Mahmood has alleged that an unauthorised fundraiser using the charity’s name collected £600 a week by claiming the money was for a madrassa, a religious school, in Pakistan. Mahmood also said that while he was undercover he was asked to pass a single lump sum of £40,000 to a local contact in High Wycombe for covert transmission to Kashmir.
A spokesman for the trust said he was extremely upset by the trust’s unwitting connection with extremists who, Mahmood claims, had raised thousands of pounds in door-to-door collections in High Wycombe, Luton, Slough and Birmingham.
The Thara Welfare Trust provides education, food and shelter, a free ambulance service and emergency relief in remote parts of Kashmir. The Charity Commission said the allegations are extremely serious and that it is actively investigating.