Banned Pakistani group's relief work hailed

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While the Pakistani government's response to the humanitarian crisis caused by devastating floods has been criticised, local charity organisations and religious groups are earning praise from the public for their efforts.

A group that has been gaining popularity for their relief work in recent days is Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an Islamic group banned by the government.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa has been accused of being a front group for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is believed to be behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The charity group is also seen as promoting a strict interpretation of Islam, which is at odds with the secular government of Pakistan.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Swat Valley in northern Pakistan.