KARACHI: The government of Pakistan has asked all four provinces to closely monitor the fund raising activities and media coverage of Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its relief wing Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), highly reliable sources told The Frontier Post here on Friday.
According to details these directives have been issued by Islamabad after the proposal by foreign ministry to have a close eye over and control JUD and its activities was approved by Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif, who wishes friendly relations with India.
Well informed sources said the federal national counter terrorism authority wrote a memo to the chief and home secretaries of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces on 11 September 2014, in which they were being asked to monitor the JuD and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation’s fundraising activities and its coverage on electronic and print media.
They have been asked to monitor the organization and subsequently control it while keeping in view the country’s new controversial anti terror law, the Protection of Pakistan Act (PPA) 2014 and submit monthly report on the subject.
According to reports the Indian permanent representative to the UN wrote a letter to the Chair of the 1989 (Al-Qaida) Sanctions Committee on 17 of July 2014 wherein the chair was requested to take action in order to ensure strict compliance of the provisions of the UN sanction regime. The Indian mission with its application also provided the clippings of statements of Hafiz Saeed and news of FIF relief activities which it has carried out for the flood affectees of Balochistan.
The documentary proofs provided by Indian permanent mission also contain a CD of the interview of JuD’s Chief Hafiz Saeed to private news channel, wherein he had mentioned the human contribution his organization to the Kashmir cause. According to the ministry of foreign affairs Hafiz Saeed in the TV program, named Aik Din Geo Kay Saath, allegedly claimed that over 6 to 7 thousands LeT militants had been killed in Kashmir.
Sources said when pressure was put on Pakistan through the UN, the Pakistan’s foreign ministry’s UN section prepared proposal for having a check over the activities of JuD, its chief, Hafiz Saeed and sister organization, working for the relief in flood affected areas of Balochistan, Kashmir and other parts of the country.
Meantime, the ministry of foreign affairs also wrote to Interior Minister, Intelligence Bureau and Inter Services Intelligence but no response was received, sources said. In spite of receiving no response from the important institutions, the foreign ministry proceeded with its proposal, later approved by PM Nawaz, sources said while demanding complete anonymity.
Nevertheless, India’s basic intention of highlighting this issue, primarily based upon the statement given to media by Hafiz Saeed himself, was meant to convey to the Security Council committee that assets ban against JuD was not being implemented, the ministry maintained.
The foreign ministry held that due to the importance of the matter, it was incumbent upon the Government to control the activities of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) that may constitute violation of the 1267 sanctions regime.
Sources said the matter was submitted to the Prime Minister, who happily approved the proposal that the ministry of interior and ministry of information & broadcasting may, in consultation with the provincial governments, monitor the JuD’s fundraising activities and its coverage on electronic and print media keeping in view the PPA 2014, the country’s strict anti terror laws recently approved.
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