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Natural Disasters and the Terrorist Connection: Government needs to be on the watch!- by Aley


The recent floods in Pakistan have resulted in a colossal loss of life and property and require the government to go an extra mile for the rehabilitation of the victims. Yet a very important aspect which needs attention from media as well as the government is the terrorist connection. This may sound unusual but the militant organisations, terror groups and fundamentalist groups like Jamaat-e-Islami, LeT, Jamaat e Dawah, LeJ, etc. have thrived in multiple ways in times of calamity and disasters.

These organisations use multiple covert and overt means to exploit the times of human misery and distress caused by natural disasters for their own benefits. This calls for an extra vigilance from the state as well as the media. As the state functionaries as well as most of the people are involved in responding to the calamity these scourge of the land have an ample opportunity to operate freely.

Foremost of these activities is the establishment of Fund Raising camps all around the country in every street and every town as well as in other countries where the Pakistani community is present by their clandestine operatives. The irony is that most of the people who even don’t subscribe to the views and activities of such groups are ensnared just for the sake of helping the victims of disasters.

There is no check on such activities and nobody knows from where they crop up, one fine morning you will see the camps appearing in your nearby markets and streets and after some days these are gone. The receipts provided in lieu of cash/kind are spurious too. And how these collected funds and goods are used is anyone’s guess. In the disaster areas the most heinous activity by these groups is enlisting, with consent or coercion, of the stranded, abandoned and poor. Moreover the kidnappings of children for being trained were also widely reported in case of EQ 2005. So is the case in recovery and relief which provides them ample opportunity for propagation of their ideologies as well as recruitment of unemployed and distressed. The welfare faces of these bandits also provide them a perfect disguise for monitoring and conducting surveys of their potential victims and targets. This connection becomes of particular importance in the present context of actively operating religio-political terrorist outfits in civilian areas in Pakistan. As in the times of disaster most of the state agencies have more attention to provide relief and rehabilitation of the victims and this lax environment provides sectarian/terrorist outfits an additional opportunity to make good of the misery of people.

Besides other things this scenario underscores the failure of state as well as the political parties to provide means for the citizens to be part of the response as well as recovery and rehabilitation effort. And as such events gain attention and sympathy of all and sundry these are also used to gain political weightage by the marginal political groups. Pakistan Peoples Party is the only party with national presence and it’s really sad to see that in such times we fail to see its cadres work. This provides a big time opportunity to the minions to act big as well as to use the situation for their ulterior motives.
So to make people aware of nature and dynamics of such actions of these groups should atleast be a part of LUBP’s efforts for flood victims.

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  • سارے پاکستانی اپنے عطیات انہیں دیں جن کو کوئی جماعتی اور مذہبی وابستگی نہ ہو ،ایدھی ،چھیپا ،عالمگیر ،ریڈ کراس اور دوسرے گروپ جو صرف اور صرف انسانی خدمات کر رہے ہیں انھیں ہی عطیات دینے چاہیے ہیں .
    جماعت اسلامی ،جماعت دعوه اور دوسرے مذہبی دہشتگرد گروپ یہ خدمات صرف اور صرف اپنے آپ کو مظبوط بنانے کے لیہ کرتے ہیں ،ان کے دل میں مخلوق کا کوئی درد نہیں ،اگر درد ہوتا تو یہ دھماکوں کے ردعمل میں اتنے خوش نہیں ہوتے .
    لوگوں کی مدد کریں پر مذہبی موقع پرستوں سے ہوشیار رہیں
    اس سیلاب کے بعد ان کے مدرسوں اور ہتیار میں اور اضافہ ہو جائے گا اور مفتی صاحب کو ایک اور پجیرو مل جائے گی اور منور حسن کی آمدنی میں اور اضافہ ہو جائے گا اور منصورہ کو رینووئیٹ بھی کیا جائے گا

  • I think that , given the current situation in Pakistan, the government will either rise or fall, dependent upon how much better they deal with this national crisis than they did in the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir. Recovery will require massive foreign help. Pakistan should begin to seek this foreign help by asking friendly governments to either lend or lease them the badly needed heavy-lift equipment, before accepting an outright American rescue. Embracing the dragon too intimately will prove to the Nation.

    Militant groups have historically grown exponentially because of their disaster recovery assistance efforts.
    Hezbollah resistance gained most of its foot soldiers from its relief work after Israeli destroyed Lebanon repeatedly.

    In 1973, the Islamic center ‘Mujamma’ was established in Gaza and started to offer clinics, blood banks, day care, medical treatment, meals and youth clubs. The centre plays an important role for providing social care to the people, particularly those living in refugee camps. It also extended financial aid and scholarships to young people who wanted to study in Saudi Arabia and the West.[118] In particular, Hamas funded health services where people could receive free or inexpensive medical treatment. Hamas greatly contributed to the health sector, and facilitated hospital and physician services in the Palestinian territory.

  • The revival of banned militant groups is disturbing, we cannot allow them to function in the cover of charity. The agencies must take notice of their activites before the this Frankenstein monster is out of the bottle!

  • We cannot give up our country to a few thousands militants who want to impose a failed system of governance where half of the country’s population i.e. Women will be rendered jobless! No shape of militancy is acceptable be it religious, sectarian or political. No one should be permitted to take the law in their hands. The reports of banned outfits resurfacing in the cover of charity must be taken notice of their operations need to be shut.