Posts Tagged ‘Jamaat-ud-Dawa’

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Lashkar-e-Taiba raises money in plain sight

October 29, 2013

McClatchy reports that Pakistan has stopped enforcing the international ban against the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.  (We must have missed when the government actually did enforce the ban.)  The prediction that LeT and its charitable front group, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, would use the recent Eid holiday to raise money from selling animals and trading hides has been borne out.

The fundraising activities seem strong in residential areas near Islamabad which are populated by government employees.  Fancy that.

Pakistani group banned after Mumbai attack found operating openly

Published: October 17, 2013

By Tom Hussain — McClatchy Foreign Staff

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s government appears to have relaxed its enforcement of a 5-year-old United Nations ban on the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist organization, which incurred the sanctions because of its militants’ alleged involvement in the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people.

Two of Lashkar’s front organizations openly raised money this week as the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha got underway. No authorities made any effort to stop them – not a surprise, perhaps, because the groups have been known to work with the government when natural disaster strikes.

But the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate has kept a tight leash on Lashkar-e-Taiba, which the U.S. has labeled a terrorist organization, since Pakistan told the United Nations it would enforce a ban on the group and its affiliates after the Mumbai assault. The attack destroyed the significant progress the two countries had made in settling the feud that had led to two wars and four localized conflicts since the nations were created when Britain ended its colonial rule in 1947.

Lashkar’s public resurgence follows the end in August of a decade-long cease-fire between Pakistani and Indian forces along the disputed border of the mountainous Kashmir state. Since then, Lashkar and other Pakistani militant groups with a history of terrorist activity in India have made a rapid comeback.

It wasn’t difficult for McClatchy to find them in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, on Wednesday, the first day of Eid al Adha, which commemorates the biblical tale of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son upon God’s command. Abraham’s hand was stayed by the angel Gabriel at the last moment and he was instructed to sacrifice a ram instead. Muslims who can afford to now mark the celebration with the slaughter of a ram or sheep.

Lashkar’s black-and-white striped flag was clearly displayed on banners flying just 200 yards outside the residential suburb of Korang Town. Emblazoned across the banners were the addresses and phone numbers of mosques affiliated with Lashkar’s Jama’at-ud-Da’wah proselytizing sister organization. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Terror charity poised to net $5m this Eid

October 16, 2013

A hundred thousand hides sold at fifty dollars a head should yield $5 million for Jamaat ud-Dawa, a front charity for the Pakistani jihadist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.  Pakistan’s authorities have long known that militants profit from illegal leather sales (see here and here), but the government still lacks effective mechanisms (or perhaps genuine willingness) to curtail it.

From The Guardian yesterday, with a hat tip to Shreekant:

Eid animal slaughter funds Pakistan terror groups

Hides from 6m animals sacrificed during Eid sold by front organisations for militant groups

Jon Boone in Islamabad

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Huge numbers of goats, cows and even camels will be slaughtered in Pakistani on Wednesday homes to mark the Islamic holy day of Eid al-Adha.

The sacrificial offering of around 6m animals will allow families to fulfil a religious duty, guarantee some much appreciated meat handouts to the poor and provide nearly half of the annual requirement of the country’s leather industry.

It will also generate an extraordinary cash windfall for some of Pakistan’s most dangerous militant groups.

Thinly disguised front organisations have been gearing up to compete against each other and legitimate charities to collect as many animal skins as possible, which can then be sold on for cash.

“For us it is second only to Ramadan for our income,” says an official from the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF).

FIF is the charitable wing of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), itself the reincarnation of one of south Asia’s most dangerous militant groups, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a banned organisation dedicated to fighting jihad against India.

JuD has successfully fought off legal bans although many believe it remains deeply involved in militancy.

The US government has offered $10m (£6m) for information leading to the arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the group’s leader accused by some US officials of masterminding and overseeing the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Saeed moves around the country freely. On Monday, he held a press conference outside a mosque in an affluent district of Islamabad.

Surrounded by piles of food, toys and other goods that he said would be given to victims of last month’s earthquake in Baluchistan, he appealed for people to give their animal hides to JuD.

