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- Use emergency aid against terrorism

It is important that there is an alternative support system for what is offered by radical organizations, so that people see that other alternatives exist, says FFI researcher Laila Bokhari

The October earthquake in Pakistan was the worst in man's memory, and the need for help is enormous. Laila Bokhari, who works daily as a researcher at the FFI, believes there is cause for concern when Islamist parties and militant groups exploit the South Asia earthquake in a political power play. At the same time, she points out that they also contribute significant relief to the victims after the disaster. Laila Bokhari will soon travel to Islamabad, where she will work as a guest researcher for a short period of time Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies.

- Can you say something about the situation on the ground in the earthquake area?

- The situation can best be described as chaotic. Radical Islamist groups can use this situation to strengthen themselves. If one sees that the international community and the government do not manage to offer enough help and to be there for a long time, while they have an alternative aid apparatus present that is there for a long time, then it could increase sympathy for, and support for, these groups in the population.

- Can this be used to whip up an enemy image of the West?

- Yes it can, it is already used as an argument by some Islamist parties and radical groups that while massive aid flowed in during the tsunami, one sees a shortage. . .

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