Thursday, May 14, 2009
Banned Islamic Charity Reemerges to Help Refugees in Swat
Both the Guardian and the Independent report that a charity previously declared a terrorist organization by the United Nations Security Council because of its ties to the organization that allegedly trained the Mumbai, India gunmen is running an extensive aid effort in Swat for refugees from the Pakistani government-Taliban fighting in that region. The Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation is reportedly offering food, medical care and transport to villagers fleeing the Mardan district of Pakistan. The Foundation's leader, who previously headed the now banned charity, stated that the Foundation has fed 53,000 people in 24-hour kitchens in roadside camps and schools and is building two tented camps for 3,000 displaced families who are unable to find other housing. The terrorist organization, identified in one article as Lashkar-e-Taiba, is most widely known for having apparently trained the 10 gunmen involved in the Mumbai, India attacks last November. In the wake of those attacks, the United Nations Security Council also declared the relief wing - Jamaat-ud-Dawa - a terrorist organization.