Terrorist front group banned from skin tradeApril 5, 2013
Pakistani officials rule that Lashkar-e-Taiba’s front charity cannot profit from animal hides
Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charitable front group for the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, from buying and selling animal hides. The leather trade has been an extremely lucrative business for jihadist entities, particularly in Punjab.
JuD cannot collect Eid-ul-Azha hides: Pakistan authorities to court
Pakistani authorities have informed a court that the Jamaat-ud-Dawah it is not allowed to collect the hides of sacrificial animals as the group was listed as a terrorist organisation under a United Nations Security Council resolution in 2008.
The Punjab Home Department informed the Lahore High Court yesterday that the JuD was barred from collecting hides on the instructions of the federal Interior Ministry.
The instructions were part of security arrangements for the Eid-ul-Azha, when a large number of animals are sacrificed. Every year, the JuD collects thousands of hides and sells them to tanneries to raise funds for its activities.
The JuD was named a front for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba on December 10, 2008 in the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks.
In a written reply submitted to Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial, the Home Department said the Interior Ministry had issued a code of conduct for collecting the hides of sacrificial animals.
Under this code, all organisations are required to obtain a certificate from the district administration chief and the district police chief for collecting hides. It said the Interior Ministry had issued a list of proscribed organisations and said that they should not be allowed to collect hides.
Prior Money Jihad coverage of Hizbul Mujahideen, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, and Jaish Muhammad using the leather trade to fund militant operations against India is available here.