"Punjab Government Financing Front Group for Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorists"

With the change in the political guard in Pakistan following the May 11 general election, apprehensions have grown in India regarding the strategy of the newly-crowned government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to fight Kashmir-centric militant groups, especially the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its various incarnations. Even though Sharif vowed to curb militant proxies operating against India and promised a thorough probe into the role of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the attacks against India, these promises seemed to crumble when the Punjab provincial administration, led by Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N), allocated $620,000 to facilities run by the proscribed charity, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the parent body of the notorious Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group that carried out the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. The funds were allocated to the JuD/LeT’s Markaz-e-Taiba, the group’s sprawling headquarters at Muridke (Punjab Province) for the fiscal year 2013-14.

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Terrorism Monitor (Jamestown Foundation), Vol.11 (13), June 27, 2013