Jamaat-ud-Dawa defies toothless ban, solicits Ramadan fundsJuly 29, 2012
Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) is blacklisted by the United Nations as an Al Qaeda associate. JuD’s leader has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. And JuD is formally banned in Pakistan where it is based. JuD is a front charity for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the terrorist organization responsible for the 26/11 terror attacks against Mumbai, India, among other offenses.
But that international blacklisting hasn’t stopped JuD from trying to tap into the Ramadan gravy train by making recent public fundraising appeals online. Pakistan is pretending to be concerned, but Pakistani officials are really just embarrassed that JuD is soliciting donations in such a public fashion. They would prefer JuD to raise money quietly behind the scenes.
From Zee News yesterday:
‘Banned’ JuD asks for Ramadan donations; Pak mum
Last Updated: Saturday, July 28, 2012, 20:55
Islamabad: Pakistani terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) has sent out messages on social networks like Twitter and Facebook asking Muslims to give donations during Ramadan, despite an international ban.
JuD, via its official Twitter account, appealed for donations for itself and also for Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, an organisation of the terror group formed in the aftermath of the UNSC sanctions.
The group’s message on Twitter, which had a link to Facebook as well, asks people to donate zakat in any form either by cash, by donating an ambulance or by sponsoring medicines or meals for Sehr and Iftar, the Express Tribune reports.
According to the paper, JuD claims that since the organisation was not banned in Pakistan, it could collect funds.
“Everyone knows that when the UNSC placed sanctions on Jamaatud Dawa, we went to the court against the ban and the Lahore High Court had decreed in our favour, categorically saying that the JuD is not a banned organisation,” said Khalid Waleed, the chief coordinator of JuD’s political cell said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik categorically denied that any unregistered organisation was involved in such activities.
He had also vowed to take action against such organisations involved in collecting funds.