“Whatever funds we get from hides of animals we will use in Baluchistan to rebuild houses and help the people,” he said to a bank of almost 20 television cameras.

The organisation hopes to collect 100,000 hides from around the country this year. A cow hide can fetch up to $50.

Also available to buy are JuD livestock which the organisation provides and slaughters on behalf of individuals or groups who want to pool resources to share the cost.

Such initiatives have helped the organisation take market share from other charities, including the Edhi Foundation, a much-respected social welfare group.

“It’s hard to complete because they have more manpower from all their religious seminaries,” said Mohammad Rashid from the Edhi Foundation in Islamabad. “They send all their students out to the streets, to volunteer.”

Because JuD is not officially a banned organisation nothing will or can be done to stop it collecting hides.

There are fears that very little will be done to stop illegal groups from collecting hides either, particularly as many of them operate under false names.

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FATF’s terrorist charity typologies

July 9, 2013

The Financial Action Task Force, an international financial watchdog, has updated its “Recommendation 8” pertaining to government oversight of nonprofit organizations.  (Thanks to Arye Glozman who sent in a link to the report).

Overall, the revised recommendations show greater deference to the nonprofit sector and urge restraint by governments in regulating charities than the 2002 version.  This deference is a bit strange considering that using charities as vessels for funding terrorism has not decreased since 2002 then, neither in the West as illustrated by organizations such as the Holy Land Foundation and WAMY Canada, nor in the Middle East and Northern Africa where Gulf-based charities have played a central role in funding and arming Islamist rebels of the Arab Spring.

That being said, the FATF report does present a useful set of typologies to categorize four different types of terrorist “misuse” of nonprofit groups:

  1. Front charities, where everybody from the donors to the charity workers to the beneficiaries knows that the charity is a sham designed to fund terrorism.
  2. Organizations defrauding donors by telling them the money is going toward legitimate programs but then redirect the proceeds to terrorism.
  3. Branch offices of charities defrauding headquarters by misleading the leadership about the branch’s actual programs.
  4. Charity workers abusing their positions to distribute aid to militants.

The “charities” used by Osama bin Laden to funnel money from wealthy Saudi donors to Al Qaeda in the 1990s are a good example of type #1.  Jamaat-ud-Dawa in Pakistan is a good example of a front charity today, with donors and recipients understanding that the money is really for the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group.  Many analysts would probably say that the Holy Land Foundation fell into type #2, with donors unwittingly funding Hamas (although some donors knew that their zakat was funding “resistance” against Israel).  Islamic Relief Worldwide can be associated with types #3 and #4 by having a branch office in Gaza that passed money along to Hamas, allegedly without the knowledge of headquarters in England.

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Punjab province gives grant to terror camp

June 28, 2013

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province has approved a line item in its budget to give 61 million rupees (approx. 600,000 U.S. dollars) to a terrorist base camp known as Markaz-e-Taiba in Muridkey (h/t msjri).

The Markaz-e-Taiba center falls nominally under the control of the Punjabi government, but is actually an encampment for Jamaat-ud-Dawa, which is itself a front charity for the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba.

What’s so shocking is that this can occur in broad daylight.  Punjab isn’t even trying to hide it.  This is the point to which Pakistan’s “cooperation” in the war against terrorism has deteriorated.  If the U.S. and its allies are still unwilling to designate Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism, could it at least consider designating Punjab as a provincial sponsor?

From PTI via the Times of India:

Pak’s Punjab govt allocates millions of rupees for Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa

PTI Jun 18, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan’s Punjab province government has allocated over Rs 61 million in its budget for fiscal 2013-14 for the largest centre of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the parent body of banned terror group LeT that carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Besides a grant-in-aid of over Rs 61 million for the JuD’s centre known as ‘Markaz-e-Taiba’, the provincial government has allocated Rs 350 million for setting up a “Knowledge Park” at the centre and other development initiatives.

Details of the allocations were presented in budget documents tabled in the Punjab assembly on Monday by the PML-N government led by chief minister Shahbaz Sharif.

One document stated: “Grant-in-aid to chief administrator Muridkey Markaz (is) Rs 61.35 million”. The JuD’s centre is located at Muridkay on the outskirts of Lahore.

