US mounts pressure on Pakistan to choke terror funding
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The United States has stepped up pressure on Pakistan to stop militant groups from collecting donations inside its territory, a media report said on Tuesday.
An influential Pakistani newspaper identified the militant outfits as Falah Insanyet, Ganj Madrasa and Lashkar-i-Taiba/Jammatud Dawah. All of them have been declared terrorist outfits by the US and the United Nations.
Dawn quoted diplomatic sources as saying the pressure to prevent the groups from collecting donations had been intensified after the recent attacks in some Western countries including France.
America’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard G. Olson recently informed US lawmakers that terrorism had always been at the centre of dialogue between Washington and Islamabad.
The issue came up for discussion last month when Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif visited Washington. The two sides conferred in detail on measures to choke terrorist financing.
However, the Obama administration laid more emphasis on the issue during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington for a meeting with US President Barack Obama in October.
Before Sharif’s visit, US Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Adam J. Szubin took up the question with Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani.
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Jennifer Fowler, at another meeting with Pakistani officials, even referred to animal hides that some of the groups collected during Eidul Adha.
Pakistan’s close ally, China uses its influence as a permanent member of the Security Council prevents the world body from taking any action whenever the issue is raised at the UN.
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