JuD not in new list of banned terror groups in Pak

Islamabad: The Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front organisation for LeT which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is not included in a new list of 31 banned extremist and terrorist groups released by Pakistan`s Interior Ministry.

The Interior Ministry released the list of banned organisations on Saturday as part of efforts to bar such groups from collecting the hides of animals sacrificed during the Eid-ul-Azha festival.

Hundreds of hides collected every year by members of the groups are sold to raise funds.

Though the Lashkar-e-Taiba was included in the new list, the JuD was not on it.

In the wake of the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, the UN Security Council had declared the JuD a front for the LeT. After the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani leaders like Interior Minister Rehman Malik insisted that the JuD had been banned. However, during a hearing in the Lahore High Court in 2009, a senior law officer admitted that no notification had been issued to ban the JuD.

The new list of banned groups includes Jaish-e-Mohammed and its front organisation Khuddam-ul-Islam, Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and its front organisation Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan, al-Qaeda, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Jaafria Pakistan, Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi and Hizb-ut-Tahrir.