Legal action against JeM, JuD impossible, says Pakistan minister

Islamabad, May 18 (IANS) In a startling revelation, a Pakistan provincial minister has said legal action against militant groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was not possible as the “state itself is involved”, media reported on Wednesday.

In an interview to BBC Urdu, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, on beeing asked why action has never been taken against pro-establishment and anti-Indian militant groups in the province, responded: “By pro-establishment groups if you mean JuD and JeM, then let me tell you that they have been declared proscribed organisations and they can no longer carry out any activity in the province.”

However, ruling out the possibility of legal action against the groups, the Punjab law minister posed: “How can you prosecute a group with whom the state itself has been involved?”

India has urged Pakistan to hand over JeM chief Masood Azhar, who it has claimed to be the mastermind of Pathankot terror attack that left seven Indian security men killed.

JuD chief Hafiz Sayeed is the most wanted terrorist in India. He is believed to be the mastermind behind the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks that left over 160 people dead, including many foreign nationals.

–IANS

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