Jamat-ud-Dawa put under scanner; A total of 63 religious, militant groups in the banned list; Kashmiri resistance groups spared
Muzaffarabad: Pakistan administrated Kashmir (PAK) government has banned 63 militant and religious organizations with immediate effect.
Although frontline Kashmiri resistance groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen have been spared the ban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad outfits that are active in the Valley and some parts of Jammu have been banned.
The move comes a day after PaK additional inspector general of police Faheem Abbasi told media here that 11,000 of 18,000 Afghan nationals residing across the region, mostly in Rawalakot and Bagh, have been deported under National Action Plan adopted after Peshawar school attack in December last year.
All the 63 organizations have already been banned in Pakistan under National Action Plan adopted after Peshawar school massacre in December last year.
Excluded from the ban is Jamaat-ud-Dawa, believed to be the forerunner of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hafiz Sayeed-led Dawa earned goodwill of PaK people during the 2005 earthquake by carrying out charity and relief activities. Most of the banned groups are based in Khyber Pakhtunwa Balochistan.
A notification issued by PaK Home department said the government has approved a ban on individuals and organizations involved in “committing or promoting “acts of terrorism”.
The notification also bans incitement to hatred on the basis of religion, ethnicity or sects.
The organisations that fail to expel from its ranks or ostracize those who commit acts of terrorism and present them as heroes also come under the purview of the ban, the order said.
The order also bans the launch of an organization, banned in Pakistan, under a new name if it is suspected of unlawful activities.
Among the banned organizations are Lashkar Jangvi and Sipah Muhammad Pakistan, which are involved in a large number of murderous sectarian attacks. Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat and Tehreek Jafria also find place in the list of the banned organisations.