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    December 11, 2008

    UN bans Jamaat-ud-Dawa, but will that be enough?

    Earlier today, the UN Security Council announced that Jamaat-ud-Dawa was added to its list of banned entities as part of the requirements of resolution 1822 of the UNSC. The ban on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the organization formerly called the Lashkar-e-Toiba, also extends to Hafiz Saeed, the big boss of the LeT. It is interesting that China didn't opt to play spoilsport by using its veto.

    Resolution 1373 requires all member states to "prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, as well as criminalize the wilful provision or collection of funds for such acts". Clearly, the fact that the LeT & JuD have been having a nice fun time in Pakistan implies that Pakistan violated that resolution. In addition, Pakistan did nothing to prohibit its citizens or entities within its territory from making funds & other resources/service available to terrorists or terrorist organizations. Pakistan also provided a safe haven for the LeT & the JuD.

    However, merely banning the organization means nothing. The LeT has been banned for a few years now and yet was operating & striking at will. SIMI and LTTE have also been banned for so many years now. That hasn't stopped them from spreading terror far and wide. Pakistan has been a victim as well. They claimed they'd banned the Tehreek-e-Taliban, which then blew up the Marriott in Islamabad!

    The need of the hour is to ensure that the top leadership of the proscribed organizations is taken out of the equation, by arresting them or eliminating them. The second aspect is to ensure that the morale of the organization plumbs so low that there's no motivation amongst those left over to continue the 'jihad'. More importantly, terrorists must be held up as an example for what would happen when you go astray. There needs to be a mechanism which tells folks about why they shouldn't even sign up for terrorism in the first place, regardless of the 'root causes'.

    Is the extra pressure from the US & other governments a result of foreign nationals, specifically citizens of the USA & UK, being targetted during the attacks? There've been several terrorist attacks in India over the past few years. Exactly what have we been waiting for? Was targetting foreigners the last straw? Have the terrorists & their (state) sponsors just made a very stupid mistake?

    As an aside, in a couple of days, it will be the 7th anniversary of the attack on the Indian Parliament. Any plans?

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