Two more pro-terror charities

April 16, 2010

The U.S. Treasury Department has designated the leaders of two trusts (or waqf endowments, perhaps?) in Pakistan for financially supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  From Agence France Presse on Apr. 15:

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury said Thursday it had imposed sanctions on two “high-profile” Pakistani trust fund chiefs allegedly linked to terrorism.

They were identified as Mohammed Mazhar, director of Al-Akhtar Trust, and Mufti Abdul Rahim, leader of Al-Rashid Trust, both Pakistani charities whose assets under US jurisdiction were frozen, the Treasury said in a statement.

Americans have also been prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them.

Mazhar was accused of supporting the Al-Qaeda terror network and the Taliban militant group while Rahim was charged with funding the Taliban.

“Today’s designation of these two high-profile financiers of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who are also leaders of Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust, further exposes those organizations’ continuing support for terrorism under the guise of charitable activity,” said Treasury under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence Stuart Levey.

Mr. Levey, I know what you mean when you refer to the groups’ “continuing support for terrorism in the guise of charitable activity.”  I’ve used language like that myself.  But in the minds of Mr. Mazhar and Mr. Rahim, there is no guise.  Jihad is a perfectly legitimate purpose of zakat money in their eyes.  It’s all written out for them in their Koran and Hadith, which is also available for analysts at Treasury to read if they’re willing to confront the true motives of our jihadist foes.

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