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Pak’s action against terror funding only on paper, India to tell watchdog

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NEW DELHI: On Sunday, India will take on Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in London. The same day, in Valencia in Spain, it will be a contest of a different sort as the government sets about exposing Pakistan for “hoodwinking” the international community on “terror funding” and not taking any action against Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its arms when the plenary meet of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international terror financing watchdog, begins.

An Indian delegation headed by Enforcement Directorate chief Karnal Singh will brief the forum, where 198 member countries and the UN, IMF and World Bank will discuss ways to counter terror financing.

India, according to top government sources, has prepared a detailed report on Pakistan which names the country for supporting the funding activities of banned outfits like JuD, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others, operating freely from Pakistani soil.

Not just that, India will also inform the international community in the FATF plenary, to be held from June 18 to 23, that JuD has not just increased its activities in Pakistan but also spread its tentacles to Yemen, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and other countries.

Sources said FATF will be informed that Pakistan’s action against terror outfits like JuD/LeT and its chief Hafiz Saeed was nothing but “paper activity” which was devoid of any ground work and was meant to “hoodwink the international community”.

Based on intelligence collected by Indian agencies, it will be informed that Pakistan had seized only 69 accounts of JuD and its front Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation(FIF) in 15 years, which was “nothing” and showed Pakistan’s true intent about taking action against terror outfits.

India is also armed with more details about the current activities of Saeed, his organisations in Pakistan and beyond.

“JuD, FIF and its student wing Al-Muhammadiya Students (AMS) have indulged in organising lectures, rallies, meetings, fund raising activities and recruiting youngsters to take up jihad against India.

Global terrorists Hafiz Saeed, Abdul Rehman Makki and others of JuD are openly engaged in these activities apart from funeral prayers for terrorists who are sent to India to attack security forces and are killed, but Pakistan has allowed them to continue their activities,” a senior home ministry official said.

On the basis of inputs shared by the NIA and other agencies, India will inform international delegates that Pakistan has not taken any action against the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and the January 2016 attack on an IAF base in Pathankot despite sharing all evidence with it.

 

During its last meeting, the FATF had slammed Pakistan for not blocking the financial routes of JuD and its affiliates.

 

“Pakistan, if it doesn’t take any action, faces the risk of being named a major defaulter of counter-terrorism measures,” a government official said.

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