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US Report Punches Holes in Pakistan’s Claim that Terrorist Masood Azhar is ‘Missing’

File picture of JeM chief Masood Azhar.

The US report says 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, both of whom are believed to remain free in Pakistan”.

  • CNN-News18 New Delhi
  • Last Updated: June 24, 2020, 11:24 PM IST

The US State Department Country Reports on Terrorism 2019 has punched holes in a declare that Pakistan made to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) earlier this yr — that terrorist Masood Azhar is “missing”.

The US report says that 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, both of whom are believed to remain free in Pakistan”.

The report additionally raps Pakistan for persevering with to behave as “safe harbour” for different regionally centered terrorist teams. It allowed teams concentrating on India, “including LeT and its affiliated front organisations, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), to operate from its territory”, stated the report.

However, the report added that Pakistan took “modest steps” in 2019 to counter terror financing and restrain India-focused militant teams from conducting large-scale assaults following the February assault on a safety convoy in Jammu and Kashmir linked to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

Shortly afterward, world terror financing watchdog FATF determined to maintain Pakistan within the “Grey List” because it has didn’t examine move of cash to terror teams just like the LeT and the JeM, officers stated. The choice was taken on the Financial Action Task Force’s third and closing plenary held just about because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The direct point out of JeM to Pulwama additionally endorses India’s declare that the assault wherein 40 CRPF jawans had been killed was carried out by the Azhar-headed terror outfit. Pakistan had “rejected Indian allegations”, calling them “knee-jerk and pre-conceived.”

As reported by News18.com in February, Pakistan had advised the FATF activity pressure that Azhar and his household had been lacking, so no motion could possibly be taken towards him. Intelligence sources had advised News18 that if Pakistan lies could be unmasked in the event that they repeat such claims as India had the precise coordinates of Azhar.

Sources had stated that Azhar was in Chakshahzad and was sheltered by the Pakistan ISI. Azhar was designated a worldwide terrorist by the United Nations Security Council 1267 sanctions committee in May final yr after the Pulwama Terror assault.


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