Mumbai attack implicated JuD resurfaces under new ‘humanitarian’ veil in NWFP

May 14th, 2009 - 1:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 14 (ANI): The banned terrorist outfit, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), has resurfaced in the North West Frontier Province’s Mardan region with a difference and is now carrying out charity work for displaced people there, a leading British daily reports.

According to The Guardian, the JuD, which is accused of plotting and carrying out the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, has renamed it self the Falah-i Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and is offering food, medical care and transport to villagers fleeing into Mardan district, from the neighbouring Swat Valley.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa is considered to be the public face of the militant Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

According to the report, the FIF is running several relief camps in the region, one of which is located outside Sher Gur in Mardan, just a few hundred metres from the Malakand border.

The former head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s welfare wing, Hafiz Abdur Rauf, is heading the FIF’s relief work in the region.

Rauf claims the FIF is extending humanitarian support to thousands of people displaced by the Swat military offensive.

“People are very afraid and worried about what’s going on. They are terrified by the shelling and the bombardment, especially the children,” Rauf said.

Rauf told the newspaper that the group’s 24-hour kitchens had fed 53,000 people in roadside camps and in schools where people were living, adding that a fleet of 23 minibuses had transported victims from the battle zone and seven ambulances took the injured to hospital

He evaded questions on connection of JuD with the FIF, saying both the organizations were ‘different’.

“We have no political aims or agenda,” Rauf added.

Few metres away from the relief camp, a 34-year-old trader named Amjad Ali claimed to be FIF’s spokesman, confirmed that the organization certainly has links with the JuD.

“The old name was Jamaat-ud-Dawa; this is the new one.Most of my colleagues are from Jamaat-ud-Dawa,”Ali said. (ANI)

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