Thursday, December 11, 2008
07:58 Mecca time, 04:58 GMT      
Pakistan group hit by UN sanctions

The sanctions against Jamaat-ud-Dawa come in the wake of last month's deadly 
assaults in Mumbai [AFP]

A UN Security Council panel has said that a charity based in Pakistan is a 
front group for the organisation blamed by India for last month's deadly 
attacks on Mumbai.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa is operating for Lashkar-e-Taiba, also a Pakistan-based group, 
and is subject to UN sanctions on terrorist organisations, the al-Qaida and 
Taliban Sanctions Committee said on Wednesday.

The panel also approved the designation of four people suspected of involvement 
in the Mumbai attack as terrorists.

The men include Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar's chief of operations, whose 
arrest was announced by Pakistan on Wednesday.

The others are Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief; Haji Muhammad 
Ashraf, its chief of finance; and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier 
with the group.

The sanctions package against Jamaat-ud-Dawa came a day after India appealed to 
the Security Council that restrictions be imposed on the group.

Asset freeze

The sanctions against Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the four individuals include an asset 
freeze, ban of travel and an arms embargo.

The UN panel has designated Lashkar-e-Taiba as a terrorist organisation 
affiliated with al-Qaida since 2005, while the US and European Union also have 
sanctions against the group.

Lakhvi is among the four sanctioned by the UN EPA]
The sanctions package against Jamaat-ud-Dawa comes as New Delhi presses 
Islamabad to act against armed groups based on Pakistani soil.

The Indian government has said that individuals based in Pakistan were 
responsible for a string of co-ordinated attacks on Mumbai, India’s financial 
capital, which left at least 171 people dead.

Lakhvi was arrested during a raid on Sunday in Pakistani Kashmir, Yousuf Raza 
Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, said on Wednesday.

Pakistani authorities have also Zarrar Shah, an alleged Lashkar leader.

But Pakistani officials say that India is not supplying evidence from its 
investigation of the Mumbai attack, highlighting the tense relationship between 
the two nuclear-armed countries.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which emerged in 2002 after Pakistan's government banned 
Lashkar, runs a chain of medical clinics and schools.

Links denied

Saeed, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, said on Wednesday that his group has no link 
to Lashkar.

"No Lashkar-e-Taiba man is in Jamaat-ud-Dawa and I have never been a chief of 
Lashkar-e-Taiba," he told Pakistan's Geo television.

Lashkar is believed to have been created with the assistance of Pakistan's 
military and intelligence services as a proxy force in Indian-administered 

The UN sanctions panel also referred to a several other organisations as 
aliases for the al-Rashid and al-Akhtar trusts, which have raised funds for 
 Source:     Agencies

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