ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: In a familiar trick, the banned Jamaat-ud Dawa looks set to evade the “crackdown” on it and its chief Hafiz Saeed by resurfacing as Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, a platform purportedly wedded to the Kashmiri cause. TAJK will organise events in support of jihad in Kashmir on February 5, observed as “Kashmir Day” in Pakistan, in apparent defiance of a ban on JuD’s activities and the “house arrest” of Saeed.
Just days after Pakistan announced action against JuD — with the Army saying that the action was in national interest — the organisation appears to have reinvented itself. JuD is linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, responsible for 26/11 and several other terror attacks in India.The resurfacing of banned outfits under new pseudonyms is a common practice in Pakistan and the government has not made any worthwhile effort to keep a lid on such groups that challenge the state’s authority or, in the case of JuD, act in close concert with army and ISI.
Promising to challenge the government’s move in court, JuD and Falah-e- Insaaniyat Foundation (FIF) have started activities under TAJK. TAJK banners have been displayed in Lahore at Shahdara Chowk, Moon Market and Iqbal Town. After LeT was banned in 2002, the group and Saeed were able to reinvent themselves under the banner of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Jaish-e- Muhammed was also banned on 2002. It did not take long for the group to resurface under the new name of Khuddam-ul-Islam.Omer Farooq Khan|courtesy Times of India