Thursday, December 11, 2008

A quick trio on the Jamaat

China blocked move to ban Jamaat thrice.

Twice recently, and once in 2006: "Three attempts to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawah, the frontal organisation of the Pakistan-based Terror outfit LeT, in the UN Security Council were blocked by China in the past".

The Jamaat snarls

Some charitable outfit!
Jamaat-ud-Dawa’h, considered to be front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Toiba, on Wednesday warned India and Pakistan of dire consequences if banned by the Government of Pakistan under international pressure.

In spite of all that, the NYT reports that:
At the United Nations on Wednesday, the Security Council committee dealing with the sanctions list for people or groups linked to terrorism announced seven additions stemming from Mumbai carnage. They are four Lashkar-e-Taiba leaders; Jamaat-ud-Dawa and two banks that handled money for it, Al-Rashid Trust and Al-Akhtar Trust International.

The leaders are Mr. Saeed; Mr. Lakhvi; Muhammad Ashraf, the group’s top financial officer; and Mahmoud Mohamed Ahmed Bahaziq, called the leader of the group in Saudi Arabia and one of its financiers.

It will be instructive to see what Saudi Arabia does - will it expel imprison Mahmoud Bahaziq?

PS: See the US Treasury notice on the above-named individuals from May 27, 2008, in particular:

Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq

AKAs: Mahmoud Bahaziq
Abu `Abd al-'Aziz
Abu Abdul Aziz
Shaykh Sahib
DOB: 17 August 1943
Alt DOB: 1943
Alt DOB: 1944
POB: India
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
Saudi Registration Number: 4-6032-0048-1

Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq is an LET financier and is credited with being the main financier behind the establishment of the LET and its activities in the 1980s and 1990s. He has also served as the leader of LET in Saudi Arabia. In 2003, Bahaziq coordinated LET's fundraising activities with Saudi nongovernmental organizations and Saudi businessmen, and encouraged LET operatives to continue and accelerate fundraising and organizing activities. As of mid-2005, Bahaziq played a key role in LET's propaganda and media operations.