Pakistan appalled over US State Department’s ‘self-contradictory’ terrorism report

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Pakistan was appalled over US State Department’s Annual Country Report on Terrorism for 2019 over being “selective in its characterisation of Pakistan’s efforts for countering terrorism and terrorist financing”.

The Foreign Office, in an announcement, on Thursday referred to as the report “self-contradictory”, saying that it recognises the degraded risk of Al-Qaeda within the area however failed to acknowledge the function of Pakistan in its elimination.

“Similarly, the Report acknowledges the sharp decrease in the incidence of terrorist attacks in Pakistan. However, it neglects to explain that this was only possible because Pakistan’s resolute counter-terrorism operations have targeted proscribed groups and outfits without discrimination,” the FO said.

It additional stated that Pakistan is totally conscious of its tasks as a sovereign state and it’ll not enable any terror group to make use of its territory in opposition to every other nation.

“We reject any insinuation about any safe haven. Pakistan will not allow any group or entity to use its territory against any country. On the contrary, it is Pakistan that faces the threat of terrorism from externally based and foreign sponsored groups, like the TTP, ISIS-K and others. The Report is again either silent or vague on the origins and locations of these terrorist groups,” it stated.

The FO stated that the nation stays dedicated to fulfilling its obligations underneath the United Nations Security Council’s1267 sanctions regime which pertains to freezing of property and denial of funds to all talked about entities and people.

According to the assertion, Pakistan has prosecuted and convicted the leaders of a number of banned outfits, which has been acknowledged by the US as effectively, nevertheless, it was fleetingly talked about within the annual report.

The FO additionally spoke about Pakistan’s dedication to the Financial Action Task Force’s Action Plan. “Pakistan additionally continues to implement the FATF Action Plan and has undertaken wide-ranging and systemic reforms to that finish.

While it notes the progress made by Pakistan underneath the Action Plan, the report didn’t seize the political dedication, revamping of Pakistan’s AML/CFT regime, and our constant and sustainable actions which have additionally been recognised by FATF.”

The US report, the FO lamented, obviously didn’t acknowledge the function performed by Pakistan within the Afghan peace course of and enduring peace within the area.

In its ending be aware, the FO said: “Pakistan’s constructive contribution and facilitation of U.S.-Taliban direct talks culminating within the Peace Agreement of 29 February 2020 are extensively acknowledged, together with by the US and its management.

Pakistan hopes that future US reviews will totally acknowledge your complete spectrum of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and current a good and proper perspective of this world risk.”