While the Pakistan has been denying its support to terrorism, the government of Punjab province has allocated huge amount in its budget for fiscal 2013-14 for the terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) front.
An aid of over Rs 61 million for the JuD centre Markaz-e-Taiba on behalf of the Punjab government clearly showed that the country has direct link with the terror outfits. Besides the support, the provincial government has allocated Rs 350 million for setting up a knowledge park at the centre and other developmental works.
The JuD centre is located at Muridkay on the outskirts of Lahore. The outfit’s chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed is the US’ most wanted terrorist. He still lives freely in Pakistan despite 10-million dollar bounty offered by the US.
While presenting the budget in the Punjab Assembly yesterday, Finance Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said that the PML-N government will set up a knowledge park in Muridkay.
The announcement came after the UN Security Council declared the JuD “a front” for the LeT that was behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. This is not the first time the Punjab province of Pakistan has lent its financial support to the terror organisation. Earlier, the government had provided more than Rs 82 million for the administration of JuD facilities in 2009-10 fiscal, allocated Rs 79.77 million for six organisations at Markaz-e-Taiba and a special grant-in-aid of Rs 3 million for the JuD’s Al-Dawa School System in 2010-11.