Banned outfits start collecting 'jihad' donations

Outlawed organisations have circulated videos and brochures, asking people to help the mujahidin

News Desk June 02, 2017
A file photo of militants. PHOTO: FILE

Outlawed organisations allegedly supporting those who're fighting in Afghanistan and other regions, have once again started collecting donations in areas across the country.

According to a BBC Urdu report, banned organisations have circulated videos and brochures, asking people to help the mujahidin. One of the videos, which has apparently been shot in a mosque of a far flung area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, invites people for jihad and helping Afghan fighters.

K-P’s information minister Mushtaq Ghani, has, however, denied that such a campaign was being run, and said there was no information of such events taking place at the provincial level.

Similarly, a letter circulating on social media appeals the people to help the Taliban in Afghanistan. The letter is addressed to a mosque in district Zhob, Balochistan, appealing for donations on Friday for mujahidin. According to the imam of the mosque, contributions are collected to help the mujahidin.

Analysts say such an activity is seen after a long time.

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A professor carrying out research on terrorism, Khadim Hussain said the campaign has been started in various areas by banned outfits.

The money collected, he said, is used to attract people towards these organisations, and the government is apparently not taking any steps to stop the campaign.

Professor Hussain added that a lack of strong civil institutions is felt because though the army has achieved its targets through military operations, those associated with these organisations easily get mixed in civil population.

Analyst Brig (retd) Mehmood Shah said it seemed the government was not paying due attention as such campaigns, which earlier could be seen in Peshawar and other big cities, were suspended after successful action against the outlawed groups.

Experts say that as the military targets have been achieved, it was now time for civil institutions like the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) to ensure such elements do not regain a foothold.


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