Pak not up­ping ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

un­der scru­tiny and crit­i­cism. Is­lam­abad has come un­der scathing at­tack in the US in re­cent months for its counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts.

“Pak­istan has also not taken suf­fi­cient ac­tion against other ex­ter­nally-fo­cused groups such as Lashkar-e-Tayy­iba (LeT) and Jaish-eMo­ham­mad (JeM), which con­tin­ued to op­er­ate, train, or­gan­ise, and fundraise in Pak­istan,” the re­port said.

Is­lam­abad has fur­ther failed to take suf­fi­cient steps to con­strain fund-rais­ing by af­fil­i­ates or fronts of these out­fits such as LeT’s Ja­maat-u-Dawa and Falah-e-In­saniyat Foun­da­tion, it said.

While Pak­istan acted against ter­ror­ists that car­ried out at­tacks in its ter­ri­to­ries, such as Tehrik-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan, the re­port said, it “did not take sub­stan­tial ac­tion against the Afghan Tal­iban or HQN (the Haqqani Net­work, a fac­tion of Afghan Tal­iban)”.

Though al Qaeda was in de­cline in the re­gion, the re­port noted its “lead­er­ship con­tin­ued to op­er­ate from re­mote lo­ca­tions in the re­gion that the group has his­tor­i­cally ex­ploited for safe haven”.

It might have added safe havens in Pak­istan, where al Qaeda’s top leader Osama bin Laden was found hid­ing with his fam­ily and killed by US forces five years ago in May 2011.

As for Pak­istan’s anti-ter­ror­ism courts, the re­port said they had “lim­ited pro­ce­dures for ob­tain­ing or ad­mit­ting for­eign ev­i­dence” and cited how Pak­istan was drag­ging its feet in the ju­di­cial pro­ceed­ings of the Mum­bai at­tacks.

The trial of seven sus­pects, in­clud­ing Lakhvi, con­tin­ues eight years af­ter the at­tack, the re­port said, point­ing out “many wit­nesses for the prose­cu­tion re­main­ing to be called by the court”.

“Se­cu­rity con­cerns and pro­ce­dural is­sues re­sulted in a slow pace of trial pro­ceed­ings.”—INP

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