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India welcomes ban on terrorist groups in Pak

August 06, 2009 16:17 IST
Welcoming the ban on terrorist organisations in Pakistan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said India expects Islamabad to fulfill its commitment to take action against perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks, including Hafeez Saeed.

"Pakistan should also act on its commitment to dismantle the terror infrastructure on their soil," Tharoor said outside the Parliament.

The government of Pakistan on Wednesday banned 25 religious and other organisations, including the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashker-e-Tayiba. 

India has been demanding action for a long time against the JuD, LeT and JeM, which it blames for carrying out several attacks on Indian soil, including the Mumbai terror attacks and the 2001 assault on the Parliament.

The Pakistani government has linked a majority of the banned groups to terrorist attacks and suicide bombings in Pakistan.

While presenting a list of the banned organisations in the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistani Parliament, the Interior ministry stated that the Sunni Tehrik had been put on a watch list.

Organisations included in the list of outlawed groups include JuD, LeT, JeM, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariah Muahammadi,  Al-Akhtar Trust, Al-Rasheed Trust, Tehreek-e-Islami, Islamic Students Movement, Khair-un-Nisa International Trust, Islami Tehreek-e-Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Islam, Balochistan Liberation Army, Jamiat-un-Nisar, Khadam Islam and Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan.

Pakistan banned the JuD after the United Nations Security Council declared it a front for the LeT in December last year. The LeT and JeM were banned by the country in 2002.

Source: ANI