Jihadist fundraising in Pakistan. From the Daily Times:
PESHAWAR: The suspects in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) robbery case in Swat were affiliated to a banned militant organisation, Jaish-e-Muhammad headed by Maulana Masood Azhar. A wounded robber disclosed this to police interrogators.
A senior police official while quoting a wounded robber, Khalil Ahmad who is in hospital for treatment, told Daily Times on Sunday that most robbers had participated in Kashmir and Afghan jihad and had stolen Rs 2.2 million from the bank for purchasing weapons.
“They looted the bank to purchase weapons for participation in jihad,” said the official who wanted his identity to be kept anonymous.
The wounded robber told the police that the gang leader 21-year-old Farooq Shah had refused to hand over the money to the police when the police commandos surrounded them. “This money should be spent on jihad and was not for returning,” Khalil quoted Farooq as saying before the later blew himself up in a mosque.