Pakistan likely to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Parent body of Mumbai terrorists
Acting under intense pressure from USA and also from India to act strictly against Mumbai perpetrators, Pakistan has given indication that it will ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of the Lashkar-eTaiba. India has demanded the custody of the 20 people arrested in Pakistan.
Islamabad has also assured the world body that all training camps of Lashkar-e-Taiba or any entity of this nature would not be allowed on its territory.
The undertaking given by Pakistan's ambassador to UN Abdullah Hussain Haroon came after India had sent a formal request to the council to put sanction on JUD and its leaders.
Addressing the council during a debate on terrorism, where the Mumbai carnage was in focus, Haroon said that moves would be set into motion to freeze assets of the JUD, if the council puts sanctions on the outfit.
"After the designation of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JUD) under (resolution) 1267, the government on receiving communication from the Security Council shall proscribe the JUD and take other consequential actions, as required, including the freezing of assets," he said.
He told the council that Pakistani authorities had already initiated investigations on its own pertaining to allegations of involvement of its citizens and entities in the Mumbai attacks.
India's junior foreign minister E Ahamed told the UN that it should "proscribe" Jamaat-ud-Dawa, believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba.
India has blamed Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attacks.
Pakistan says its forces have raided a camp used by Lashkar-e-Taiba and arrested two leading militants.
But it also said it would not be handing the militants over to India.
Mr Ahamed said had requested the UN Security Council "to proscribe the Pakistani group Jamaat-ud-Dawa since it is a terrorist outfit".
"All those who were in any way responsible for the Mumbai terrorist attacks, wherever they may be, should be brought to justice," he said.