New Delhi, Sep 7: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has cautioned that the country will continue to witness “embarrassment” if terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are not reined in, according to media reports.
However, Pakistan Foreign Minister also acknowledged the existence of LeT and JeM among the internationally banned terror groups operating from within Pakistan.
“We need to tell our friends that we have improved our house. We need to bring our house in order to prevent facing embarrassment on the international level,” Mr Asif said while speaking to Pakistan’s Geo News on Wednesday.
We should impose some restrictions on the activities of elements like LeT and JeM, so that we can showcase the world that we have put our house in order,” he said.
“We need to ask ourselves have we acted upon the National Action Plan (NAP) in letter and spirit? Did we take the measures we had decided on, besides Operation Zarb-i-Azb, Raddul Fassad and Khyber 4, during the last three years? Did we show the world that we acted according to the resolve we made in 2014?”, Asif questioned.
Clarifying the contemporary position of the government, he asserted that for the very first time, the Foreign Ministry published an advertisement, urging people to avoid donating hides of sacrificial animals to proscribed organisations, including the the LeT and JeM.
“We express concern on the security situation in the region and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al Qaeda and its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb ut-Tahrir,” the declaration asserted.
Asif’s remarks came two days after the BRICS in its joint declaration named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) among the internationally banned outfits operating from within Pakistan.
Earlier in July, US President Donald Trump had also criticised Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from “safe havens” inside its territory.