US lists Pakistan among countries that provide Safe heaven for Terrorist

Washington: Pakistan has once again exposed the issue of terrorism to the world community. On Wednesday, the US put the terrorists on the list of ‘safe haven’ countries. The US said that terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are involved in operating terror activities from Pakistan, training terrorists and collecting money.

The State Department said in its annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’ submitted to the US Congress that Pakistani troops and security forces acted on an organization such as Tehrik-e-Pakistan, who attacked inside Pakistan, but Afghan Taliban and terrorist groups like Haqqani No action was taken against. Apart from this, Pakistan has also slowed down the terrorist organizations like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

The report says, “Pakistan did not take suitable action in 2016 against organizations such as Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed who targeted other countries. These organizations have continued to operate, train, organize and raise funds in Pakistan. It said that attacks on India are continuing, including the attacks of Maoists and Pak-based terrorists.

It said that Indian officials have continued to blame Pakistan for the attacks across the border in Jammu and Kashmir. The State Department said that in Jan 2016 there was a terrorist attack in Pathankot of Punjab, for which Jaish-e-Mohammad was held responsible. After this, the Indian government appealed to strengthen cooperation against terrorism and share information with the US.

The US had declared Hizbul Mujahideen’s gangster Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist last month. During a recent US visit, during a joint statement of PM Modi and US President Donald Trump, Pakistan was told that it would not allow its use of land for terrorist attacks in other countries.

It has been said in the report that the Indian government has continued to monitor the threats arising out of terror organizations like ISIS and Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (AQIS). There have been many arrests related to plotting the attacks inside India and recruiting ISIS related recruits inside India.

The report said that although the Lashkar-e-Taiba is banned in Pakistan, while the Lashkar branch is collecting funds by opening Jamat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation. It has mentioned that Hafiz Saeed continues to address large rallies. He also addressed rallies in February 2017.

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