The Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) has re-branded itself under the new name of Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, days after its chief, Hafiz Saeed, was put under house arrest and a crackdown was launched on the organisation.
The Mumbai attack mastermind had indicated a week before his arrest that he might launch Tehreek Azadi Jammu and Kashmir (TAJK) to “speed up the freedom of Kashmir”.
This shows Saeed had got wind of the government plans and had worked out how to resurface after the clampdown on the JuD and the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF).
Official sources confirmed that the two organisations started activities under the new name of the TAJK and were planning to organise events on February 5, which is observed as ‘Kashmir Day’ in Pakistan.
TAJK banners have been put up in Lahore and other cities and towns. The group is also planning to hold a big Kashmir conference in Lahore after evening prayers.
The TAJK has reactivated its donation centres and ambulance services in different districts of Punjab, including Lahore, the hub of its activities.
Local media reported that even after the crackdown, volunteers of Saeed’s network participated in the rescue operation on Friday after a boat carrying 100 passengers capsized in the Ravi river near Nankana Sahib in Punjab. A police officer said law enforcement agencies were keeping a close watch on the activities of Saeed’s network. — PTI