US Wants Pakistan To Take ‘Urgent’ Action Against Terrorists
Amid the recent crackdown by the government against the banned outfits in a bid to escape from being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the United States has also urged Pakistan to see to it that “urgent action is taken against the terrorists”.
The United Nations is also set to declare chief of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)—a militant outfit that claimed responsibility for Pulwama attack in Indian-held Kashmir, which killed more than 40 Indian troops— Masood Azhar a global terrorist.
According to the State Department, US Secretary of State Micheal R Pompeo emphasised the need for urgent action against terror groups during a meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in Washington on Monday.
The tensions between two nuclear neighbouring nuclear rivals went all-time high when India accused Pakistan of ‘aiding’ militant group in Kashmir that carried out an attack in Pulwama without any evidence. In the wake of Pulwama attack, India also intruded into Pakistan’s airspace to target JeM camp in Balakot but failed in its mission. In retaliation, Pakistan shot down two Indian aircraft next day, while capturing an Indian pilot, who was later handed back to India as a “goodwill gesture”.
Pakistan is also under a lot of pressure to take action against banned outfits to meet FATF terms and in order to comply with the demands of global watchdog against terror financing, the government has upgraded a group of banned outfits to ‘high risk’.
The government has started to monitor and re-examine the banned outfits’ activities and profiles under heightened security checks at all layers of legal, administrative, investigative and financial regimes.
There is not only international pressure to tackle terrorism but opposition parties have also taken the government to task for not implementing National Action Plan (NAP), with Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari questioning the government about the presence of banned outfits in Pakistan during a National Assembly session last week.