Islamabad [Pakistan]: Leaders of proscribed terror outfits including Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat’s (ASWJ) Aurangzeb Farooqi, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) co-founder Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Chief Siraj-ul-Haq were recently seen dinning with officials of Muslim World League, in Islamabad.
According to media reports, two office bearers of ASWJ met deputy secretary general of the Muslim World League at a meeting hosted by head of another banned outfit Ansar ul Ummah in Islamabad.
Following the meeting, some media reports criticised the Federal Interior Ministry for failing to take any action against the banned outfits who continued their activities despite Pakistan imposing a ban on them for involvement in terrorism.
“They were not only encouraged to hold public meetings, but now they were allowed to host foreign officials in Islamabad. Neither the government lodged protest with the Saudi embassy over meeting of a Saudi official with the banned terrorist outfits’ leaders nor took any action against the banned outfits’ leaders,” said AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA), an Iranian online news aggregator.
The Muslim World League is an NGO based in Makkah, Saudi Arabia that propagates Islamic teachings specifically Wahhabism, a religious movement or branch of Islam widely described as “ultraconservative” and “austere”.
On the other hand, Maulana Aurangzeb Farooqi, who heads the Karachi chapter of ASWJ, has often been accused of spreading religious hatred.
Saeed is wanted by India and the United States for his alleged role in masterminding the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai that claimed 166 lives.
He even carries a bounty of 10 million USD (approx. Rs 66 crore) on his head for his role in the attack.
Pakistan claims to have banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), but following the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2002, it re-emerged as Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD). The United States has designated the JuD as a front for the LeT. (ANI)