years. Why now?

ABC Feb 02, 2017 02:18pm

If PMLN Govt is so sincere in implementing all UN resolutions, why are they blaming PPP Govt now while PMLN Govt is in power since 2013. PMLN Govt could simply implement the decision during last three years of their Govt, if they wanted to implement it sincerely. Why scapegoating PPP now?

Feroz Feb 02, 2017 02:28pm

Pass the buck strategy would have worked if on assuming office the PML government had taken steps to ban and outlaw all the terror groups. Succumbing to external pressure after a three year lapse and trying to win brownie points is unlikely to fool anybody.

Vishal Feb 02, 2017 02:50pm

Then why he is under House Arrest if you still believe there is no concrete evidence ! Your actions now is not in line with what you are speaking the world !

Musarrat Javed Feb 02, 2017 03:04pm

We all know why he was not arrested, PPP and PML-N has no power to arrest him. Still this current arrest is eye wash. When he will be really arrested it will be very tough for the govt handle.

asad Feb 02, 2017 03:13pm

Indians are rejoicing and claiming that Pakistan is pressurized by india to act and tame as per desires of india.

mansoor mubeen Feb 02, 2017 03:38pm

ridiculous. it is more than 42 months, N is in power. why blame ppp govt.

adventurer Feb 02, 2017 04:29pm

Forget about the former government, now it is your turn, do it. It will be beneficial to come to power in the next election, for good governance.

Shahid Feb 02, 2017 04:36pm

Something(s) must have changed dramatically.

KING KHAN Feb 02, 2017 05:02pm

@Parvez Well said I like your words

Tahir Nameem Feb 02, 2017 05:14pm

It is not time to play blame game. Now do your job and ban this organization.

Laloo Feb 02, 2017 05:10pm

Are you saying that you are arresting him without evidence of a wrongdoing?

LAHORI KID Feb 02, 2017 05:15pm

You blame PPP yet it took you all this time just to put him on (only) house arrest? No one wants to get in front of the media and make it official, doesn't sound like a decision made by Pakistani leadership, something smells bad here.

UD Feb 02, 2017 05:45pm

new born wisdom !

zak Feb 02, 2017 06:08pm

“The involvement of Indian army officer Lt Col Prasad Shrikant Purohit and Hindu extremist leaders like Swami Aseemanand of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the Samjhota Express terrorist incident is a matter of record and has been widely reported in the international press without any positive response from India,” the spokesperson concluded.

Yes, and..........,lets hear the excuses. Learn to apply to self what you expect of others.

FarAz_Canada Feb 02, 2017 06:40pm

Oh did the present government come into power yesterday?

Masood Hussain Feb 02, 2017 06:55pm

They are all jokes trying to humour the public Ch.Nissar and his ministry are the limit

N_Saq Feb 02, 2017 07:37pm

It is time for Pak to get serious in eradicating all terrorists, radicals and gangsters from its soil, so that the country can be brought under the purview of the law and ruled by laws.

The entities like JUD, Let, TPP, Lashkare Jahangvi, Hakani etc etc if not eliminated then tomorrow they will be challenging Pak itself, so it is important that the government writ must be imposed all over Pak no matter who is the entity. You cannot allow government within government. All and everyone should follow one law and one law only.

All institution should play their role and should not step on each others toes/territory i.e. Executive, Parliament, Judiciary, Senate, Armed Forces etc. Armed Forces should ensure protection of the constitution and press/media should play the role of a refree to ensure as not to let that happen. If the institutions are strong and can stand on their own then and only then Pak will rise.

Mike London Feb 02, 2017 07:52pm

Are you talking about the previous government in USA, because Nawaz and team been in charge for many years now.

Jibran Feb 02, 2017 08:01pm

Ch. Nisar is a total failure.

AXH Feb 02, 2017 08:06pm

PML-N has been in government for the past 3.5 years, so, why did not deal with JuD all this time?

Alla Bux Feb 02, 2017 08:33pm

Blame it on others. How long Mr Sheriff in power?

Zubair Feb 02, 2017 08:49pm

Ch. Nisar it took you more than 3 years to realize previous government's mistake for not taking action against JuD. Excellent performance.

LAHORI KID Feb 02, 2017 08:59pm

We have to keep one important fact in mind when stating our opinions "NO BAD GUY IS GOOD FOR PAKISTAN, PERIOD" If we favor and support certain elements who are considered and looked upon as bad, we are wiping away all the hard work put in by the military, soldiers who laid their lives in the process to get rid of this evil mentality that makes us all look bad. There is no good evil.

Rahul Feb 02, 2017 09:02pm

Where is the record that they asked for Hafiz Saeed arrest during previous government tenure.

Hope Feb 02, 2017 09:11pm

Since 2008 no action. This govt. is in power for last 3 years - no action.

Ebrahim Feb 03, 2017 01:05am

Where were you Mr Nisar for all these four years? This is really nonsense from the present Govt.

Chandra Feb 03, 2017 02:37am

@N_SAQ! Well said.