LAHORE - Dozens of police commandoes are still guarding Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, chief of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), who faces “security threats” in the Punjab province, a senior police officer confirmed to The Nation on Thursday.

The Foreign Office claimed on Thursday that the assets of all banned outfits, including JuD, had been frozen. The announcement came days after the federal government decided to ban the Haqqani Network, Jamaat-ud-Dawa and 10 other organisations.

“We have not received any instructions from the provincial government regarding the withdrawal of police guards. Some 40 police commandoes are on Hafiz Saeed’s guard to provide security cover to him,” the officer said who preferred his name not be mentioned. He further revealed policemen were deployed at the residence of Saeed and his religious school Jamia Qudsia in Lahore’s Chauburji neighbourhood.

“This (police deployment) is not meant for protocol. Cops are on security duty because Saeed has been facing security threats since the US put $10 million reward (on information leading to his involvement in Mumbai attacks),” the officer explained.

The police commandoes also escort the former chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba during his movement in the Punjab. Official sources said the JuD chief had also been asked to restrict his movement in the face of security threats from the anti-state elements.

The spokesperson for the Punjab government was not available for his comments despite repeated attempts made on his mobile phone.

The US and India both have always considered JuD, a sister organisation of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group blamed for masterminding the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai. But JuD denies the charges, stating they are running a charity organisation and working for the welfare of mankind.

The government took action against the militant organisations without making a distinction between good Taliban and bad Taliban after the Peshawar Army Public School attack on December 16.

Apart from Haqqani Network and JuD, Islamabad has also banned Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, Ummah Tameer-i-Nau, Haji Khairullah, Haji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited, Roshan Money Exchange, Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust.

The Haqqani Network, founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani, has been blamed for some of the most heinous attacks on the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. It was designated as a terrorist organisation by the US in September 2012.