LONDON: An umbrella organisation representing over 300 Hindu outfits in the
UK on Sunday appealed to the government to probe into reports about British
charities suspected of sending funds to terrorist groups in Pakistan that
have been launching attacks against India.

The appeal by Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) comes in the wake of serial
bombings in Gujarat in which at least 45 people were killed.

The HFB requested Home Secretary Jacqui Smith to order a probe into reports
of British charities sending funds to Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

Indian authorities have said the Indian Mujahideen, which claimed
responsibility for the attacks, seems to be a front outfit for terrorist
organisations operating out of Pakistan.

“India has been suffering from terror attacks by Islamic militants for many
years. The Ahmedabad blasts that killed 45 people yesterday are not
isolated. There have been several other blasts that have taken place
recently in Jaipur, Bangalore and other places,” HFB secretary general
Ramesh Kallidai said.

“But what is of great concern to British Indians is that there have been
several reports of British charities sending money to Pakistan that are
being diverted to terrorism against India.”

According to Tahseen Ullah Khan of the National Research and Development
Foundation, a Peshawar-based NGO that promotes madrasa reform, militant
funding also comes from donors in the UK.

“If I go to the UK as a cleric and tell people that Islam is under attack, I
can come back with lot of funding,” she had said in a statement.

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