Pak close to being acknowledged an open state promoting terrorism: BJP

| Updated: Aug 17, 2016 17:16 IST

New Delhi, Aug. 17 (ANI): With Pakistan apparently 'relaxing' the media regulatory authority's ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed thereby allowing him to appear on private TV channels to advocate the cause of Kashmiris, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said Islamabad is very close to being acknowledged as an open state that promotes terrorism and allows terrorists to roam freely. Speaking to ANI, BJP leader Nalin Kohli said this is yet another example of Pakistan 'double standards' on terrorism. "Pakistan is also losing thousands of lives to this monster that they have created and the world also is getting worried because this terrorism naturally gets exported outside. India being the next door neighbour has faced this for decades and now the world is also seeing," he added. Since the violence erupted in Kashmir, the JuD chief is back on private TV channels. In the last one week, Saeed appeared on a couple of private news channels' talk shows, where he openly accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government of killing 'innocent' Kashmiris. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had in November last year directed all television channels not to provide coverage to the JuD, its front Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) and about 60 other proscribed organisations and their leaders. The PEMRA warned the electronic media of legal action, in terms of fine, suspension or cancellation of license, if they were found flouting the order. (ANI)