According to Pakistan's interior minister, the government has overtaken all operational units of Hafiz Saeed's Jamat-ud-Dawa and Masood Azhar's Jaish-e-Mohammad
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Brigadier Retired Ijaz Ahmed Shah has spilled the beans on the country’s plans against banned outfits like Jamat-ud-Dawa (JUD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) led by Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, respectively.
In an interview, Ijaz Ahmed Shah said Jamat-ud-Dawa had never hurt Pakistan with any of its activities, adding that such banned outfits need to be transformed and mainstreamed.
JUD never did anything to hurt Pakistan, he said.
When asked about why the current government was taking action against JuD when they did not do anything against Pakistan, Ijaz Ahmed Shah said: We are taking action against them because we have decided that enough is enough. Hafiz Saeed is behind bars and he is facing the charges.
Talking about JeM chief Masood Azhar, Ijaz Ahmed Shah said that a case could not be built against him without any circumstantial evidence, but assured that he also will face the cases.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah confessed that Pakistan has facilitated the United States and the CIA in training and exporting jihadis to Afghanistan to fight.
Pak Interior Minister said the government is now going to mainstream these banned outfits.
This decision by the government will let us control all jihadist organisations and have the rule of law in this country. There have to be no warlords, no terrorists. We have told them that we will not allow our soil to be used for terrorism. But at the same time, it is our responsibility to bring them into the mainstream of life by giving them jobs and other norms and facilities of life, the Pak minister said in the interview.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah said that no installation under JuD or JeM was operating in the country anymore as the government has taken control of all of their operative units.
I do not have the figures but the government has decided to allocate billions of rupees to run the installations taken under control from these organisations. It is a state decision and should be appreciated, he said.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah went on to say that everyone should support this decision by the government because it is in the interest of the country.
Talking about Pakistan’s ongoing progress against money laundering and terror financing at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) the Pak minister said, We have made considerable progress. Even though the world and the opposition parties are criticising that we are going after everyone, we are going against all those who are doing money laundering and terror financing. And when we catch them, then everyone says that the country’s economy has crippled."
Ijaz Shah lashed out at the ruling elite, that had taken over the country’s operation for decades, for being responsible of making Pakistan untrustworthy and unreliable state to the world.
He said the world does not want to listen to Pakistan on Kashmir, adding that they are listening to India but not Pakistan.
Today, no one hears our voice. The world is not listening to our case on Kashmir. Even though we are telling the truth that there are people suffering in Jammu and Kashmir. They do not have medicines and water. Yet the world is not listening to us. They are listening to India, he said.
This is because the ruling elite of this country, who have ruled this land, have created a reputation of being unreliable. Every leader who has ruled this country is responsible for the reputation Pakistan has today, he added.
Ijaz Ahmed Shah’s statement comes at a time when Pakistan’s progress is being reviewed at the FATF, with its fate hanging in the balance of the final decision in October this year.