Pakistani terrorists doing charity in Gaza, report says

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The Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, accused of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is now reportedly engaged in charity work in Gaza. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)'s Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor has found evidence that the Pakistani group's charity arms – Jamaat- ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i- Insaniat Foundation (FIF) – are active in the Gaza Strip. Tufail Ahmad, director of the South Asia Studies Project at MEMRI, told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that "the move by Lashkar-e-Taiba to establish a footprint in Gaza seems to be part of a well-thought-out jihadist strategy from Pakistan." It also "validates the global jihadist ambitions of the Pakistani jihadist groups, especially Lashkar- e-Taiba and its charity arms," he said. The founder of these charities is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a former academic-turned-terrorist leader whom India accuses of playing a role in the November 26, 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai, according to the MEMRI report, which was released Monday. Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-i- Insaniat Foundation are seen as a branch of the Pakistani Inter- Services Intelligence agency, says Ahmad, and "their presence in Gaza could pose a long-term security threat to international peace, especially because Pakistan sees its national interest in Palestine." Moreover, Pakistan's army chief Raheel Sharif "recently warned that world peace depends on resolving the Palestine and Kashmir issues," he added. On December 4-5, the charity groups' leaders organized a two- day mass rally in Lahore, where Saeed "called for jihad in support of oppressed Muslims everywhere, but especially in Kashmir," reported MEMRI.

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