India has demanded that the U.N. Security Council declare a Pakistan-based Islamic charity a terrorist group, saying it was a front for the militant organization it accuses of being behind the attacks on Mumbai.
India’s appeal, made late Tuesday, came as Pakistan acknowledged the arrests of two men reportedly wanted by India in connection with the attacks and as the United states said it was sending a top diplomat to New Delhi to discuss fallout from the violence and Pakistan’s response.
By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer
In a speech, E. Ahamed, India’s junior foreign minister, called on the U.N. to ban the group Jemaat-ud-Dawa, calling it “a terrorist outfit.”
India and the United States believe Jemaat-ud-Dawa is a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the militant group that India blames for the Nov. 26-29 assault on its financial capital that killed 171 people.
Jemaat-ud-Dawa — which sprang up after Pakistan banned Lashkar in 2002 following U.S. pressure — runs a chain of schools and medical clinics throughout the country and has helped survivors of two deadly earthquakes in recent years. It denies any links to Lashkar.
“The organizers, financiers and logistical providers of these terrorist attacks have to be punished,” Ahamed said. “Those who give ideological and moral support to this evil phenomenon must also be brought to justice.”