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US Lists Pakistan Among Countries Providing ‘Safe Havens’ To Terrorists

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A US state department report has listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing “safe havens” to terrorists.

The US state department’s ‘Country Report on Terrorism 2016’ says that terror groups like the LeT and JeM continued to operate, train, organize and fund-raise inside the country in 2016.

The segments on South and Central Asia in the report substantiate India’s long-standing position on the menace of cross-border terrorism in the region.

Highlights of the Report:

Numerous terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network (HQN), Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) continued to operate from Pakistani soil in 2016.

Although LeT is banned in Pakistan, LeT’s wings Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FiF) were able to openly engage in fundraising, including in the capital.

LeT’s chief Hafiz Saeed (a UN-designated terrorist) continued to address large rallies, although in February 2017, Pakistan proscribed him under relevant provisions of Schedule Four of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The Pakistani government did not publicly reverse its December 2015 declaration that neither JuD nor FiF is banned in Pakistan, despite their listing under UN sanctions regimes.

Pakistan did not take sufficient action against other externally focused groups, such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad in 2016, which continued to operate, train terrorists, organize, and fund raise in Pakistan.

Groups located in Pakistan, but focused on conducting attacks outside the country, included the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network (HQN), Lashkar e-Tayyiba (LeT), and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

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