Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Terror Ties? While reporting today's story about Pakistan's efforts to track the ties to the London terror plot, correspondent David Montero met with several religious leaders.

One of those meetings was with Yahya Mujahid, a spokesman for the Jamat-ud-Dawa, a Muslim charity group that some news organizations have linked to the plotters.

"We spoke over an elaborate Thai meal and discussed the London plot. He said that his organization denied any misuse of charitable funds, and that news reports saying that 'their' London office, identified as Crescent Relief, has raised funds for the suspected terrorists were wrong. 'We don't have a London office,' he told me."

The Charity Commission in England is still investigating Crescent Relief. But Paki- stani officials have also stated that there's no connection to Jamat ud-Dawa.

This was David's first face-to-face interview with the spokesman. "He made a point of saying that he respected the balance of The Christian Science Monitor. …

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