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Islamic Separatists in Pakistan Shun Fighting to Help Quake Victims


Pakistan-based Islamic militants fighting Indian rule in Kashmir have announced what they are calling a "new jihad" or holy struggle to help victims of Saturday's quake.

The group was originally known as Lashkar-e-Toiba. But it changed its name to Jamaat-ud-Dawa after the United States blacklisted it as a terrorist organization. It says its activists have launched a campaign throughout Pakistan to collect relief goods for quake victims in Pakistani Kashmir.

A spokesman for the group says all members of the group are busy in the new effort.

The charity has dispatched trucks carrying blankets, tents and food to quake-affected areas and it plans to send more.

The spokesman also was quoted as saying the group has set up three field hospitals in the worst hit Pakistani city of Muzaffarabad.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.

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