Withdraw Sanctions on Jamaat-ud-Dawah
Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) is a Pakistan based renowned welfare organization which is involved in relief and assistance works. It played a central role in relief and reconstruction work after the devastating earthquakes in Azad Kashmir in Oct 2005, and in Balochistan, Oct 2008. Even the United Nations has acknowledged its efforts in this regard and has registered it as a non-governmental relief organization. JuD is not a terrorist or clandestine organization. It does not consider taking of innocent lives to be right in any way, and this has always been its stance, in the past too, as well as in the present. But the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), on India's formal request for declaring JuD as a terrorist outfit accusing it of involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks (26-29 November, 2008), has made a case against JuD. If US or India had any evidence against JuD, they should have brought it forth but no evidence has been presented so far, and instead, India took its accusations to the UNSC, which quickly imposed sanctions against JuD. UN sanctions against JuD, only one day after India’s demand, are a clear proof of bias, malice and enmity towards Islam. India never lets any opportunity of negative propaganda against Pakistan pass by. In a move sought by India and the US, the UNSC panel preserving their dictation declared that the charity JuD is a front for the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and subjected it to UNSC sanctions on terrorist organizations. The fundamental principles of righteousness and justice had been overlooked in imposition of sanctions against JuD. It is an established principle throughout the world that no sentence is passed in any court of law without giving the accused an opportunity to clarify the charges against them and to present their point of view, yet it is highly regrettable, that an august body such as the UNSC, which has been charged with the momentous and solemn responsibility of establishing peace and security in the world, would deem it unnecessary to hear the point of view of the accused party, and impose sanctions solely on the basis of the plea coming from a party already well known for its prejudice and propaganda against the accused party. India holds a personal grudge against Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Head of JuD, and is always on an attempt to malign his name because he always exposes Indian conspiracies against Pakistan and speaks about issues like Baghliar Dam and other problems caused by India for Pakistan. India blames JuD after every incident so that it can stop the charity from carrying out its active and effective relief and humanitarian activities. Pakistan, under international pressure, has started crack down on the Islamic charity after UNSC’s declaration of the group as being a front for the group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the Mumbai terrorist attacks, despite the fact that India has not shared evidence from its investigation of the attack (as the government itself claims.) Imposing sanctions against and arresting members of JuD, an organization which advocates peace and harmony and clearly distinguishes between terrorism and religion while working for and calling people to Islam is a mere attempt of creating unrest and turmoil in Pakistan. It is a direct attack on Islam, Pakistan, and Islamic organizations; the government and people of Pakistan need to take serious measures to counter Indian propaganda. It’s time for the Pakistani media and public to play efficient and effective role in countering US-Indian conspiracies and propaganda against Pakistan and raise a strong voice in exposing the malevolent, malicious, and anti-Islam/Muslims sanctions of the UNSC. Please contribute to stop this propaganda war from continuing further and stop US, India, Pakistan Governments as well as UNSC from carrying on an unjust decision and action that will deprive millions of the beneficiaries of the charity organization from the welfare and relief favors it is extending on a large scale.