Pakistan has banned the Haqqani Network and Jamaat ud Dawa after John Kerry’s visit. This is an effort to create more legal trapping to catch the bad guys, but will the ban really be effective? Won’t these outfits just melt into splinters groups and fake charities and regroup like they have been doing all these years? At least 23 banned organisations were functioning with different names — like Jaish-e-Muhammad operating as Khuddam-e-Islam or Al Rahmat Trust.

Pakistan plans to ban 10 terror outfits, a move seen by experts as a “paradigm shift” in the country’s security policy in the wake of Peshawar school massacre. The government has also banned Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami, the organisation accused of conducting terrorist attacks in Pakistan and India. Its operational commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, was killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan in 2011. The decision came a day after the US State Department declared the fugitive chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mullah Fazlullah a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’.

The government has also banned Haji Khairullah Hajji Sattar Money Exchange, Rahat Limited and Roshan Money Exchange which were all placed under sanctions by the UN Security Council and the United States in 2012 both were being used by Taliban commanders to fund operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is the first time there has been a visible crackdown on funding sources. The Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust have also been banned for working with al Qaeda and Jaish-e-Muhammad. There also needs to be a campaign on the part of law enforcement agencies that makes it clear that anyone who associates with these groups will also be liable for legal proceedings. This cannot be just another empty treat on the part of the government. For years the US has been prodding us and poking us to get rid of the Haqqani network. Though we know the US is only a fair-weather friend, lets get at least one house in order.