India asks Pakistan act against JuD ‘in any form’

January 2nd, 2009 - 11:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) India Friday said that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa may have assumed a new name and asked Pakistan to act “in any form and in any shape” against the terrorist outfit outlawed by the United Nations Security Council in the wake of the Mumbai mayhem. “When LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) was banned, it came up as JuD. Now it has been banned. It (JuD) might have taken another name. This is the pattern we have noticed in Pakistan,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters here.

Mukherjee underlined that Pakistan has the “responsibility” of taking action against terror groups operating from its territory, as it is a party to various international conventions.

“It is the responsibility of Pakistan government to stop activities of these banned organisations in any form, in any name, in any shape,” Mukherjee said.

Alluding to various international conventions, including SAARC Convention against terrorism of 1987 and the special protocol of 2004 of SAARC countries to which Pakistan is a party, Mukhrjee said if Pakistan does not comply with the UNSC ban, it is for the international community to “take appropriate action”.

Mukherjee’s comments come a day after Indian intelligence agencies received reports suggesting that the JuD could now be functioning under the name of Tehreek-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool (Movement to Defend the Prophet) in Pakistan.

The move is reminiscent of the LeT, suspected of masterminding the Mumbai carnage, regrouping itself as the JuD after it was banned in 2002 in order to defy the UN ban on assets and travel freeze.

India sees the purported move by the JuD to revive itself under a new banner as yet another evidence of Pakistan’s lack of political will in cracking down on anti-India terror outfits which have enjoyed patronage of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI in the past, official sources said.

The JuD, which projected itself as an Islamic charity running schools and hospitals, came under the scanner after Indian and US intelligence agencies found evidence linking LeT to the Mumbai attacks.

Despite the UN ban, the JuD is running its Urdu website and its key operatives are at large, official sources told IANS. Pakistan claims to have put JuD leaders under house arrest, which India sees as another move to protect them till international pressure blows over.

Earlier on Friday, Defence Minister A.K. Antony repudiated claims by Pakistan of cracking down on militants, saying that dozens of terrorist groups remain active in that country.

“I do not think there is any noticeable change in the attitude of Pakistan,” Antony told reporters. “Statements are not important. Actions are important. They have to prove by their action.”

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