Thursday, April 26, 2007

Real Terrorists

Islamabad - A Pakistani court on Thursday permitted a banned non-governmental organization, which is on the United States list of terrorist groups, to resume its countrywide operations, the private Aaj news channel said.

The court in the port city of Karachi ruled in favour of the al- Rashid Trust organization when the state counsel failed to produce the official orders that debarred the group from continuing its activities and led to the closure of its 28 offices.

Authorities launched a crackdown on the trust on February 18, sealed its offices and prohibited it from collecting donations.

Meanwhile, the court on Thursday also restored the trust's bank accounts in Pakistan that were frozen more than five years ago.

The government claimed that the subsequent steps were taken on the directives of the United Nations Sanction Committee that oversees implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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