Rana Sanaullah, who is the law minister in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was asked by BBC why Pakistan was not taking any action against anti-India terrorist groups in the country.
His shocking response was this:
The top Pakistani lawmaker admitted that Pakistan cannot take action against terrorist groups such as Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) and Jaish e Mohammad (JeM) because they are pro-establishment and have been declared proscribed organisations.
His admission has now given India a very strong ammo in their case against Pakistan.
Late on Friday, May 20, Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said that Sanaullah’s statement “sadly corroborates the view” that Pakistan not only harbours anti-India forces but also backs them in their terrorist acts.
The JuD is led by Hafiz Saeed – the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is one of India’s most wanted men.
File photo of Hafiz Saeed.
Maulana Masood Azhar led JeM was recently involved in the Pathankot terror attacks.
On May 17, the Interpol issued a Red Corner Notice against him and his brother Abdul Rauf in connection with the attack on the Indian Air Force base. While Azhar was also behind the December 2001 Parliament attack, Rauf was involved in the hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-814 in 1999.
File photo of Maulana Masood Azhar.
Yet both Saeed and Azhar roam freely in Pakistan. Saeed is often found addressing political gatherings where he spews venom against India.
While Pakistan continues to shield anti-India forces, China – a close ally of Islamabad – recently thwarted an attempt by India to get a UN ban on Azhar.
But according to Subramanian Swamy, China might take a stand in the UN against Azhar during the visit of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee to Beijing from May 24 to 27.
Swarup said that Sanaullah’s remarks not only corroborates India’s view of Pakistan being a sponsor of terrorist activities but also highlights why there has been little to no action against anti-India forces in the country. “It is up to authorities in Pakistan to address this unfortunate reality in the interest of a normal relationship between our two countries and in the broader interest of Pakistan itself,” he added.