Hindus and Muslims in India hold a banner on Dec. 7 that reads in Gujarati: “Terrorists’
home Pakistan; declare Pakistan a terrorist nation.’”
(AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Despite Crackdown, Pakistan Still Criticized for Terrorist Groups’ Presence

December 15, 2008 08:53 AM
by Emily Coakley
Though Pakistan has taken action against a group linked to the Mumbai attacks, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and others say the country needs to do more.

Brown Says Pakistan Should Do More

Gordon Brown, visiting Pakistan this weekend, demanded that President Ali Asif Zardari step up antiterrorism efforts.

“The Prime Minister named Pakistan as a haven for terrorists planning attacks in Britain, revealing that around three quarters of the most advanced plots monitored by MI5 are have Pakistani links,” the Daily Telegraph reports.

Brown also pledged to give more money to Pakistan to fight different aspects of terrorism.

During a press conference, Brown told reporters: “I want to help Pakistan root out terrorism. It is right that we help Pakistan root out terrorism. … People know that what can happen in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan can affect directly what happens on the streets of our towns. I want to remove the chain of terror,” The Telegraph said.

In the wake of last month’s deadly three-day siege of Mumbai, Indian police discovered the attackers had traveled by sea from Pakistan. It appears that people who weren’t connected to Pakistan’s government used the country to organize and launch the attack.

Background: Pakistan arrests accused planners, closes charity

Pakistan has responded by making arrests and shutting down a large charity that the United Nations says is a front for a terrorist group connected to the Mumbai attacks.

Voice of America last week reported that the offices of Jamaat ud Dawa were closing by order of Pakistan’s government

Jamaat ud Dawa is well known in Pakistan, and its leaders say they run 172 schools across the country, servicing 20,000 children, Voice of America said.

The head of the organization, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, denied any connection to terrorism.

“If India or the U.S. has any proof against Jamat-ud-Dawa, we are ready to stand in any court. We do not beg, we demand justice,” Saeed told reporters at a press conference Thursday, the Associated Press said.

The UN’s accusation means the group could have its assets frozen and have travel banned for members, AP said.

Pakistani officials have placed Saeed, who is also believed to be the founder of Lashkar e Taiba, on house arrest for three months, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Officials there also arrested several men suspected of planning the attacks that left more than 150 people dead. Those arrested in Kashmir were allegedly part of the charity, according to AFP.

Those arrested included Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, who is believed to be the mastermind of the attack. The only gunman who survived the three-day siege was reportedly named Lakhvi, The Guardian said.

The attacks horrified India, which has seen several acts of terrorism this year, and led to the resignation of the home minister.

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