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No petition received from JuD: UNSC

By Dharam Shourie in United Nations
February 13, 2009 01:17 IST
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The United Nations Security Council's sanctions committee has not received any petition from Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front for Lashkar-e-Tayiba, to reconsider the decision declaring it as a terrorist group, a top official said on Thursday.

Reports from Pakistan had said that the JUD is appealing the decision but Coordinator of Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Monitoring Committee Richard Barrett said no such petition has been received.

Lashkar-e-Tayiba is known to have been involved in the Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan government has shuttered JuD's offices after the Committee declared it a terrorist organisation.

Barrett said he plans to visit Islamabad soon to make an assessment of Pakistan's actions on shutting down the terrorist outfits and what more needs to be done.

The official said he had been in discussions with Pakistan officials on implementation of the Security Council's decision to sanction JuD and some if its leaders.

It is difficult to implement the sanctions completely, noting that the group was involved in charitable activities and running schools and clinics, he said, adding that the Pakistani government was working to ensure 'fruitful compliance'.

The Pakistan government, acting on the Security Council's decision, has shuttered all of JuD's offices, arrested scores of activists and put its leadership under house arrest.

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