US slams Pakistan for slow trial in Mumbai attacks

WEB DESK: The US State Department report released on Thursday said Pakistan continued to not take sufficient action against Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and cited the slow progress of the trial of the Mumbai 2008 attacks.

The Country Reports on Terrorism for 2015 called South Asia “a front-line region in the battle against terrorism” even as the Islamic State (IS) “remained the greatest threat globally”.

Noting that LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman-Lakhvi is free on bail, though under house arrest, the report brought Pakistan’s patchy record on counter-terrorism under scrutiny and criticism. Islamabad has come under scathing attack in the US in recent months for its counter-terrorism efforts.

“Pakistan has also not taken sufficient action against other externally-focused groups such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continued to operate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan,” the report said.

Islamabad has further failed to take sufficient steps to constrain fund-raising by affiliates or fronts of these outfits such as LeT’s Jamaat-u-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, it said. While Pakistan acted against terrorists that carried out attacks in its territories, such as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, the report said, it “did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or HQN (the Haqqani Network, a faction of Afghan Taliban)”.

Though al Qaeda was in decline in the region, the report noted its “leadership continued to operate from remote locations in the region that the group has historically exploited for safe haven”. -Business Recorder