[Image from GEO]
Media outlets reported today that Pakistan arrested 124 people in a crackdown “on groups allegedly linked to the attacks in Mumbai.” Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters that five Jamaat-ud-Dawa camps have been shut down and several of their leaders including Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi have been arrested. Dawn reported in its coverage:
During a press conference, he said that the camps claiming to be doing relief work, had actually been militant training camps and had immediately been shut down. It was also announced that Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s websites will be blocked and their publications will be banned.
According to the Associated Press, “Malik dodged a question on whether Pakistan was admitting militants from its soil staged the attack, saying evidence was still needed.” He did note, however, that the crackdown was in response to the U.N.’s accusation that a Pakistani charity was a front for an outlawed militant group allegedly linked to the attacks. Malik further noted that “every aspect and every detail pointed out by India regarding the accused groups would be investigated and a detailed report would be presented soon.” GEO Television cited the official who also urged India “to establish direct diplomatic channels with Pakistan for the exchange of information on Mumbai attacks instead of using indirect channels.”
Meanwhile, Dawn reported that British Foreign Secretary David Miliband reportedly “rejected” India’s demand for the extradition of ‘suspects’ of the Mumbai attacks, asserting that they should be prosecuted in Pakistan, since they broke the law in Pakistan. He told reporters, “There was no extradition treaty between India and Pakistan for handing over suspects…But I think given that we all have worked so hard for an independent, sovereign judicial system in Pakistan we should let it take its own course.” He did assert, however, “We have absolutely no doubt about origin of the Mumbai attacks. The origins are in Pakistan.”
CHUP will continue to provide details on today’s developments as they come in. For more information on Pakistan’s recent crackdown on the Jamat-ud-Dawa, click here.