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Jamaat's centres still open but under 'supervision'

Source: PTI
December 29, 2008 13:32 IST
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With Pakistan imposing a ban on the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, authorities have appointed special supervisors to monitor schools and dispensaries run by the organisation, while ruling out closure of the institutions.

The government of Punjab province has decided not to close welfare organisations run by the Jamaat, which was declared a front for the Lashker-e-Tayiba terror group by the UN Security Council soon after the Mumbai attacks.

The provincial government has appointed doctors in Jamaat dispensaries and decided to retain the old teaching staff in its schools, television channels reported.

A Jamaat spokesman criticised the move, saying: "How will the government run these institutions when it is unable to run its own?"

The Pakistan government has detained nearly 60 Jamaat leaders, including its chief Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, for 90 days and closed down over 100 of its offices across the country.

However, Pakistani leaders have said the detained leaders, including Saeed, cannot be tried in a court of law unless India shares evidence against them.

Saeed is also the founder of the LeT, which has been blamed by India for masterminding and coordinating the Mumbai terror attacks that killed over 180 people.

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