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Pakistan finally appoints administrator for JuD


Lahore : Bowing to international pressure, Pakistan has finally appointed an administrator for the Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), which the UN had banned in December 2008 after receiving evidence that it was the morphed version of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group which India has blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks.

Administrator Khaqan Babar told Geo News that his appointment was aimed at overseeing the institutions located at the JuD headquarters Markaz-e-Taiba at Muridke near here, so that the beneficiaries of these organisations were not affected.

Lahore Division Commissioner Khusro Pervaiz, accompanied by other officials, Sunday visited the Markaz-e-Taiba to inspect the facilities there.

The LeT had re-christened itself the JuD after the Pakistani government banned it in the wake of the December 13, 2001, attack on the Indian parliament that India blamed on the terror group.

After the UN proscribed the JuD, the Pakistani authorities arrested key LeT leaders Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarrar Shah and are holding them in custody.

Lakhvi belongs to the Okara district of Punjab province. Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone attacker captured during the November 26-29 Mumbai attacks that claimed more than 170 lives, including those of 26 foreigners, belongs to the same area.

India earlier this month submitted a detailed dossier to Pakistan pointing to the involvement of elements from this country in the Mumbai terror attacks. The interior ministry has set up a three-member panel to examine this document

London’s Financial Times reported Saturday that the results of the investigation “are expected in the coming days. Three or four militants, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, are expected to be charged.”

“The initial charges are likely to be levelled against the militants for cyber crimes, based on communications between the militants who staged the commando-style raid on Mumbai’s waterfront hotels and their handlers,” the newspaper added.

“It’s a bit like getting Al Capone on tax charges. But at least it gets the militants in jail,” it quoted a western diplomat in Islamabad as saying.