LAHORE: Despite a worldwide ban, the Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) has sent out messages on Twitter and Facebook asking Muslims across the world to donate zakat and fitra during Ramazan.
JuD, through its official Twitter account, not only appealed for donations for itself but also for Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, an organisation of JuD formed in the aftermath of the UNSC sanctions. JuD, which is allegedly the charitable front and the political arm of al Qaeda-linked Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), had earlier disowned Falah-i-Insaniyat.
JuD's message on Twitter, which had a link to Facebook as well, called people to donate zakat in any form either by cash, by donating an ambulance or by sponsoring medicines or meals for Sehr and Iftar.
When Interior Minister Rehman Malik was recently asked about the collection of funds during Ramazan, he had categorically denied that any unregistered organisation was involved in such activities. He had also vowed to take action against such organisations involved in collecting funds.
It remains unclear whether the JuD is registered to collect funds within the country or not.
JuD, when contacted by The Express Tribune, said that since the organisation was not banned in Pakistan, it could collect funds. “Everyone knows that when the UNSC placed sanctions on Jamaatud Dawa, we went to the court against the ban and the Lahore High Court had decreed in our favour, categorically saying that the JuD is not a banned organisation,” said Khalid Waleed, the chief coordinator of JuD’s political cell headed by Abdur Rehman Makki.
Makki was recently placed on the US State Department’s Reward for Justice Programme list which offers $500,000 for evidence leading to his role in Mumbai 2008 attacks. JuD chief Hafiz Saeed is in the category of $1 million reward.
He, however, could not explain why the JuD is also collecting funds in the name of Falah-i-Insaniyat. “They are just two different heads of the same account. If someone wants to donate to JuD or Falah, we welcome it,” he said.
On Twitter, JuD has 2,188 followers and the profile says that the aims of the organisation include spreading knowledge, practicing dawah (spreading the message of Islam) and jihad.