Banned jihadi groups get their money-trains back online: Report

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Saturday, 04 February 2012

banned jihadi groubBanned jihadi groups have seen a revival after affiliates have started opening local and foreign currency accounts to restart their money-trains, the BBC Urdu reported on Friday.
BBC Urdu reported that it had managed to obtain a list from intelligence agencies of jihadi groups, which have been banned by Pakistan, have been opening

new accounts under pseudonyms to receive funds from local as well as foreign sources.
According to the report, intelligence agencies have been monitoring Jihadi groups, as blacklisted by the Government of Pakistan.
According to the report, the funds have been traced to some groups involved in terrorist activities. They also include groups which appear to work for social welfare. However, due to their links with extremist groups, they too are being blacklisted.
Intelligence agencies have expressed their fear that following the reopening of their cash lines, these extremist groups are once again gathering momentum.
Interior Ministry sources, the BBC Urdu reported, said that as per reports from intelligence agencies, seven banned groups have been opening accounts in different banks.
The groups include Jaish-e-Mohammad, Tehreek-i-Islami, Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan, Ghazi force, Hizbut Tahrir, Jamiatul Furqan, and Khairunissa International Trust.
The reports claimed that people linked to these groups were using local and foreign currency accounts.
Those helping the banned groups include people who had been assisting the groups in receiving and transporting funds in the past.
After reviewing the reports, Federal Interior Ministry has alerted banking circles of federal investigative agencies and related authorities to collect details of such accounts from different banks, especially those with large transactions, and with foreign currencies.
Pakistan has frozen accounts of 24 banned groups, including the seven named by intelligence agencies in the leaked report.

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