Pakistan Hails UN for Listing Jamaat-ul-Ahrar as Global Terrorist


The Security Council's Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee last night added Jamaat-Ul-Ahrar (JuA) to the terror group Islamic State and Al-Qaida Sanctions List.

Earlier, this terrorist group was responsible for the Easter Sunday attack on the Gulshan-e-Iqbal amusement park in Lahore, where the death toll crossed hundred.

The government had called for an worldwide ban on the organisation after which the 1627 Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council designated the outfit.

By adding the name of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar to the list of terrorist groups, the bank accounts of this group will be frozen, and members of the group will be banned from traveling and the sale of weapons to this group is banned.

JuA has not yet commented on the United Nations decision.

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Pakistan often claims that Jamaat-ul-Ahrar operates from neighboring Afghanistan.

Military officials allege the Afghan intelligence agency is backing JuA extremists in plotting the violence and cross-border raids on Pakistani security forces.

The latest statement by the ministry of foreign affairs of Pakistan comes as both Kabul and Islamabad claim that the terrorist groups are having safe havens and freedom of movements on both sides from where they plan and coordinate attacks.

In April, the Pakistani military announced the capture of Ehsanullah Ehsan, a central leader and JuA spokesman.