Pakistan continues crackdown on JuD

December 13th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Dec 13 (IANS) Pakistan’s law-enforcing agencies Saturday continued their countrywide crackdown against the Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD), proscribed by the UN Security Council in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.Reports said that 11 more arrests were made from different parts and almost all offices of the JuD had been closed down either by the security agencies or by the JuD itself.

An interior ministry official said three out of four men who came under sanction by the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee Wednesday - Muhammad Saeed a.k.a. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Muhammad Ashraf Arian, and Mohmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq - were apprehended, while the agencies were conducting raids to arrest Arian, an important member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

However, media reports said Arian had died some six years back. A report by GEO television quoting his close relatives said Arian died during his arrest in jail in 2002 after he was picked up from his home from interior Sindh.

Arian’s family migrated from Indian Punjab to Sindh in 1947 during the partition and since then was living there. His family members said security officials had raided their house and they were shown his death certificate issued by jail authorities.

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