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April 08, 2015

U.S. and Saudi Arabia Put Sanctions on Pakistani Charity

The U.S. Treasury Department and Saudi authorities have placed sanctions on the Pakistan-based Al-Furqan Foundation Welfare Trust, accusing the charity of funneling money to terrorist groups under the cover of aid work, The Wall Street Journal reports. The Treasury Department said Al-Furqan is the descendant of a charity that, under a different name, was hit with U.S. and United Nations sanctions in early 2002 for allegedly funding Al Qaeda.

Al-Furqan could not be reached for comment. According to Treasury, the organization has provided support to Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other groups on the U.S. terror list as well as for a terrorist training center, and has channeled money from individuals in Pakistan and the Persian Gulf region to an Afghan insurgent movement.