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Pak terror groups log on to Facebook

The groups are being allowed to operate without censorship by Pakistani authorities

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2010 3:56:10 pm

Once highly secretive,Pakistani hardline militant groups like Jamat-ud-Dawa and the pro al-Qaeda Sipah-e-Sahaba are plugging into western social networking sites like Facebook.

Jamat-ud-Dawa,blamed by India for the 2008 Mumbai massacre,has been banned by the United Nations and several western countries. It is going public intending to influence netizens.

The information they have posted online with photographs show men and women at their congregation brandishing guns and hi-tech assault weapons.

Internet pages of Sipah-e-Sahaba,a banned militant Sunni Islamic organisation,also preach their anti-Shiite bias.

The groups are being allowed to operate without censorship by Pakistani authorities,who recently restricted access to hundreds of Internet pages for anti-Islamic contents.

Pakistan has recently launched a military campaign against groups like Sipah-e-Sahaba. Surprisingly,this group has been allowed access to cyberspace.

JuD,which claims to be a charity group,has been helping in flood relief work in Sindh and the northwestern region.

The JuD in its Facebook page continues its India-bashing claiming that Indian intelligence was behind the attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore last year.

The US,the UK and other western nations are worried over the influence these campaigns have on Muslim youths.

There have been recent arrests of several youths in the US who claimed they were going to join the jihad against American forces in Afghanistan and Somalia.

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