Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now

You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.



Select Portfolio and Asset Combination for Display on Market Band
Select Portfolio
Select Asset Class
Show More

Get ET Markets in your own language





  • ENG - English
  • HIN - हिन्दी
  • GUJ - ગુજરાતી
  • MAR - मराठी
  • BEN - বাংলা
  • KAN - ಕನ್ನಡ
  • ORI - ଓଡିଆ
  • TEL - తెలుగు
  • TAM - தமிழ்
Drag according to your convenience

India raises five points to prove Pakistan is trying to mainstream terror

Top official sources informed that despite Islamabad's claims that action was being taken against terrorism, there was no sign of movement on this front.

Jan 11, 2019, 09.00 AM IST
NEW DELHI: With Pakistan PM Imran Khan stating that it is India which has blocked engagement between the two countries, the government has hit out at Pakistan saying Islamabad has done nothing to create an atmosphere conducive to dialogue.

Top official sources told TOI that despite Islamabad's claims that action was being taken against terrorism, there was no sign of movement on this front. On the contrary, they insisted, Pakistan's actions under Khan showed that Islamabad was not only providing support to terrorists but also seeking to mainstream terrorist groups.

This, according to the Indian government, was evidenced by 5 specific instances as per information compiled by it.

First, Pakistan Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi is said to have met JuD leader and UN proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed’s representatives in Islamabad on December 16-17, 2018, and "openly extended" Pakistan government’s support to Saeed and his organisation. The minister reportedly said that nobody was going to target Saeed as long as the ruling PTI party was in power.

Second, JuD opened rescue centres in November, 2018, POK which were inaugurated by a local PTI leader. This, according to Indian authorities, shows open support for JuD which is on the UNSC sanctions list.

Third is the fact that JuD and its NGO Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) ceased to be in the list of banned organisations in Pakistan after the presidential ordinance that proscribed them as banned entities lapsed late last year. This was made possible with the Pakistan government, sources here said, confirming in Islamabad High Court that the ordinance had lapsed and that Pakistan government neither extended the ordinance nor tabled it in Parliament to convert it into a law. Saeed had challenged the ordinance placing ban on JuD and FIF in court.

Fourth, banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen leader and United Jehad Council (UJC) chairman Syed Salahuddin in October, 2018, called for Pakistan military support to terrorists active in J&K. This was from a press conference organised by the UJC in Muzaffarabad in the presence of Mohamed Asghar of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Masood Amir of Hizb-e-Islami and LeT commander Dr Manzoor.

Fifth, in September 2018, Pakistan religious minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri shared a public platform with Saeed on September 30, 2018, where both of them made "vitriolic" anti-India statements. Qadri was quoted as having said that he attended the conference by Difa-e-Pakistan Council on Khan’s instructions.

India’s position on terrorism, as spelt out here, effectively means curtains for any hope of a substantive engagement between the two countries before general elections in India. Khan had told a group of Indian journalists in November this year that Pakistan would not allow its soil to be used for terrorism outside. According to the Indian government though, steps taken by Pakistan were only cosmetic in nature.

"JuD and FIF are not banned in Pakistan. They are only under the watch list of NACTA (National Counter Terrorism Authority) of the interior ministry. They can continue legally with their so called welfare activities which they use for anti-India activities across Indo-Pak border," said an official familiar with the issue.

Khan had recently said in an interview to a Turkish channel that Pakistan's offer for dialogue was rebuffed by India "just to bag anti Pakistan votes" in upcoming elections.

India had in September last year agreed to a meeting between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UNGA before cancelling it 24 hours later apparently because of the killings of Special Police Officers in Kashmir and release of stamps glorifying slain Hizbul commander Burhan Wani. However, as many even in India had pointed out then, the stamps were first released in July, 2018.

Also Read

India-Pakistan conflict will be bloodier than World War: Pakistan Minister

China, Pakistan to discuss Pulwama fallout

India-Pakistan Kartarpur meet underway

Pakistan sending team for Kartarpur talks

Border line: State of the Pakistan economy

Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.