ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday “encouraged” the US State Department to order its issues for the lively aiding and abetting of terrorist actions by India.
The international workplace has issued a pointy rebuke to the US State Department’s assertion on the conviction of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, one of many alleged founders of the banned Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT).
Lakhvi was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and imposed a wonderful of Rs300,000 in a terror financing case by an anti-terrorism court docket (ATC) in Lahore.
The US State Department stated in its assertion that Lakhvi’s “crimes go far beyond financing terrorism”.
“Pakistan should further hold him accountable for his involvement in terrorist attacks, including the Mumbai attacks,” it stated.
Responding to the US State Department’s assertion, FO emphasised that Pakistan “is fully abiding by its own statutes and fulfilment of its international obligations”.
“The investigations, prosecutions and subsequent convictions, through due process, are a reflection of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s legal system which operates independently of any extraneous factors or influences.”
FO harassed that the authorized course of within the “Mumbai case” stays stalled attributable to India’s reluctance to ship over witnesses for cross-examination within the Pakistani court docket.
“The State Department is encouraged to reserve its concern for the active aiding, abetting, planning, promoting, financing & execution of terrorist activities by India for which sufficient irrefutable evidence has already been provided,” it asserted.
It could also be famous right here that India had additionally questioned the timing of the motion towards Lakhvi and linked it to the upcoming Financial Action Taskforce (FATF) meet.
However, the FO on Saturday rejected the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ assertion and harassed that New Delhi has “no locus standi to comment on the independent judicial mechanisms of Pakistan”.
“In this regard, the only ‘compliance’ that interests Pakistan is abiding by its own statutes and fulfilment of its international obligations,” learn the FO assertion.
“India’s assertions to link Pakistan’s due legal process with FATF are unfortunate. It is yet another Indian attempt to politicise FATF and use its processes against Pakistan.”
It reiterated Pakistan’s dedication to impartiality, confidentiality, and the technical nature of the FATF course of.
The ministry really helpful New Delhi to “put its own house in order and rein in its terror infrastructure that is aimed at destabilising India’s neighbouring countries in order to fulfil the extremist agenda of the RSS-BJP regime”.
“We also expect the UN counter-terrorism bodies to proceed on the basis of concrete evidence provided by Pakistan; urge India to renounce the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and play their part in securing the dismantling of the Indian terrorist infrastructure,” it added.