Pakistan minister admits state backing anti-India terror groups, EU to ban landing rights for Pakistani Airlines


Rana-Sanaullah

In an interview to BBC Urdu, Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said that while pro-establishment groups have been declared proscribed organisation and can no longer carry out any activity in the province, it is not possible for the government to take any action as state itself remains involved.

Pakistan’s Punjab province minister today ruled out possibility of any legal action against terror groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawah( JuD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) stating that ‘the state itself has been involved with these groups.

In an interview to BBC Urdu, Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah said that while pro-establishment groups have been declared proscribed organisation and can no longer carry out any activity in the province, it is not possible for the government to take any action as state itself remains involved.

A senior minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province has said the Pakistan government cannot take legal action against terror groups like Jamaat-ud-Dawah or JuD and the Jaish-e-Mohammad or JeM, as the “state itself remained involved” with them.

“How can you prosecute a group with whom the state itself has been involved with?” said Sanaullah.

‘State’ of denial

While Pakistan continues to deny patronising terror groups which have carried out multiple terror attacks in India, Sanaullah’s revelation is expected to increase international pressure on Pakistan to act against all militants groups including the Haqqani network, which is active in Afghanistan.

Pakistan media, quoting officials in Pakistan, have scoffed at evidence presented by India showing the involvement JEM in the Pathankot air base attack. Also, even after India inviting Pakistan to probe into Pathankot attack, Pakistan failed to reciprocate the gesture. The National Investigation Agency still awaits the clearance.

Earlier, Pakistan had also refused to act against  Hafiz Sayeed, the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the terror group Lashkar e Taiba, who is also the mastermind of the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, which killed 160 people.

Lands into ‘No landing’ 

Meanwhile, European Union has asked its representatives in Pakistan to investigate the comments made by Sanaullah. Once the verification of the comments is completed, EU will ban landing rights for Pakistani Airlines to the European Union.

The European Union, which has been so far liberal towards Pakistan’s support to terror groups, is one of Pakistan’s leading trading blocs.

With inputs from PTI

Courtesy: IndiaToday

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