The Punjab police were directed by the Punjab Home Department on Wednesday to take strict measures against activists of Jamaat-ud-Dawa Pakistan (JuD), an organization on the UN watch list and also accused by India of its involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Hafiz Mohammad Saeed heads the organization and has been in the business of fundraising throughout the country through the organisation’s charity wing, Falah-e-Insayat Foundation (FIF).
While giving directions to the additional inspector general of police operations in Punjab and to divisional police chiefs across the region, the home department requested for details of thhe fundraising by JuD and other enlisted organisations as the activity is illegal.
Based on the directive, JuD is striving to get funds through fitrana, zakat and sadkaats. It claimed that members of the organisations were more involved during Ramazan as they distributed pamphlets, pasted posters at various locations in Matiari Sindh, urging people to give them their charity money.
As a means of preventing the government ban on prohibited organisations getting involved in fundraising, activists of the organization asked Matirai locals to give donations to FIF.
Areas like the Madressah Umar Bin Khatab (RA) in new Saeedabad and Falah Markaz in New Hala, Matori have been selected as donation points for the fundraising.
A senior police official reported that the action was as a result of reports from intelligence agencies that monitor banned organisations. He claimed that the move should have been carried out earlier and that the provincial government had been hesitant in taking direct action against religious parties without strong basis.
“Though the international community put JuD under observation after the rumours spread by India, JuD’s charity organisation FIF was involved in a lot of welfare work in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the northern areas after the 2005 earthquake and the government gave it [leeway] for their work in the past,” he said.
He added that the government soon discovered that the charity organization was not actual face of the outfit and had chosen to investigate how the donations that were received from people were being spent.
Mohammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan Raja, Rawalpindi’s Regional Police Officer and other senior officers were disinclined in talking about the issue.
“The instructions did come through and the police implemented the government’s directions,” was all RPO Raja said on the issue.