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Exclusive: Pakistan protects Hafiz Saeed, blocks access to terrorists’ list

In a major expose, India Today has accessed documents of proscribed people in Pakistan which is kept under lock on the NACTA (National Counter Terrorism Authority) website by Pakistan.

After exposing Pakistan for not officially banning the terror organisations JuD and FIF even after Islamabad had announced the same, India Today further investigated the status of the proscribed persons’ or UN designated terrorists on the NACTA website.

When tried, the list of terrorists does not open. Pakistan has blocked access to that list. However, India Today used various tools and managed to access the archives.

It was revealed that the NACTA website was opened only for a brief period, from January 11 to February 20, to convince the international community of Paksitan’s transparency. It was done just ahead of the opening of the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international financial watchdog. Now, the website is unaccessible again.

Pakistan government’s inaction against JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, despite acknowledging that he is a terrorist, has raised many questions.

Is it possible that he has been on the terror list without evidence? And if not, then why is Pakistan still seeking evidence against the designated terrorist form India?

This comes at a time when the United Nations rejected Hafiz Saeed’s plea for removal from list of banned terrorists. JuD chief and 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind had approached the UN to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists in 2017.

The UN informed Hafiz Saeed’s lawyer that it has been decided following examination of his request that that he will “continue as a listed individual”, sources said.

Pakistan denying visa to the UN team led by Ombudsperson Daniel Kipfer Fasciati who wanted to visit Pakistan to interview Hafiz Saeed and verify facts is proof that Pakistan is shielding the designated terrorist.

Meanwhile Pakistan PM Imran Khan on Friday said that he was determined to act against terrorism.

As per the national action plan. We will not allow any armed group or militia to operate and survive in Pakistan, he said.

However, India Today’s investigation has proved that Pakistan continues to deceive the international community by cosmetic action and protects terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed.

Source: indiatoday.in

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