Jamaat ud Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba Targetted by Pakistan Government

Agencies given go-ahead to raid Daawa hideouts:More offices sealed; leaders, activists arrested; The News, December 13, 2008

By our correspondent:
ISLAMABAD: Following the UN Security Council’s ban, the government has listed the Jamaatud Daawa (JuD) in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) and directed intelligence agencies to increase the monitoring of the leadership of the outfit, sources told The News.

The government has restricted the movement of key activists and the local leadership of Daawa, sources added. A detailed list of activists and leaders of Daawa has been handed over to the police and intelligence agencies to watch their activities, they maintained.

A comprehensive crackdown has also been launched in the federal capital and the law enforcement agencies have started raiding houses and offices of the leadership and activists of the organisation.

The Islamabad Police chief has constituted various teams under the supervision of magistrates to conduct raids and hunt down activists of the organisation, sources said. Three teams of the Capital police, headed by sub-divisional police officers and supervised by area magistrates, arrested two activists of Daawa and sealed three offices in the jurisdiction of the city, the Industrial Area and the Shahzad Town Circles.

The Industrial Area police sealed the main office of the organisation in Masjid-e-Qaba in I-8 Markaz. No arrest was made from the office because it was already closed, police said. The Shahzad Town Circle police conducted a raid on the office of Khidmat-e-Khalq Foundation, an auxiliary organisation of Daawa, in Kuri Shahar to arrest district Amir Rana Ashfaq but he was not present in the office. However, the police picked up two activists from the site, Irfan and Fahd, but failed to recover any objectionable material from the office, police sources said.

The Aabpara Police team raided the residence and office of Shaukat Salfi, a key Daawa leader in Street 35, G-6/2 to arrest him but nobody was present there, the police said. However, the police sealed the house and office of Shaukat Salfi.

Our correspondent adds from Peshawar: Police were deployed at the offices of banned Jamaatud Daawa on Friday a day after the government sealed them. A total of 46 offices of the organisation were working in different parts of the province and most of them were operating in earthquake-hit areas. Soon after the government announcement banning the organisation, all the offices were closed down and some 150 workers were arrested. However, no arrest was made in the provincial metropolis.

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Also See:
Offices of Pakistani Charity Shuttered - Washington Post
Dawa offices in most cities and towns sealed: Hafiz Saeed, others in custody - Dawn
Negroponte in Pakistan as pressure mounts - AFP
Can Pakistan stop Lashkar-e-Taiba? - Los Angeles Times

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