The Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the humanitarian wing of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, has been providing relief to those hit by Pakistan’s floods.
It is operating in flood-hit areas under a different name, the Falah-e-Insaniyat, after the JuD was blacklisted by the United Nations following the November 2008 attack on Mumbai, which was blamed on the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Pakistan has said it will clamp down on charities linked to Islamist militants amid fears their involvement in flood relief could exploit anger against the government and undermine the fight against groups like the Taliban.
United States Agency for International Development head Rajiv Shah toured a camp run by the Falah-e-Insaniyat on Wednesday.
Click here for some details about the overall group that, despite denials from its founders, is widely believed to continue to operate as a cohesive whole. (Photo: Supporters of Jamaat-ud-Dawa protest in Karachi on December 13, 2008 after Pakistan shut offices and arrested scores of activists of the Islamic charity as international pressure mounted for firm action against militants blamed for the Mumbai attacks/Athar Hussain)