The External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday that Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the international community with its “cosmetic” steps against terror groups.
“Pakistan is trying to hoodwink the international community on taking action against terror groups. Let us not get fooled by cosmetic steps against terror groups by Pakistan,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters.
The MEA’s response came after Pakistan claimed that it had “booked” Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed and 12 of his close associates for “terrorism financing” in 23 cases, amidst growing global pressure on Islamabad to act against militant groups launching deadly attacks in India.
Pakistan has lodged 23 cases on charges of terrorist financing and facilitation against Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed and a dozen members of the terror group, as well as five banned outfits masquerading as charity organisations.
“The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) has booked the (13) leaders of JuD and other proscribed organisations on charges of terror financing. As the FIRs have been registered, the suspects will be arrested shortly,” police spokesperson Niyab Haider Naqvi told PTI in Lahore.
Explaining the process, Naqvi said: “First, the FIR is registered against a suspect, and then he is arrested. Saeed and the others nominated in the FIRs will also be arrested subsequently.”
“Large scale investigations launched into financing matters of proscribed organisations Jamat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in connection with the implementation of UN sanctions against these designated entities and persons as directed by NSC (National Security Committee) in its meeting of 1st January 2019, chaired by PM Imran Khan, for implementing national action plan,” the Counter-Terrorism Department said in a statement reported by local media.