Pakistan has spent millions of rupees on terror outfit Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), the country’s Interior Minister admitted on national television.
Brigadier Ijaz Ahmed Shah said the Imran Khan government has spent millions of rupees on the terror outfit to ‘attach’ them to the mainstream.
Speaking to journalist Nadeem Malik during a talk show aired on a Pakistani private news channel — Hum News, the minister said, “We have spent millions of rupees on JuD. We need to demotivate the members of the proscribed organisation and bring them down to the mainstream.”
Earlier, during his maiden visit to the United States in July, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had made a similar revelation that his country still has about 30,000 to 40,000 militants “who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir.”
Imran Khan had also said that before his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government came into power, the governments did not have the “political will” to disarm militant groups operating on their soil.
During a separate event, the Pakistani Prime Minister also said they had 40 different militant groups operating within its borders.
Minister Shah’s comments seem to be a face-saving measure ahead of the upcoming meeting of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in October.
The watchdog is expected to submit its final evaluation report on Islamabad’s action plan to curb terror financing next month. Last month, the FATF’s regional affiliate Asia-Pacific Group (APG) had put Pakistan in the enhanced expedited follow-up list, a category reserved for countries having major deficiencies in their anti-money-laundering and counter-financing of terrorism framework and implementation.
In another major embarrassing admission during the talk show, the minister also said that Islamabad has failed to get support from the international community over its stand on Kashmir issue.