Jamaat-ud-Dawa Collects Funds For Jihad Against India & US From PoK Mosques4 February 2010
The Economic Times
New Delhi: Pakistan appears far from taking the 'few steps' sought by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to bring the 26-11 perpetrators to book. Not only has the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a reinvented version of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and a UN-proscribed outfit, been freely organising public meetings, training conventions and protest marches across Muzaffarabad, Karachi and Lahore, but LeT has even taken to collecting donations for jihad from mosques in PoK. According to sources in the security establishment, JuD has of late stepped up its activities by floating legitimate fronts and 'charitable-educational trusts', though with the underlying mission of realising its central purpose of waging jihad against India and 'anti-Muslim' nations like the US. For instance, JuD, on January 18 this year, organised a one-day training and educational convention at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The main speaker at the convention was JuD deputy amir, Abdul Rehman Makki. Of course, an advertisement regarding the convention, published in the periodical Jarrar, mentioned Makki as chairman of the Jamia Al-Dirasat Al-Islamic Trust. The JuD has initiated measures to register this trust as a co-educational academic institution. That the purpose of the January 18 convention had nothing to do with education was clear from the speeches made by the JuD leading lights - Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor, head of JuDís Dawat and Islah wing; Maulana Mubasshir Ahmed Rabbani, JuD trainer and scholar; Mian Yahya Bhatti, head of JuDís finance wing; Abdullah, senior JuD functionary and Maulana Mahmood Al Hassan, Sheikh Ahle Hadis of Jamia Sitara Al-Islamia. The speakers repeatedly warned the US of dire consequences for its 'anti-Afghanistan and anti-Pakistan activities' and advocated 'jihad against India and the US for the welfare of Muslims.' Another front organisation of JuD, Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Hurmat-e-Rasool (TTHR) recently organised a protest march in Lahore over the decision of a Norwegian paper to reprint Danish artist Kurt Wewstergaardís controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammed. Led by TTHR convenor, Maulana Ameer Hamza, the protest was dominated by JuD functionaries such as Aijaz Ahmed Choudhary, Qari Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Maulana Yousuf Ahar, Mohammad Yahya Mujahid, Maulana Hussain Siddiqi and Maulana Idris Farooqi. The JuD, apart from furthering its jihadist agenda in the garb of social and welfare activities, is also coming upfront to back the Kashmir cause. Its J&K solidarity conference, timed on the eve of Kashmir Solidarity Day observed on February 5 every year in PoK and Pakistan, was held on Thursday at Neelem Valley Hotel in Muzaffarabad. According to pamphlets asking people to come in large numbers to the conference to 'boost JuDís efforts for the liberation of Kashmir,' Amair of JuDís PoK chapter, Abdul Aziz Alvi, asserted that 'India cannot suppress the Kashmiris as well as the mujahideen, who are fighting for their freedom and for the completion of Pakistan.' Incidentally, even as JuD takes centrestage in pushing the jihadist agenda in the garb of legitimate welfare activities, Lashkar-e-Taiba remains active in PoK and is openly collecting funds for jihad from mosques in Mirpur and Kotli. What is more shocking is that the LeT is even issuing receipts against the donations. Donation boxes of LeT with 'Lashker hai to sab kuch hai' (we have everything as long as Lashker is there) written in Urdu and decorated with a small LeT flag have been found placed inside the mosques.