On Friday, Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran said there’s no space for any “jihadi outfits or culture” in Pakistan. During interaction with media persons in his office, Khan mentioned that Pakistan is not only a peace-loving country, but it has made sincere efforts to eliminate “Jihadism” culture and terrorism from the country through short-term and long-term policies.
Dawn quoted Khan saying that as a matter of fact, no country in the world could allow private militias to operate at will.
Pakistan Prime Minister made the statement at the time when the international pressure was increasing for taking enough correct steps against the militancy raising on the Pakistan soil.
Earlier this week, pointing towards Pulwama terror attack, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in a radio interview, warned Pakistan that another terror attack in future on India will result in “extremely problematic” conditions.
In recent days, the tensions between the two nations, India and Pakistan have escalated after a deadly Pulwama attack which killed 40 security personnel in Jammu And Kashmir on February 14.
However, during the meeting, Prime Minister Khan denied giving a direct reply on remarks of Pompeo, but said, “Here is a situation that on the one hand India is wrongly blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack just because Jaish accepted responsibility, and on the other, even Iran is complaining that militant groups have been using our soil to carry out attacks.”
Further talking about counter-terrorism moves were recently undertaken by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, Khan asserted that all parties gave the sign of thumbs up to the implementation of National Action Plan (NAP) and excluding militancy in the region.
Imran Khan gave his word to take action against the terrorist groups that “have existed since the days of the US-led Afghan war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and have operated from the Pakistani soil for decades.”
The Financial Action Task Force (FAFT) had put Pakistan in grey-list in June 2018 and given a 27-point action plan, which was further reviewed for the second time in this month.
The international terror funding director decided to continue Pakistan’s grey-listing for its failure to stop financing terrorist groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, and Lashkar-e-Taiba.