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Pak crackdown an eyewash, says ex-Pak minister

December 11, 2008 19:45 IST

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Casting doubts on Pakistan's "crackdown" on activists of Jamaat-Ud-Dawa (JuD) - a political arm of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Ansar Burney, a former Pakistani minister, on Thursday asked why "arrested" terrorists have not been produced in court.

He said that the Pakistan Government had permitted Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed to use a bullet-proof vehicle whereas his own security had been cut down.

Burney, a noted Pakistani human rights activitist, said though there was a ban on LeT, the same organisation with the same leaders was working under the name of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the authorities were well aware of it.

Accusing the Pakistan Government of not sincerely acting against LeT and Jamaat-ud-Dawa, he said when there was a ban on LeT, then how was Jamaat-ud-Dawa allowed to be constituted? "Where from Jamaat-ud-Dawa is getting money," he asked wondering why Pakistan Government did not pay any heed to the formation of Jamaat-ud-Dawa earlier?

Why have those who the Pakistan government claims to have arrested not been produced in court of law? he asked. He said there are training camps for terrorists in Pakistan and boys are being trained there. Pakistan should find out who provided training to the ten terrorists involved in the recent Mumbai attacks, he said.

The arrested militants should be tried by the respective Governments and stringent action should be initiated against them, he said adding that seriousness on the part of both the countries is needed to tackle the scourge. Regretting that there was "more of politics" and no solution to terrorism, he said India and Pakistan should sit together like brothers to find a solution to the problem.


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