US Report Says, Pak-Based Terror Outfits Still A Threat In Subcontinent

US Report Says, Pak-Based Terror Outfits Still A  Threat In Subcontinent

US Report Says, Pak-Based Terror Outfits Still A  Threat In Subcontinent 

New Delhi: On Wednesday, the US said that the terrorist group--Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba --continue to pose a regional threat in the subcontinent and that Pakistan did not adequately address America's concerns on terrorism in 2017.

In its annual Country Reports on Terrorism for the year 2017, the US State Department said that although al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been seriously degraded, the remaining of its global leadership, as well as its regional affiliate al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), continued to operate from remote locations in the region that historically have been exploited as safe havens.

It said, "Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba continued to pose a regional threat in the subcontinent."

The report notes that from August to December 2017, Donald Trump administration barred spending new Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan. The US are planning to hold these funds until Pakistan addressed key US concerns, including the threat posed by the Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups that enjoyed safe haven with Pakistan.

"Pakistan did not adequately address these concerns in 2017," said the report.

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It said that, although Pakistan's National Action Plan calls to "ensure that no armed militias are allowed to function in the country," several terrorist groups focused on attacks outside of the country continued to operate from Pakistani soil in 2017.

The Haqqani Network, besides the LeT and JeM are the groups which are directed against India.

The State Department report said that though Pakistan continued military operations to eradicate terrorist safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, their impact on all terrorist groups was uneven.

As per the report, the security force and Pakistani military have conducted operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan, such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The government of Pakistani pledged support to political reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban, but this did not restrict the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network from operating in the safe havens based in Pakistan and threatening US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan did not take sufficient action against other externally focused groups such as Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in 2017, which continued to operate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan," the report said.

The LeT leader, Hafiz Saeed and its front organisation Jamaat ud-Dawa (JuD), was detained by Pakistan in January 2017, but a Pakistani court ordered his release from house arrest in November 2017, it said.

The State Department in it's report repent that the progress remained slow on the Pakistan government's efforts to implement UN sanctions related to designated entities and enforce anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) controls.

It said that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), continued to note with concern that Pakistan's outstanding gaps in the implementation of the UN Security Council ISIS and al-Qaeda sanctions regime have not been resolved, and that UN-listed entities - including LeT and its affiliates - were not effectively prohibited from raising funds in Pakistan, nor were they denied financial services.

"Although Pakistan's laws technically comply with international anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism standards, authorities failed to uniformly implement UN sanctions related to designated entities and individuals such as LeT and its affiliates, which continued to make use of economic resources and raise funds," it said.

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