Hide and seek

 
Published: Monday 15 March 2004

Jehadi groups in Pakistan have their coffers full with collections, post-Id. The source of their earnings: some of the over 3 million hides of animals sacrificed during the Islamic festival and donated to them by citizens. The groups raked in more than us $250 million by selling these hides.

Despite a ban on seeking donations for jehad, various organisations displayed banners and posters across Pakistan asking the people to contribute generously for the 'holy war' against Kashmir and Afghanistan. Two such Islamic charities involved in the hides-for-money campaign have been termed "terrorist groups" by the us.

The Jamaat-ud-Dawa, on the government's watch-list, collected animal skins worth us $70 million last year. Workers of this group go door-to-door asking for hides. Police authorities are not able to crack down on these outfits since the organisations are known to be close to high-ranking officials.

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