Pakistan failed to act against terrorist groups targeting India and Afghanistan: US


New York, Nov 2 The US State Department in a report claimed that Pakistan has “failed to significantly limit” terror funding in banned home-grown terror organisations such as Lashkar e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) that target India, and warned that those groups maintain their offensive capabilities.

In the ‘Country Reports on Terrorism 2018’ released by the US Department of State Bureau of Counter terrorism, America has called out Pakistan’s bluff on the latter’s claims that it is acting against terrorism.
The report slammed India’s neighbouring country of not being able to “uniformly implement UN sanctions against outfits like LeT and its affiliates”

“The US also claimed that Pakistan failed to “restrict the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network (HQN) from operating in Pakistan-based safe havens and threatening US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan,” according to the annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2018 that was released in Washington on Friday.

The report warned that “Pakistan-based LeT, which was responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and JeM maintained the capability and intent to attack Indian and Afghan targets”.

“India continued to experience attacks, including by Pakistan-based terrorist organisations and tribal and Maoist insurgents,” it said.

The five terrorist hits in India last year were listed in the report includes the Maoist improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a police vehicle in Chhattisgarh and another attack in Andhra Pradesh that killed Telugu Desam Party MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao, and the killing of three people and the wounding of 20 in a grenade attack on Nirankaris by Sikh extremists.

The report drew attention to the risk of radicalisation and recruitment by terrorist organisations using social media.

It said that cases of online terrorist radicalisation in southern India were reported throughout the year, including reports of some recruits being smuggled to Islamic State (IS) territories in Afghanistan.

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