Pakistan’s decision to ban the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is farcical. The same organisation had been banned twice earlier, in 2008 and again last year. How many more times can the same organisation be banned? In this interview with SNI, Prem Mahadevan, a well known Switzerland based researcher and analyst on international terrorism, says that the activities of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (the parent of the JuD), are currently “on hold” because it is now recognised for what it is. The Jaish-e-Mohammad is relatively less known and gives Pakistan deniability. Mahadevan believes that diplomacy backed by covert strikes, perhaps in Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK) are a better alternative to overt strikes. But he acknowledges that public anger may leave the government with no option but to carry out an overt strike.
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