What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pakistan IDPs: An ICG policy brief

A key excerpt from the new ICG brief (from pp.7-8.), to show the importance of what a post at this site already dealt with in last November. It's worth the attention, with 3.3 million IDPs now, and TTP fighters on the way out, in several directions, from Malakand.
"More overtly militant groups are also actively assisting the IDPs, most notably, the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT)’s latest reincarnation. (...) (It) has reportedly sent 2,000 workers to provide food aid and transport to IDPs in three camps in NWFP. (...) the group claims to have provided roadside camps with 24-hour kitchens that, by mid-May 2009, had fed 53,000 people. It also claims to have made available 23 minibuses and seven ambulances
to transport residents and the injured to camps and hospitals. A FIF camp in Sher Gur in Mardan is reportedly well funded and organised and appears to be delivering assistance far more effectively than the government. (...) radical Islamists even offer the jihadi equivalent of studyabroad programs. Reports of jihadi indoctrination in Al-Khidmat and FIF camps and schools are widespread."

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