Even after formally being out of power for a dozen years, the Taliban has been able to sustain diversified and balanced revenue streams from a wider span of sources than nearly any other terrorist group on earth. They collect royalties on opium and ordinary crops, taxes on shipments within and beyond Afghanistan, state sponsorship through Pakistan’s ISI spy service, zakat from wealthy Gulf donors siphoned through third party Islamic charities, jizya from Sikhs and other religious minorities in South and Central Asia, and ransoms from ordinary and wealthy Pakistanis—all of which they justify on the basis of Islamic law.
Dawncalls the ransoms “extortion,” which is vibrant and growing enterprise for Mullah Omar’s men:
Terror group sees Islamabad as a lucrative city for extortions
For the last couple of years, the capital city has seen an alarming increase in extortion cases. Unable to trace the culprits, the police say an…
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