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LeT's charity wing distributes cash, blankets among Rohingya refugees

12 Dec 2017 | By Abheet Sethi

The Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), the charitable wing of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), claims it has provided aid to over 300 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

The development comes amid a report warning that the mass migration of Rohingyas could pose security risks around the world.

The anti-India LeT may look to recruit the vulnerable Rohingyas through the FIF to mount terrorist attacks.

In context: Is LeT trying to radicalize Rohingya refugees?

12 Dec 2017LeT's charity wing distributes cash, blankets among Rohingya refugees

Who are Rohingyas?Rohingyas believed to be world's most persecuted minority

The Rohingyas are an ethnic Muslim group who constitute around one million of Myanmar's predominantly Buddhist 50 million population.

They speak a Bengali dialect, mainly reside in the country's impoverished northern Rakhine state.

Myanmar views them as illegal Bangladeshi immigrants and doesn't officially recognize them as its citizens, rendering them stateless.

The Rohingyas have allegedly been subjected to human rights abuses by Myanmar.

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OperationsFIF operating with local Bangladeshi Islamist groups

In an online announcement, Shahid Mahmood, the FIF's head of foreign operations said the organization intended to "start its relief activities in all areas of Burma where Muslims are besieged."

For starters, it distributed million worth of cash and blankets to the refugees.

A senior Bangladeshi intelligence official said the FIF was operating with the local Islamist groups in refugee camps near Cox's Bazaar.

ConnectionsRohingya leaders seek help from LeT, JuD

"The FIF's operations could mark a dangerous new phase in the Myanmar conflict," a Bangladeshi intelligence official said.

Reportedly, Dubai and Pakistan-based Rohingya leaders were seeking help and aid from LeT-affiliate Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to support refugees from the community in Pakistan and India.

Meanwhile, the Belgium-based conflict organization International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned of possible cross-border militant attacks by Rohingyas.

TerrorismReports: LeT chief Saeed urged Rohingya to wage jihad

Worryingly, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed has accused India of colluding with Myanmar in the persecution of Rohingyas.

In an unauthenticated video, Saeed reportedly told Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar to 'join jihad' and wage a 'holy war.'

Based on these calls, the Indian government has submitted an affidavit for the deportation of all Rohingya refugees to the Supreme Court. The government considers Rohingya a "security threat."