`Saudi charity funds al Qaeda linked Pak terror outfits`
Last Updated: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 18:30
Lahore: A Saudi Arabian charity believed to be a front for al Qaeda has provided USD 15 million (55 million dirhams) to extremist groups in Pakistan for carrying out terror attacks, according to a secret report prepared by Pakistani police.

A major chunk of the funds provided by the Al-Haramain Foundation went to the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, said the report prepared by the Crime Investigation Department. The Al-Haramain Foundation has been banned by the UN Security Council for its links to al Qaeda.

According to the CID report, Hakimullah Mehsud, the successor to slain Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, has vowed to avenge his killing in a US drone attack in August. "The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan is likely to strike major cities of Punjab," said the report.

The report further said, "The joint plans of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan are to target Shias. The plans are meant to avenge the recent killing of a top Sipahe-e-Sahaba Pakistan man in Karachi.

"The new Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud and his cousin Qari Hussain Ahmed have strong anti-Shia views and ties with the (banned) Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammed."

The report said activists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Mohammed have decided during a meeting held in Bahawalpur on August 28 to avenge the recent killing of Sipah-e-Sahaba chief Allama Ali Sher Hyderi.

"The arms, ammunition and explosives had been shifted to some unknown location in Punjab from Dera Ismail Khan on August 27 for this purpose," the report said.

Hyderi was killed along with his bodyguard by unidentified gunmen in Sindh province last month.

The federal Interior Ministry has issued a circular that directed law enforcement agencies to enhance security at offices of the police force and intelligence agencies, government buildings and offices and residences of foreign nationals in Punjab province.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 13, 2009, 18:30

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