If the government manages to implement its order in letter and spirit, it is being predicted that the JuD may be deprived of collecting huge sum of money which it apparently spends on 'charity initiatives'.

Last year too, the government had imposed the ban on JuD just a day before Eid-ul Azha but the group defied it blatantly especially in Punjab, a province of 90-million.

The Pakistani government had on Wednesday informed the Lahore High Court that it had imposed a ban on the JuD from collecting sacrificial hides. The federal government declared, "JuD and 45 other organizations in the country have been restrained from collecting sacrificial hides in the light of a resolution passed by Security Council of United Nations."

The government through a deputy attorney general told this to the Lahore High Court in reply to a petition filed by JuD chief Saeed. LHC Chief Justice Umer Ata Bandial directed the deputy attorney general to tell the court on next hearing whether the JuD is a proscribed organization or not.

The court adjourned the hearing till September 23. Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, in the petition argued that his organization was not a proscribed one under any law of the land.

"The impugned ban is a clear violation of the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan," he said. He said the ban was imposed days before the Eid-ul Azha last year which showed the mala fide intention of the government.

(Agencies)

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