Monday, December 31, 2007
Pakistani Charity Allegedly Tied to World Terrorism
On December 18, 2007, the Los Angeles Times reported that a group formerly known as Lashkar-e-Taiba, or Army of the Righteous, and formed more than 20 years ago with the support of the Pakistani government launched attacks against India in the dispute over the Kashmir region. Here is an excerpt:
Lashkar-e-Taiba was designated as a terrorist organization by the United States in December 2001 and was soon outlawed by Pakistan. It disbanded, but its founders created another group named Jamaat ud-Dawa, which functions openly in Pakistan as an officially recognized humanitarian organization.
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Representatives of Jamaat ud-Dawa say they are running a legitimate charity, citing the group's campaign to help Pakistanis recover from a massive earthquake in 2005 and its efforts to provide social services, food, water, medical care and education. Lashkar-e-Taiba, they say, no longer exists.
For the entire article, see "Extremist group operates openly in Pakistan" in the LA Times.