Ban on JuD: Army to discuss matter in review meet; police tight-lipped

Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: The army Friday said that it will soon discuss the possible impact of Pakistan’s move to ban the Jammat-u-Dawa (JuD) on the Kashmir situation .
“We can’t tell right now how this development will affect the security situation in J&K. Everything will be clear after the matter will be discussed in the (monthly) security review meeting as all agencies will be available for inputs on the issue,” army spokesman, Col Brijesh Pandey told Kashmir Reader.
The state police, however, refused to talk over the issue.
Some police and army officials who spoke to Kashmir Reader on the condition of anonymity said the ban would have “no bearing” on the overall security situation in Kashmir.
“JuD’s sister organization Lashkar-e-Toiba is already banned here,” a senior police officer said. “According to our figure 50 to 60 Lashkar militants infiltrate to this part each year. The militancy is already low. Hence, as such it would not have any bearing on Kashmir’s militancy situation.”
The police official, however, said JuD’s activities would be restricted in Pakistan to a large extent. “Their say would come to an end in Pakistan,” he added.
Pakistan foreign office on Thursday had said that action against JuD was taken after United Nations banned the organization. Media reports infer that this is a precursor to a formal ban on groups such as Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Haqqani Network.
As per media reports the Pakistani government is reluctant to speak about ban, but government officials in private say the development has occurred as part of the progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism.