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JuD key player in flood relief ops in Pakistan

Source: PTI
August 04, 2010 12:34 IST
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Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front for the Lashker-e-Tayiba, has emerged as a key player in relief operations to aid the people affected by the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.

The JuD, declared as a global terrorist group by the the United Nations, has sent relief goods worth over Rs 5 million to flood-hit areas, despite claims by Pakistani authorities about restrictions imposed on the outfit.

The JuD, under its new name Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, on Wednesday dispatched 10 trucks with relief goods to flood-affected areas in southern Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid told mediapersons that 2,000 activists were participating in relief activities 'along with the Falah-e-Insaniyat organisation' in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces.

Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation chairman Hafiz Abdur Rauf and JuD leaders Amir Hamza and Yahya Mujahid said medical teams comprising doctors and paramedical staff had also been sent to the affected areas.

They said Falah-e-Insaniyat workers in Sindh had also been alerted following flood warnings. Hamza claimed that the intensity of floods in Pakistan increased after India purportedly released waters in rivers flowing into the country.

He claimed that if India is not stopped from constructing dams on shared rivers, Pakistan will have to face such devastation. JuD is a front for Lashkar-e-Tayiba, the group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead.

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