In an astounding revelation, a senior minister in Pakistan’s Punjab province has said that government cannot take legal action against terrorist groups like Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) as the “state itself remained involved” with them.
Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah, in an interview to BBC Urdu, was asked why legal action has never been taken against anti-India groups in the province which were close to the “establishment”.
“By pro-establishment groups if you mean JuD and JeM, then let me tell you that they have been declared proscribed organisations and they can no longer carry out any activity in the province,” he told the channel.
Sanaullah rejected chances of any legal action against the groups saying “How can you prosecute a group with whom the state itself has been involved with?”.
India accuses Pakistan of patronising terror groups like JuD and JeM who carry out terror attacks in the country. Pakistan however refutes the charge calling them “non-state actors” who are not in its control.
Candid admission by Punjab minister about the Pakistani state’s past relations with JuD and JeM may rise international pressure on the country to act against all terrorists groups including the Haqqani network active in Afghanistan.