Lahore: Mumabi terror attack accused Hafeez Saeed run Jamaat-ul-Dawa has created an offshoot Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) to circumvent the ban on collection of donations in Pakistan and are collecting aid with police doing nothing to stop them.
Moreover, Saeed and his son Hafiz Talha Saeed have also been making speeches and collecting donations at mosques in various parts of the city all during Ramadan, the The Express Tribune daily said.
"The police are doing nothing to stop the FIF, an offshoot of Jamaat-ul-Dawa(JuD), from seeking and collecting charity ahead of Eid even though the Jamat has been banned as a terrorist organisation and is forbidden to collect donations," it said.
On August 5, the Interior Ministry issued a list of 25 banned organisations including the JuD that are not allowed to collect donations.
"As in the past, the JuD has been able to circumvent the ban simply by changing its name," the daily said.
The group is a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.
The FIF camps fly the black-and-white striped JuD flag and sport banners seeking aid for "the flood-affected and other needy people".
The collection camps advertise a list of suggested donations for the flood-affected, including Rs 4,000 to feed a family for one month, Rs 50,000 to run a dispensary for one month, Rs 700,000 for an ambulance, Rs 50,000 for a one-day medical camp, Rs 10,000 for a hand pump, Rs 3,800 for a sewing machine, Rs 3,000 for iftar, Rs 100,000 to build one room, and Rs 600,000 to Rs 1.5 million for the construction of a mosque, the daily said.
There are two FIF camps on The Mall, one at Dharampura, one at Moon Market Iqbal Town and one at Shadman Market, collecting money as well as donations of flour, rice and clothes.
The group`s leaders had unofficial permission from the Punjab government to set up these camps, JuD sources were quoted as saying.
"We`re not concerned about police raids," said one JuD member. "We`ve been running the camps all through Ramadan and they have been very successful. Ramadan is usually the best month for donations."
Talha, an activist of the JuD at one of the camps, close to the office of the capital city police officer (CCPO), Lahore told the daily that they had never been stopped by the police from collecting donations, but volunteers had been instructed by senior JD members not to use loudspeakers or the JuD name at the camps. He said they were collecting Rs 100 per head as fitrana.
"Its activities are under observation, but the police have not been instructed to stop it functioning," Lahore Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Shaukat Abbas was quoted as saying.
He said the FIF was a legitimate organisation and not banned. He agreed that the FIF was a JD offshoot, the daily said.