In his budget speech in the assembly, finance minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman announced that the provincial government “intends to establish a Knowledge Park in Muridkey”.

He said the government had allocated Rs 350 million for the park and several other initiatives in Punjab.

Shortly after the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, the Punjab government took over the centre in Muridkey.

At that time too, Punjab was ruled by the PML-N. Since then, the government has allocated money in its annual budget for the administration of the centre in Muridkey.

In 2009-10, the government provided more than Rs 82 million for the administration of JuD facilities.

In fiscal 2010-11, chief minister Sharif, using his discretionary powers, allocated two separate grants for JuD facilities.

The government granted Rs 79.77 million for six organisations at Markaz-e-Taiba and a special grant-in-aid of Rs 3 million for the JuD’s Al-Dawa School System in several districts of Punjab.

Officials have said in the past that the allocations were needed to continue “welfare services” provided by the JuD’s schools, dispensaries and hospitals across the province of 90 million.

In the past, the Punjab government defended its decision of allocating money to the JuD by saying the grants had been awarded for the administrator of the Markaz-e-Toiba.

There is no formal ban on the JuD and its chief, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, lives freely in Lahore despite a 10-million dollar bounty offered for him by the US.

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Terrorist front group banned from skin trade

April 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.

Authorities cited UN sanctions against JuD in 2008 as the basis for the ban. From the Indian Express last month:

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.

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Punjab animal skin trade finances terrorists

February 7, 2013

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/09/libyan-rebels-attack-final-qaddafi-strongholds/100157/

Pakistani jihadists are using money from leather sales to sponsor plots against India, according to the Hindustan Times on Jan. 26:

‘Pak terror group sold animal skin to fund anti-India ops’

The interrogation of alleged Hizbul Mujahideen spy Faroquee Ahmed Gulam Hasan Naiku, 37, has brought to the light the fund raising methods adopted by the Pakistan-based terror group for its anti-India operations.

Naiku claimed that a substantial portion of Hizbul’s fund is generated from the sale of skin of livestock, collected by volunteers at village fairs.

Sources in the criminal intelligence unit of the police, which arrested Naiku on Tuesday, said the Jammu and Kashmir resident had made over six trips to Pakistan prior to 2008. “He had even travelled by the Samjhauta Express on one occasion,” a source said.

Naiku said his Hizbul handler took him to training camps for ‘mujahids’  (terrorists), which are allegedly run across Pakistan with full knowledge of the government…

…Naiku, sources said, was taken to the stalls put up by the terror group in village fairs in the Punjab province.

“The Hizbul volunteers would collect donations from people in general. They would collect the skin of goats, sheeps and cows, which were then sold to leather industries and the proceeds would be used in funding terror in India,” the source said…

No estimates of Hizbul Mujahideen’s revenues from the sales are provided in the article, but a separate report in December revealed that Jamaat-ud-Dawa (a front charity for Lashkar-e-Taiba) and Jaish Muhammad made roughly $800,000 from animal skin sales during the festival of Eid al-Adha in 2012.  (To put that amount in perspective, the 9/11 terror attacks cost $400,000 to $500,000 to carry out.)  During the festival, “Muslims sacrifice animals to please God and donate the hides to charity,” and jihadist front charities and their sympathizers join in the mix.

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Ten biggest terror finance news stories of 2012

December 31, 2012
  1. Taliban funding remains intact despite international sanctions
    Reports in 2012 revealed that the Taliban’s funding remains intact, that none of the Taliban’s assets have been blocked by U.S. sanctions, that the Taliban retains its taxing authority over Afghans, and that the UN sanctions only 18 percent of the Taliban’s provincial shadow governors in Afghanistan.
  2. Islamic charities remain top terror financiers
    It’s questionable to even call this “news,” but understanding the role of Muslim charities in funding jihad, of which we saw multiple examples throughout 2012, is the Rosetta stone to bankrupting terrorism.  Instances of Muslim charities behaving badly cropped up, and in some cases have worsened, in both in the Middle East and in the West this year.In the Islamic world, the Saudi charitable foundation IIRO, whose branches in Indonesia and the Philippines were previously blacklisted by the U.S. for funding terrorism, is opening seven new branch offices.  In Bangladesh, the chief of the terrorist organization Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) revealed that Muslim Aid, WAMY, the Muslim World League, the Qatari Charitable Society, and the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, are among the primary donors to his jihad.  Read the rest of this entry ?
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Pakistani “charity” funds terror training camps

