World Desk, Amar Ujala, Washington
Published by: Kirtivardhan Mishra
Updated to Friday, 17 December 2021 1:12 PM IST
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a country report on terrorism released on Thursday that terrorist groups were operating out of Pakistan regionally by 2020.
Terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan continue to attack India.
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Terrorist organizations in Pakistan continue to use Pakistani territory to target India. Apart from this, Pakistan has not taken any action against other terrorists including Jaish-e-Mohammed founder and UN-appointed global terrorist Masood Azar and Sajid Mirza, the 2008 Mumbai attack project manager. The allegations were made in a new report released by the US State Department on terrorism.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a country report on terrorism released on Thursday that terrorist groups were operating out of Pakistan regionally by 2020. According to the report, “groups targeting Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban and its affiliated Haqqani network and Lashkar – e – Toiba and other terrorist groups targeting India, have launched their offensive from Pakistani soil.” Activities continued.
The report said Pakistan had not taken any action against other most wanted terrorists, such as Jaish’s founder, UN-appointed terrorist Azar and Mir, the 2008 Mumbai attack project manager. Both Azar and Mir are believed to be roaming freely in Pakistan.
The anti-terrorism court in Lahore convicted Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar – e – Toiba, first in February and then in November, and sentenced him to five and a half years in prison on various charges of aiding and abetting terrorism. However, he said that Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate terrorism were incomplete.
The same report said that Pakistan had made additional progress in completing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan by 2020, but had not completed all action plans and remained on the FTF’s gray list.