Islamist charities pose challenge for Pakistan’s government of seizing

Vastavam web: The vast network of Islamist charities taken over last week by Pakistan’s government includes a horse-breeding stable, a fleet of 4×4 trucks, a swimming academy, martial arts classes and tens of thousands of staff and volunteers.Islamabad hopes that by seizing control of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) charities, which the United States says are terrorist fronts, it can stave off being included this week on a global watchlist of country’s deemed to be doing too little to curb militant financing.

A few government representatives were on site and new signs hung to rename the facilities, but little else appeared to have changed since the government announced it was banning the charities on Feb. 14.Officials said they have not yet drawn up plans on how to run the network, which includes more than 300 seminaries, schools, hospitals, a publishing house and ambulance services.