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Lashkar outfit to blast victims' rescue

Source: PTI
February 20, 2007 18:11 IST
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An organisation established by Lashkar-e-Tayiba founder Hafeez Muhammad Sayeed has set up a mobile operation theatre at Pakistan's side of the Wagah border to treat passengers injured in the blasts in the Delhi-Attari special train.

The Jamaat-ud Dawa, which acquired prominence doing relief work in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, set up a mobile operation theatre at Wagah to treat injured passengers returning from India, media reports said in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Blasts in the Lahore-bound train near Panipat in Haryana had killed 68 people, mostly Pakistanis.

The Jamaat-ud Dawa also kept 15 ambulances ready to ferry the injured, reports said.

The JUD was banned by the United States and kept under watch by the Pakistan Interior Ministry for its alleged links with the banned Lashkar-e-Tayiba.

Pakistan declined to ban the JUD even after the US proscribed it saying that it will not take action unless the group is listed by the UN Security Council's Sanctions Committee.

Sayeed, who was released after few months of detention last year, regularly addressed congregations in Lahore denouncing President Pervez Musharraf's policies of moderation as well as the Indo-Pak peace process.      

The News reported that US efforts to place JUD on the sanction committee's list of terrorists have so far failed as 'Pakistan's time-tested friend China' put the request on technical hold, demanding substantial evidences.

The paper also quoted Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam as saying that the Dawah is on the US foreign terrorist organisation's list but not on the UN list.

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