For several years now, researchers at the Middle East Forum have been exposing the radical South Asian-based movement, Jamaat-e-Islami, (sometimes referred to as the South Asian cousin of the Muslim Brotherhood) and its overt ties to extremism and terror.
Here in America, Jamaat-e-Islami is served by proxies, of which the main two are: the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA); and its sister organization, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD).
While the head of Jamaat-e-Islami in Pakistan is calling for a Jihad against India in Kashmir, Forum researchers found that ICNA's international aid branch, HHRD, has openly organized events in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir with the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, the charitable wing of the Pakistani terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, both of which are U.S.-designated terrorist organizations.
HHRD has also openly admitted to carrying out 214 different projects with Al Khidmat, the official "welfare arm" of Jamaat-e-Islami, which publicly works with Hizbul Mujahedeen, another U.S-designated terrorist group. Al Khidmat also openly finances Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami's "student wing" in Bangladesh was named the third most violent non-state armed group in 2015. Yet, as Forum researchers showed, that has not stopped Jamaati officials from hiring high-powered lobbyists to whitewash their image in the U.S.
To address these issues, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) introduced H.Res. 160, which warns about the threat posed by Jamaat-e-Islami, and calls on law enforcement to investigate the terror finance links of its proxies here in the United States.
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