Islamabad, Nov 6 (ANI): The Pakistan interior ministry has released a list of 31 banned organizations, excluding Jamaatud Dawa.
Most of the organisations were already in the banned list, but People's Aman Committee of Karachi, Shia Tulaba Action Committee, Markaz Sabeel Organisation and Tanzeem-i-Naujawanan-i-Sunnat of Gilgit-Baltistan have been added to it now.
The list has counted several militant outfits operating under new names as different organisations. Jaish-i-Muhammad and Khuddam-ul-Islam are two names of the same organisation. Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan and Tehreek-i-Jafaria Pakistan have changed their names to Millat-i-Islamia Pakistan and Islami Tehreek, respectively. They have been mentioned as separate entities.
Lashkar-i-Taiba is on the list but its changed name, Jamaatud Dawa, is missing, The Dawn reports.
The organisations on the list are: Al Qaeda, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Sipah-i-Muhammad Pakistan, Tehrik-i-Nifaz-i-Shariat-i-Muhammadi, Jamiat-ul Ansar, Jamiat-ul-Furqan, Hizb-ut-Tehrir, Khair-un-Naas International Trust, Islamic Students Movement, Lashkar-i-Islam, Haji Namdar Group, Balochistan Liberation Army, Balochistan Republican Army, Balochistan Liberation Front, Lashkar-i-Balochistan, Balochistan Liberation United Front and Balochistan Musallah Difa Tanzeem.
Some of the organisations operating under new names have not been listed.
Several of the banned organisations had political cover. Tehreek-i-Jafaria remained part of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal and Sipah-i-Sahaba was an ally of the PML-Q when General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was in power. (ANI)