December 28, 2012

Pakistan-occupied Kashmir hosts rallies to enlist support for Lashkar-e-Taiba training camps.  Current and former government officials from Pakistan are involved.  Money for the camps is passed through Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic charity.  Local residents say the jihadist militants now live in luxury from the proceeds.  From HalalPorkShop via Patria Judía:

See prior Money Jihad coverage of Jamaat-ud-Dawa here.  This is another illustration of how zakat funds terrorism against “infidel” nations like India.  The 26/11 terrorist attacks against Mumbai were financed through these Kashmir jihadist activities.

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Jamaat-ud-Dawa defies toothless ban, solicits Ramadan funds

July 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.

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Pakistani jihadists use Ramadan for revenue

July 24, 2012

No surprises here.  The alphabet soup of Pakistan’s terrorist organizations (LeT, HuM, TTP, JeM, etc.) are using the laws of the Koran and the traditions of Islam to their advantage once again this Ramadan.

The one error in this article is the claim that ordinary Pakistanis don’t know the true nature of the organizations they make their donations to.  The problem is that many of them know exactly who their zakat is going to, and they understand that it supports militancy.  Otherwise, a very helpful article.  From Central Asia Online:

During Ramadan, Pakistani militants collect money for terrorism

Authorities take action, analysts say

By Zia Ur Rehman

2012-07-20

KARACHI – As the holy month of Ramadan begins, charitable fund-raising appeals are getting under way across Pakistan. But security analysts and social activists are concerned about terrorist groups posing as charities seeking to take advantage of zakat donations.

Zakat is an Islamic tradition of donating money during Ramadan to help the needy. Although legitimate charities do remarkable work, militant groups rake in billions of rupees to fund terrorism instead of helping the poor, charity activists say.

However, law enforcement made it much harder for jihadists and fraudulent welfare organisations to raise money in 2011, they agree.

Zakat collection a lucrative business

Because Ramadan emphasizes helping the poor, activists of political and religious parties, including outlawed militant organisations, do whatever they can to maximise the amount they raise, said Faizan Jalil, a Karachi-based journalist who covers terrorism.

They take advantage of the generosity of Pakistani Muslims, who annually contribute billions of rupees as part of zakat and fitrana, donations of food at the end of Ramadan, Jalil told Central Asia Online, citing various reports.

Naive Pakistanis unwittingly donate to terrorist fronts in the name of Islam and humanity, Shah Wali, an aid worker helping flood victims in Badin District, said, stressing the need to raise public awareness.

Every citizen should demand the credentials of the person seeking a donation before giving him or her money, Wali told Central Asia Online. Doing so will thwart phony organisations from receiving money and defaming Islam, he said.

Banned jihadi charities working with new names

Banned militant organisations linked with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al-Qaeda pose as charities, said Raees Ahmed, a security analyst who closely monitors jihadi organisations. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Islamic charity chief joins top 5 bounty list

April 4, 2012

The founding member of the jihadist terror organization Lashkar-e-Taiba has a new $10 million bounty on his head.  He joins only four other terrorists for whom the U.S. offers eight-figure bounties.

Voice of America reports that Hafiz Mohammad Saeed “currently heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawa charity which is largely seen as a front for the militant group.”

In that respect, Saeed is the only “charity” leader to make the top 5 list for biggest terror bounties.  VOA offers this list:

Top U.S. Rewards for Justice Bounties

  • Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida leader – up to $25 million.
  • Abu Du’a, senior leader of al-Qaida in Iraq – up to $10 million.
  • Mullah Omar, Taliban leader – up to $10 million.
  • Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks – up to $10 million.
  • Yasin al-Suri, senior al-Qaida facilitator based in Iran – up to $10 million.
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