KABUL (MEP) – The US Department of State Bureau of Counterterrorism in its report on terrorism said, “Pakistan continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally-focused terrorist groups.”
The US on Wednesday slammed Pakistan saying it continued to serve a safe haven to terrorist groups targeting India, Afghanistan and allowed them to operate from its territory.
The report was published under the pretext of fighting terrorism and has examined terrorist incidents in the world in 2019.
Citing the 2015 National Action Plan to counter-terrorism, the US asserted that Pakistan’s progress on this aspect “remains unfulfilled”.
“Pakistan continued to serve as a safe haven for certain regionally-focused terrorist groups. It allowed groups targeting Afghanistan, including the Afghan Taliban and affiliated HQN, as well as groups targeting India, including LeT and its affiliated front organizations, and JeM, to operate from its territory,” said the new report.
The report further stated that Pakistan has made no effort to prosecute terrorist leaders such as Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Masood Azhar and the mastermind of LeT’s 2008 Mumbai attacks Sajid Mir. It added that both of them are widely believed to reside in Pakistan under the protection of the state.
The US State Department releases the report while Afghan leaders and government have repeatedly complained about the presence of terrorist groups on Pakistani soil. But no attention has been paid yet.