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.