Ban on JuD is in lime light not only in Pakistan but across the world. India and US are closely watching Pakistan reaction against banned outfits.
The JuD, widely considered as a charity front for the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), operates widely across Pakistan and has been hailed of late, for its response time to the 2014 floods, and the IDP crisis following Operation Zarbe Azb in North Waziristan. Saeed lives in Lahore, with a heavy police presence at his guard.
Following the foreign office announcement, a JuD spokesperson brazenly announced that the “charity work” of the organisation would continue, citing the support of the judiciary and continuing to hold that the JuD had no links whatsoever with LeT. As the National Action Plan swings into effect and efforts are in full force to gather public support, this would be a terrible time for the JuD to be seen as a “martyr” organisation, having to sacrifice all its “good work” because the government gave in to international pressure. In the enormous vacuum that the government has itself created with regards to social work, it would not be difficult for the JuD to turn the sympathies of the public squarely in its favour. And that would in turn, unravel the official narrative the government is finally building against terrorism. Now Pakistan will have to prove that it really committed to take down all the terrorist links whether they are operating in Kashmir or Pakistan.