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Monday, July 18, 2005

LeT continues to operate with impunity in Pak: ICG

(ANI): Brussels based International Crisis Group has said that the Musharraf regime had failed to curb extremist religious militants from waging Jihad in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Group's South Asia Project Director, Samina Ahmed and its media director Andrew Stroehlein, in an article in the Washington Post, said that the Lashkar-e-Toiba was a fine example of how despite being officially banned in 2002, it carried on its jihadi activities under different names.


"The Lashkar-i-Taiba is an excellent example of how the Musharraf government has failed to curb extremist religious militants. Though formally banned in 2002, Lashkar-i-Taiba has renamed itself Jamaatud Dawa and continued its activities, including the promotion of jihad in Kashmir, where it has openly claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks," the Daily Times quoted the article as saying.

They further said that Lashkar leader Hafiz Sayeed was also temporarily detained, under Pakistan Maintenance of Public Order legislation, which is much less stringent than the federal Anti-Terrorism Act.

"Lashkar leader Hafiz Sayeed was temporarily detained, but only under Pakistan's Maintenance of Public Order legislation, not its much more stringent Anti-Terrorism Act. His detention was short. rominent figures from this and other formally banned groups such as Sipah-i-Sahaba and Jaish-e-Mohammed appear to enjoy 'virtual immunity from the law'," the report added. (ANI)

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