Sunday, May 21, 2006

Jamaat Ud Dawa

The Dawn, May 3, 2006
JAMAAT-UD-DAWA: Responding to a question, Ms Aslam said the government had no intention of designating the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its affiliate organisation as terrorist entities as done by the US. However, Pakistan would be legally bound to take action if they were placed on United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee�s consolidated list, she said.

She said the US had approached the UNSC for designation of the organisations as terrorist outfits and for putting them on the committee�s list.

�We do not put any of our entities on the terrorist list if the action is taken under the US domestic law,� she said in reply to a question.

The Times of London, May 21,2006

The children, all Christians, had fallen into the hands of Gul Khan, a wealthy Islamic militant and leading member of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD), a group linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Khan lives near Pakistan�s border with Afghanistan, but when in the Punjab he stays at the JUD�s headquarters in Muridke, near Lahore, where young men can be seen practising martial arts with batons on rolling green lawns patrolled by guards with Kalashnikovs. Osama Bin Laden funded the centre in the late 1990s.

The JUD, which claims to help the poor, says that it has created a �pure Islamic environment� at Muridke that is superior to western �depravity�. Khan�s activities explode that myth. He planned to sell his young captives to the highest bidder, whether into domestic servitude or the sex trade. The boys knew only that they were for sale.