- FO ‘encourages’ US to order considerations for aiding and abetting of terrorism by India
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ISLAMABAD: In a pointy rebuke, Pakistan has “encouraged” the US State Division to order its considerations for the lively aiding and abetting of terrorist actions by India.
The strongly-worded assertion, issued by International Workplace on Sunday, is available in response to the US State Division’s assertion on the conviction of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of many alleged founders of the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT).
It could be famous right here that an anti-terrorism courtroom (ATC) in Lahore sentenced Lakhvi to 5 years imprisonment and a tremendous of Rs300,000 in a terrorism financing case. Within the written order, the courtroom discovered the LeT chief responsible beneath three sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997, for working a dispensary in Kot Lakhpat to lift funds for financing terrorism.
Reacting to the decision, the US State Division had stated it was inspired by the conviction however famous that Lakhvi’s “crimes go far beyond financing terrorism”.
“Pakistan should further hold him accountable for his involvement in terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai attacks,” it added.
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Responding to the US State Division’s assertion, FO emphasised that Pakistan “is fully abiding by its own statutes and fulfilment of its international obligations”.
“The investigations, prosecutions and subsequent convictions, through due process, are a reflection of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s legal system which operates independently of any extraneous factors or influences.”
FO harassed that the authorized course of within the “Mumbai case” stays stalled attributable to India’s reluctance to ship over witnesses for cross-examination within the Pakistani courtroom.
“The State Department is encouraged to reserve its concern for the active aiding, abetting, planning, promoting, financing & execution of terrorist activities by India for which sufficient irrefutable evidence has already been provided,” it asserted.
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India had additionally questioned the timing of the motion in opposition to Lakhvi and linked it to the upcoming Monetary Motion Taskforce (FATF) meet.
Nevertheless, the FO on Saturday termed the Indian Ministry of Exterior Affairs’ assertion as “malicious”, stressing that New Delhi has “no locus standi to comment on the independent judicial mechanisms of Pakistan”.
“In this regard, the only ‘compliance’ that interests Pakistan is abiding by its own statutes and fulfilment of its international obligations,” learn the FO assertion.
“India’s assertions to link Pakistan’s due legal process with FATF are unfortunate. It is yet another Indian attempt to politicise FATF and use its processes against Pakistan,” stated FO.
It reiterated Pakistan’s dedication to impartiality, confidentiality, and the technical nature of the FATF course of.
“Indian insinuations against Pakistan are in fact a vain attempt to conceal its failures to bring to justice those blatantly involved in state terrorism and brutal suppression against the subjugated people of IIOJK and other minority communities,” stated the FO.
“As for the hypocritical Indian assertions regarding the ‘terror infrastructure’ and ‘individual terrorists’, irrefutable evidence has already been provided by Pakistan to the international community of the active aiding, abetting, planning, promoting, financing and execution of terrorist activities by India against Pakistan, with impunity.”
The ministry beneficial New Delhi to “put its own house in order and rein in its terror infrastructure that is aimed at destabilising India’s neighbouring countries in order to fulfil the extremist agenda of the RSS-BJP regime”.
“We also expect the UN counter-terrorism bodies to proceed on the basis of concrete evidence provided by Pakistan; urge India to renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and play their part in securing the dismantling of the Indian terrorist infrastructure,” it added.