Pakistan took steps in 2020 to restrain anti-India terror outfits: US report

Pakistan has taken some steps to restrain anti-India terror teams however many teams concentrating on Afghanistan and India proceed to function from its soil, whilst JeM’s Masood Azhar and 26/11 accused Sajid Mir stay free within the nation, in response to a report by the US Department of State.

“Pakistan took steps in 2020 to counter terror financing and restrain India-focused militant groups from conducting attacks. Pakistan convicted Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and four other senior LeT leaders in multiple terrorism financing cases,” the 2020 Country Reports on Terrorism by US Department of State stated. However, it said, “Groups targeting Afghanistan — including the Afghan Taliban and affiliated HQN, as well as groups targeting India, including LeT and its affiliated front organizations, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) — continued to operate from Pakistani territory. Pakistan did not take action against other known terrorists such as JeM founder and UN-designated terrorist Masood Azhar and 2008 Mumbai attack “project manager” Sajid Mir, each of whom are believed to stay free in Pakistan.”

The report acknowledged Pakistan’s contribution in Afghan peace course of, and adjudged its progress positively in relation to assembly Financial Action Task Force compliance.

In the context of India, the report acknowledged militancy actions in J&Okay and Maoist-affected areas. It stated India didn’t have a notional coverage for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE).

“The Ministry of Home Affairs is the lead agency for CVE and maintains a counterterrorism and counter-radicalization division,” the report said. “There is no national CVE policy. State governments have the lead on CVE strategy. Consequently, efforts are uneven and led by local police departments, which often have limited interactions with community organizations and civil society. Five states (Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh) have reportedly formulated CVE strategies,” it stated.

LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen, ISIS, al-Qa’ida within the Indian Subcontinent and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen had been recognized as the most important terror teams working in India by the report.


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