Pak floods: Govt fears militants may involve in charity work

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 22:50

Islamabad: Amidst fears of extremist groups
gaining access to funds raised for victims of the worst floods
in Pakistan`s history, Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday
said people should hand over donations only to registered
organisations.

"People are requested to donate to only those
organisations which have the permission and certificate from
the district administrations," Malik said while chairing a
meeting that reviewed the law and order situation in the
country.
The Interior Ministry said it had come to the notice of
the government that militant organisations "are likely to
involve themselves in charity work in the flood-affected
areas".

Proscribed or militant organisations shall not be allowed
to operate in the country in the garb of charity, the ministry
said.

The Home Secretaries of all provinces will constitute a
task force headed by a DIG to identify such elements and
initiate action against such organisations.

The ministry appealed to the people to inform authorities
if they come across any suspicious persons collecting
donations for the flood victims.
Banned groups like the Jaish-e-Mohammed and
Lashker-e-Taiba are already involved in efforts to provide
relief to the millions of flood victims.

The Falah-e-Insaniyat, a front for the Jamaat-ud-Dawah
that was banned by the UN Security Council in the wake of the
2008 Mumbai attacks, has set up dozens of relief camps in
Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 22:50

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