FIRs registered against persons putting up FIF banners in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: In their crackdown on Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) in Islamabad, capital police have so far registered three First Information Reports (FIR) against those putting putting up FIF banners. One arrest has also been made.

Separate cases have been registered at Koral, Shahzad Town and Golra police stations. Golra police have arrested one man identified as Samiullah for putting up a FIF banner, violating the ban on activities of proscribed groups.

The police action came on the heels of a notification by the district magistrate banning fundraising and all kinds of social, political, welfare and religious activities of the organisations and individuals, who are on the United Nations (UN) watch list or placed under observation by the government of Pakistan.

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Fundraising and other activities by proscribed organisations and their subsidiaries have been banned under Section 144 in the federal capital.

Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan during an interview on Wednesday with BBC Urdu said the government’s crackdown on the JuD and other outfits was linked to the ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad and was not taken due to mounting pressure from the US.

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However, those affiliated with the JuD deny involvement in any illegal activity, calling the FIF an organised philanthropist group of the country. Pakistan had placed the JuD on the watch list in 2008. The UN placed both the JuD and the FIF on its watch list in Dec 2008 and March 2012 respectively.

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