LAHORE - With the arrival of Eidul Adha, banned outfits have started campaigning person to person to collect hides to raise funds, Pakistan Today learnt reliably. Sources said different organisation, including those who have been banned, had assigned the task to their workers to gather maximum hides to raise funds, adding that they were carrying out a door-to-door campaign. They also said imams of different mosques were also helping these organisations.Posters and pamphlets of defunct organisations have also been put up all over the city to attract donors, while some have also set up camps for the same. Sources also claimed that these organisations had changed their names in order to go undetected.
The police have decided to put a check in place by only allowing those organisations to set up a camp who obtain a letter from the City District Government. “We will not let them set up camps until they do not get an approval from the government,” said DIG Operation Ghulam Mehmood while talking to Pakistan Today, adding that the police had issued clear instructions in this regard and a case would be registered under Anti-Terrorism Act against any organisation or their workers found involved in collection of hides without a permission letter. It would be important to mention here that every year dozens of organisations collect hides of sacrificial animals on Eidul Adha from different areas of the city for raising funds. “It is impossible to trace an organisation if it functions through one of its sister organisations or if it changes its name. The loophole is that the leaders of these organisations are being allowed to function freely,” said a top cop of the police, asking not to be named.