Sadiq:     Thank God. Might be too early to celebrate but I’m going to throw caution to the winds and do just that. They’ve finally banned Jamaatud Dawa, Hafiz Saeed, the whole lot. About bloody time.

Ameen:     I’m not so sure if this is entirely a good thing.

Sadiq:     You couldn’t let me have a quiet moment to myself. You just had to say something so preposterous that it would elicit my wrath.

Ameen:     Look. Whether or not they’re an off-shoot or a front for a militant group, the point is they have done enormous charity work. The government, not even the military can compare to the kind of efficiency these guys have displayed. I interviewed a few people in rural Punjab during the floods last year. All of them told me JuD was the first response team on site. They had rescue boats, they had medical supplies, they had shelter, they had manpower. And they were organised.

Sadiq:     So, they spend a fraction of their funds on doing “charity work” to turn the public in their favour while the rest of their money goes towards, oh I don’t know, killing innocent people, building bombs, spreading terror, challenging freedom, buying weapons, executing massacres...

Ameen:     I get what you’re saying. It’s wrong. It’s all wrong. But my question is, who is going to come in and take their place? Ambulances, medical supplies, living arrangements for the Zarbe Azb refugees. That’s not the government’s checklist. It’s the JuD’s. They’ve been overwhelmingly visible and helpful at times of crisis. If the government doesn’t up its game very soon, I’m afraid the public will begin to miss them.

Sadiq:     Look, we’ll get into the problematics of the ban in a little while. Just assure me that you do not support the JuD?

Ameen:     Well, that’s a problematic question on its own.

Sadiq:     You know what? Today, I’m just going to ignore you and leave.