Canada: Muslim Charity Organisation Suspended & Fined $136,000 For Funding Kashmiri Militants

| October 3 , 2018 , 11:47 IST

A leading Musilm Charity organization in Canada was suspended on Wednesday for allegedly having links with armed militant groups in Kashmir. The Canadian government also imposed a fine of USD 136,000 on the charity.

According to local media reports, The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) said that it has suspended the Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA- Canada) for a year starting on September 12 and ordered the charity to pay a $550,000 fine. The audit documents also revealed that ISNA-Canada provided an additional $46,000 to the Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada, which has previously fundraised for the ROKM.

Reports further said that CRA audit documents alleged that between 2007 and 2009 ISNA-Canada "gifted" $90,000 to the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM).

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The CRA described the ROKM as the "charitable arm" of Jamaat-e-Islami, a Pakistani Islamist political party whose armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, is listed as a terrorist group in India, Europe and the United States. Hizul Mujahideen fighters are battling Indian soldiers in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Canada did not revoke the group’s charity status but required the group to cease its overseas operations.