Wed, Apr 26, 2017 | updated 05:10 PM IST

Trump administration will act tough on Pakistan's terror supporting policies

Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:35 IST      
Trump administration will act tough on Pakistan's terror supporting policies

Washington D C [United States], Nov. 17 (ANI): The incoming administration of president-elect Donald Trump is expected to adopt a tough stance with Pakistan insofar as its links with terrorism are concerned.

According to informed sources, the Trump administration is likely to make it known to Islamabad that it will not accept the latter's two-faced policy of seeking American financial assistance while simultaneously supporting terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The former will make it clear to the latter that this policy would have to end immediately or else it will be declared a state sponsor of terrorism.

Sources close to the incoming Trump administration have revealed that there is a growing realization that the millions of dollars pumped into Pakistan's coffers in the hope of that country helping the United States in its fight against terror, has been in vain.

They have understood and are aware that both Pakistan's civilian and military leadership have been providing legitimacy to terrorist groups and their leaders, many of whom are known to have engineered attacks that have killed American citizens and damaged American assets from their safe sanctuaries in Pakistan.

Though Islamabad has attempted to convince the international community of its intentions to act firmly against terrorist hideouts operating from its soil, this façade seems to have been exposed, as according to close foreign policy aides of Trump, there seems to be no intention to dislodge these groups, including the Haqqani Group.

When Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yusuf, visited the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) headquarters in Lahore, it hardly raised any eyebrows in Pakistan.

It is well known fact that the JuD is a front of the militant Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and both are designated as foreign terrorist organisations in the United States. Not only did Yusuf meet JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, a terrorist whose name figures in list of terrorists under the UN Security Council's 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee, but he also addressed a press conference along with Saeed and other JUD leaders.

The eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks launched on Mumbai also falls at the end of this month. It may be recalled that between November 26 to 29, 166 people, including 33 foreigners (four of them Americans) lost their lives to bullets fired by ten LeT-backed terrorists at five locations in India's financial capital, including two luxury hotels, a cafe frequented by foreign tourists, a Jewish Community Centre, a hospital and a railway station. More than 300 others were also injured in the carnage.

American security agencies also found evidence of the LeT trying to broaden its support base in the country.

In 2012, a Pakistani national going by the name of Jubair Ahmad was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment for providing material support to the LeT. He was also known to be in communication with Hafiz Saeed's son, Talha. It is likely that there are many more like him working silently in different parts of America. In the same year, the U.S. government announced a bounty of 10 million dollars on Hafiz Saeed.

In 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also categorised the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) as a terrorist group and an alias of the LeT. While the FIF is projected as a humanitarian organisation by many in Pakistan, according to the U.S. State Department, it is closely connected to the banned LeT and is a new name for the JuD.

The steps taken by the United States to neutralize these terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan notwithstanding, it is evident that these agents of terror have not been affected and in fact, continue to thrive and could soon become an important political force in Pakistan.

Terrorists like Hafiz Saeed continue to be free to hold large rallies, make anti-American statements and threaten to place the Islamic flag in Washington.

The onus therefore, is on the Trump administration to ensure that a tough message is sent out to Pakistan to either act firmly against terrorist groups or be declared a state sponsor of terrorism, said sources familiar with president-elect Trump's thinking on this issue. (ANI)

Yerevan (Armenia), Apr 26 (ANI): Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that the countries that have invested in educating their populations, built strong consumer economies, and have democratic institutions that can deal with social change will benefit.

Full Story >>

New York [USA], Apr. 26 (ANI): A California judge has blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds to "sanctuary cities", the communities that have refused to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after detaining illegal immigrants.

Full Story >>

Kabul [Afghanistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday and discussed Afghanistan and regional security.

Full Story >>

China launches first indigenously built aircraft carrier

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 12:36 IST     

Dalian [China], Apr 26 (ANI): China on Wednesday launched its second aircraft carrier, the first to be developed and built indigenously, in a Dalian shipyard in Liaoning Province.

Full Story >>

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has accused the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) regime of offering him Rs10 billion to back down from the Panamagate case.

Full Story >>

Karachi [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Three militants believed to be associated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Swat (TTS) and Jundullah, a female facilitator and her five-year-old daughter were killed in a paramilitary force operation in Karachi's Urdu Bazaar area.

Full Story >>

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Apr 26 (ANI): Security forces cordoned off a one-storied house at Chapainawabganj's Shibganj upazila in Bangladesh this morning after suspecting the presence of a militant hideout.

Full Story >>

Dawn leaks report to be submitted to PM Sharif today

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 11:12 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan's Ministry of Interior said has received the Dawn leaks report which will be submitted to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today.

Full Story >>

US' THAAD equipment installation underway in South Korea

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 10:20 IST     

Seoul/Seongju [South Korea], April 26 (ANI): The U.S. troops in South Korea began installing the equipment for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced missile defense system.

Full Story >>

Moscow [Russia], Apr 26 (ANI): Representatives of the Russian airline Aeroflot have said that it is reasonable for the female flight attendants to face financial penalties if they are deemed overweight.

Full Story >>

Pakistan: 14 killed as landmine blast hits van in Kurram

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 08:34 IST     

Peshawar [Pakistan], Apr 26 (ANI): At least 14 people were killed when a passenger vehicle hit an anti-tank mine in Gudar area of Central Kurram Agency early Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Washington D.C. [USA], Apr 26 (ANI): Law enforcement officials across six cities in Washington, DC, metropolitan area on Wednesday will conduct a full scale drill to prepare for terror attacks.

Full Story >>

Rod Rosenstein set to be next U.S. Deputy Attorney General

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:58 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): After a 94-6 Senate vote, Rod Rosenstein was confirmed to be the next deputy attorney general.

Full Story >>

Canada outsmarted American politicians for years: Trump

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:57 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): In a surprising move, especially after the recent pleasant diplomatic exchange between the two neighbours, President Donald Trump trained his guns on Canada saying the nation has been "very rough on the United States".

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the Canadian government officially confirming its plans to legalise marijuana with an addendum that it will not include a blanket pardon for those with past pot convictions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted that his late brother was once charged with marijuana possession and that their father's connections and intervention helped in making the charges "go away".

Full Story >>

Buckle up! Uber to launch 'flying cars' by 2020

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 05:22 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Uber is literally aiming for the skies as the tech company announced that it has struck partnerships with the cities of Dallas and Dubai to demonstrate a network of flying cars by 2020.

Full Story >>

Berlin: Ivanka Trump booed for defending her father

Updated: Apr 26, 2017 04:38 IST     

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): Upon defending her father at a women's panel in Berlin and trying to portray him as a committed individual to women's issues, the U.S. President's daughter Ivanka Trump was met with boos and hisses by the attendees.

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): With the intent of combating 'fake news' in the industry, the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales has announced the launch of a news platform that will bring journalists together with a legion of fact checkers- the "Wikitribune."

Full Story >>

New York [U.S.], Apr. 26 (ANI): On the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's National Days of Remembrance, President Donald Trump strongly condemned anti-Semitism and swore that he will always stand with the Jewish people and with 'great partner and friend' Israel.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], April 26 (ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult.

Full Story >>