Confusion all around

Foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam stated that Pakistan has taken the immediate action to ban the UN proscribed outfits including Jamat-ud Dawah (JuD) that resulted in freezing its assets and bank accounts. Foreign travel restrictions were also imposed on the leaders of the banned outfit. This was given extraordinary importance in the international media and particularly in our neighbouring country India that claims Hafiz Saeed, head of the JuD was the master-mind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

US claimed on Friday that it has no conformation on Pakistan’s’ banning of JuD and Haqani network. Although foreign office made it clear that the decision was not taken under any foreign pressure and it was an obligation under the United Nations. It seems hard to believe as JuD has been declared as a social welfare organisation by the previous governments. Some critics believe that the decision was the result of John Kerry’s visit to Pakistan so that he could pave way for smooth relations of Pakistan with India.

Currently, when conspiracy theories are growing, government is doing what it does best by turning a blind eye. A comprehensive statement by the interior minister Chaudhary Nisar or by the Prime Minister’s office can clear any confusion whether the JuD has been banned or not and if yes then on what grounds. It is the time of urgency; we are fighting war against terror and the government must not let the conspiracies to grow. Government should deal with the banned outfits with iron hands as it remained a practice in the past, where banned outfits kept operating; all they had to do was to change their names.

Government must not be hesitant to make the list of all the proscribed organisations public. It is tragic that such organisations are still operating in the pretext of welfare work and collecting false charity from the masses.

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