13 years after 26/11: Lashkar is collecting donations in the Middle East, Europe

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Thirteen years after the terrible slaughter of Nov. in Mumbai, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa of mastermind Hafiz Mohammed Saeed has been transformed into several front organizations. The group is spreading its global presence and engaging in philanthropic activities that attract enough funds and clients to worry Indian security agencies.

Recent intelligence reports warn that JuD and its wing, the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, have stepped up their activities in Pakistan’s Punjab Province by mobilizing cadres from Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and JuD to raise funds and recruit cadres.

This is happening in spite of the increasing pressure of the Financial Action Task Force (the global counter-terrorism financing regulator) on Islamabad in recent months to take action against JuD and its affiliates.

JuD is the parent organization of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, which was founded in 2008 for the insidious strike of November 26th. was responsible in Mumbai.

A dossier prepared by security agencies says that JuD and its partners like FIF are not only actively organizing events under the guise of philanthropic activities, but also spreading their global terrorist financing and logistical support footprint against India.

A number of events have been organized by senior LeT and JuD leaders in recent months, including a medical camp at Kamonki in Gujranwala on Aug.

On November 12th, Hafiz Abdul Rauf, chairman of the FIF, delivered a sermon to Markaz Al Qadsia of JuD in Lahore. On October 29th there will be another event entitled Jamana fitn ke war, was approached by Rauf and other high-ranking JuD functionaries. LeT and JuD officials like Naveed ur Rehman Yazdani and senior leaders like Talibur Rehman, Abdul Gaffar and Abdul Gafoor are said to have attended these gatherings, which drew thousands.

In the past, Saeed has used these platforms to spread anti-Indian rhetoric targeting Kashmir in particular.

According to intelligence reports, LeT has teamed up with other terrorist groups to form global rings. One such example is the attempt to alleviate the plight of the Rohingya and support the khalistani extremism.

The global rings are led by Saeed and Abdul Rehman Makki, a security official said.

LeT’s traces have been observed in the Middle East and Europe, where it uses its networks to raise funds for the group’s militant and humanitarian activities.

The arrest of Muhammad Usman Muhammad Ayub, a Pakistani LeT terrorist, from Malaysia on October 25, 2018 demonstrated the global reach of LeT. The group used Southeast Asian countries as a base to conduct financial transactions, obtain logistical support and recruiting new recruits.

A year later, another Pakistani national was arrested in South Korea on suspicion of being an active LeT cadre, while another activist was arrested in the US in February 2019 while traveling to Pakistan to join the LeT.

LeT was banned by India as a terrorist organization in 2002. The US banned it on December 26, 2001; Great Britain on March 30, 2001, while the United Nations banned it on May 2, 2005, with changes in subsequent years. On December 10, 2008, the UN also banned Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and his aide Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.

In 2012, the U.S. offered a $ 10 million bounty for Hafiz Saeed, listing Makki as a specially designated citizen, offering a $ 2 million bounty.

By the way, JuD and FIF were banned by the Pakistani Ministry of the Interior in 2019.

The move came after Islamabad drafted its national action plan to counter terrorist activities and promised action against individuals and organizations identified as terrorists by the UN Security Council.


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