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Lashkar parent unit Jamaat-ud-Dawa splits

July 16, 2004 14:50 IST

Jamaat-al-Daawa, the parent outfit of the banned Pakistan-based militant outfit Lashkar-e-Tayiba, has split with two senior rebel leaders opposing the leadership of its founder Hafeez Mohammed Saeed.

Some rebels have formed a new outfit called Khair-un-Nasv (Peoples' Welfare), Urdu daily Khabren reported.

Two important office bearers of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Abu Shoib and Maulana Qari Abdul Hafeez, left the outfit with their supporters after negotiations with their hardline leader Saeed failed.

The outfit has not reacted to the reports.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a close-knit organisation, was formed weeks after its previous version, Markazud-Daawa, faced a crackdown soon after the 9/11 attacks in the US and the attack on Parliament in 2001.

All the properties of the Markaz were transferred to the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its founder leader Saeed.

The daily also reported that Pakistan government has asked its intelligence agencies to keep a watch on 30 odd jihadi outfits including Hizbul Mujahideen, Al Badar, Al Barq, Al Jehad, Al Umar Mujahideen, Harkat-al-Jehad-e-Islami, Harkat-ul Mujahideen-al-Almi, Hizbul Momineen, Islam Front, Jamaat-al-Daawa, Lashkar-e-Mustafa, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Sipah-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-e-Jafria, Tehreek-ul Mujahideen, and Tehreek-e-Jehad.

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