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Lashkar visit of USAID chief denied

world Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:22 IST

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Even as the international community, particularly the US, continues to voice concern regarding the involvement of terror organisations in flood relief operations in Pakistan, a top American official visited a relief camp which is believed to be run by Falah-i-Insaniat (FI), the latest reincarnation of banned Jamaat-ud- Dawa — the front face of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT).

According to reports, Administrator of US Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr Rajiv Shah visited a relief camp in Sukkur, Sindh, to witness the relief work being carried out.

JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid claimed that the camp Shah visited was run by Falah-i-Insaniat.

A statement issued by the group quoted Shah, as saying, “The work being done by the group is appreciable.”

The US embassy in Islamabad, however, rejected reports regarding Shah’s visit to any such relief camp run by extremists, and insisted that he had only toured a camp run by the government in a school.