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After The Deluge...

The swell of militant groups engaged in flood relief has everyone jittery

After The Deluge...
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After The Deluge...
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When the mighty Indus swelled and spilled over its banks, gradually inundating nearly 20 per cent of Pakistan, teeming millions from decrepit towns and remote hamlets scampered away to safety. There were some, though, who were seen trekking in the opposite direction, wading into the watery graves to rescue those marooned. These civilians, often sporting lush, unkempt beards and dressed in pathan suits, were activists of militant organisations who had spontaneously come to the assistance of beleaguered people reeling under a crisis unprecedented in Pakistan’s history. Nor did their initial enthusiasm ebb in subsequent days—they remain in the forefront of non-government endeavour to provide hot meals, clothes and medicine to the affected, collecting funds to finance relief operations likely to last for months.

They have been hailed in some quarters as saviours who rushed to assist the hapless at a time when government officials had scurried away. Yet, this samaritan act has stoked fears, here as well abroad, about the agenda...

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