Hafiz Saeed of Pakistan (related to three imams in Massachusetts) is back in the news, this time in The Hindu of India. A young boy was killed in a clash between Jamaat-ud-Dawa and local villagers in a land dispute:
"ISLAMABAD: Angry protesters in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir capital Muzaffarabad set fire to properties of the Jamaat-ud-dawa (JuD) on Monday night after a boy was killed in a land dispute between the organisation and local people. The PoK government announced on Tuesday that it would set up a commission to investigate the incident."
"The JuD is linked to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba through its common founder Hafiz Saeed. It claims it is a charitable organisation. The United States believes that it is a LeT front organisation and has put it on its terror list; Mr. Saeed figures in a list of the "most wanted" India has given to Pakistan. Although it is on the Pakistan government's "watch list," the JuD was one of several banned groups which were allowed to carry out relief work in PoK after the 2005 earthquake."
"According to Dawn, residents of Panjgran village on the outskirts of the capital gave a piece of land to the JuD immediately after the earthquake to facilitate its relief work. The JuD set up temporary structures on the land including a pre-fab hospital, doctors' accommodation and a warehouse for dry rations. But recently, according to the residents, the organisation began making efforts to obtain a lease for the land, despite opposition from the original owners. The villagers told the JuD that its conduct was unacceptable and both sides held a number of jirgas to settle the dispute."
"The villagers alleged that on Monday evening, JuD cadres kidnapped two boys from the village and kept them captive in the warehouse. The villagers gathered outside demanding the release of the boys. Suddenly, gunshots were fired on the crowd and three persons were injured."
Another reporter discussed the involvement of jihadi groups with relief work:
"Jihadi organisations made large-scale investments in hospitals, schools and relief centres after the 2005 earthquake, hoping to build mass legitimacy. While the Lashkar operated under the JuD banner, the Jaish-e-Mohammad used the flag of the al-Rehmat Trust. Funds sent for relief work are reported to have been used to fund terrorist operations, notably an abortive plot to blow up transatlantic flights last year."
"Although the Pakistan Government's Interior Ministry placed the Jamaat-ud-Dawa on a terrorism watch-list in November 2003, the organisation continues to enjoy considerable official patronage."
"On June 3, PoK Health Minister, Najib Naqi, inaugurated a free eye-care camp organised by the Jamaat-ud-Dawa. Dr. Naqi described the camp as 'another excellent manifestation of Jamaat-ud-Dawa's tremendous work.' "
"Interestingly, the Muzaffarabad hospital is headed by Amir Aziz Khan - a controversial al-Qaeda linked figure who is alleged to have treated several Taliban leaders for battle injuries in the wake of the post-September 11 United States-led war in Afghanistan. In a subsequent interview to the Associated Press, Dr. Khan admitted that he had met the al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 bombings."