16 militant groups barred from collecting animal hides in Pak

Last Updated: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 15:13

Islamabad: Lashker-e-Toiba, Jamaat-ud-Dawah and Jaish-e-Mohammed are among 16 militant groups barred by Pakistani authorities from collecting hides of animals sacrificed during the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha festival.

The federal Interior Ministry yesterday issued the list of 16 groups that are barred from collecting hides of sacrificial animals.

The other groups on the list are Lashkar-e-Jhangvi,
Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan, Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan, Islamia Students of Pakistan, Sipah-e-Muhammad Pakistan, Tehrik-e- Jafria Pakistan, Islami Tehrik-e-Pakistan, Khudam-ul-Islam, Jamiat-ul-Furqan, Jamiat-ul-Salaar, Hib-ut-Tehreer, Tehrik-e- Nifaz-e-Shariah Muhammadi and Khair-ul-Nisa International Trust.

Militant groups set up camps in cities and towns across the country to collect hides, which are later sold to raise funds.

After authorities briefly cracked down on the JuD in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the group set up camps in the name of the Falah-e-Insaniyat to collect hides even in cities like Islamabad.

The Falah-e-Insaniyat currently has a large centre in the
heart of Islamabad and operates an ambulance service in the city.

Despite the crackdown on the JuD and the brief detention of its key leaders like Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the Pakistan government has not issued any formal notification banning the group.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 15:13

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