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UN blacklist exposes rifts in press

Pakistani Kashmiri and activists of the charity Jamaat-ud-Daawa march towards the United Nations office in Muzaffarabad on December 12
The crackdown on Jamaat-ud-Dawa has angered many

The UN Security Council's decision to blacklist the Jamaat-ud-Dawa group has highlighted stark divisions in the Pakistani press.

Urdu-language papers voiced resentment at the actions of the "puppet" UN. One said that sanctions constituted an "attack" on Islam, while another expressed the fear that, with Jamaat-ud-Dawa now listed as an illegal organisation, the entire nation might soon be characterised as "terrorist".

A more measured reaction in the English-language press encouraged Pakistan to "fulfil its duties as a responsible member of the UN" with one paper urging Islamabad to act on its "commitment to battle terrorists with determination".


The way the UNSC has imposed sanctions under US and Indian pressure without any evidence makes it clear that the UN has become a puppet of the big powers. In this way, the big powers attack the ideological identity of Islam and by staging dramas like the one in Mumbai they intend to tighten the siege around Pakistan.


Our rulers should demonstrate courage and bravery because if the process of imposing sanctions against our people and organisations continues, the day will come when the entire Pakistani nation is termed as terrorist. Before that time arrives, we should review our policies to halt that process.


India, despite knowing that neither Pakistan nor any organisation inside it has any link with the Mumbai attacks, and despite knowing that it would suffer most from a war, has continued to level accusations against Pakistan. We believe that instead of fanning war hysteria, India should adopt a policy of avoiding war in view of the wishes and desires of its own people.


While Pakistan has to fulfil its duties as a responsible member of the UN, there is also a need for a thorough and transparent enquiry. New Delhi has falsely implicated innocent individuals in the past. Pakistani citizens can only be tried by Pakistani courts and in no case handed over to another country.


The [Pakistani] leadership must now live up to its commitment to battle terrorists with determination. We must ask ourselves whether, from the point of view of national security, it is worth allowing these groups to remain intact - or whether, for our sake and not India's, they need to be acted against once and for all.


Technically the sanctions imposed on the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its leaders do not amount to much. However, their net effect will be to put immense international pressure on Pakistan to shut down the group's operations and arrest and prosecute its leaders.


It is now the common responsibility of the political leadership in both the countries to take matters back to where they stood before the Mumbai carnage and continue their peace process to bring economic prosperity to a region which is regarded as the poorest on the globe.

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