Militant-linked charity on front line of Pakistan quake aid

The United Nations says Pakistani charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa is a front for a deadly militant group blamed for a bloody 2008 attack on the Indian city of Mumbai. But to survivors of this week’s earthquake, the Islamist aid workers are heroes. About 2,000 Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) volunteers fanned out across northern Pakistan after Monday’s quake, highlighting the organisation’s well-oiled disaster response and ability to work alongside the military. JuD’s freedom to operate despite US and UN sanctions contrasts sharply with an intensifying crackdown on international aid groups.



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