Lahore: The government of Pakistan's Punjab province has justified its allocation of over Rs 61 million to the largest centre of the Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), saying the funds are needed to continue the services being provided to people by the facility.

A spokesman of the Punjab government said the Punjab government had taken "administrative control of the welfare institutions being run by (JuD) in compliance with Security Council resolutions of the United Nations".

"There were two purposes behind taking control of these institutions: one, no one from the (JuD) could continue its activities, and two, to ensure that local people might not be deprived of the facilities like dispensary, hospital and schools etc," the spokesman said.

The PML-N government in Punjab announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 61.35 million for the administrator of the JuD's Markaz-e-Taiba at Muridkey in its budget for fiscal 2013-14.

The budget also includes another allocation of Rs 350 million for a knowledge park at Muridkey and various other development initiatives across Punjab.

The spokesman clarified that the proposed knowledge park spread over 88 kanals has "nothing to do" with the JuD. "The proposed knowledge park has been planned as an independent developmental initiative and has no relevance with the (JuD)," he said.

(Agencies)

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