Pakistan has yet again resorted to misleading the global community days ahead of a crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Bangkok.
Pakistan is registering fake Police First Information Reports (FIRs) against terror groups on its soil. Sources on July 1 said Pakistan has attempted to mislead the global community. As per sources, an FIR had been registered at Gujranwala Police Station against a land deal by members of banned Daawat-wal-Irshad, a subsidiary organisation of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), which is headed by Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.
The FIR has been drafted in lay terms and may not stand the scrutiny of law at subsequent stages, say legal sources. As per the press, the copy states:
"It is submitted that at 1:30 pm, the undersigned along with Mumtaz Ahmed ASI, Irfan Ahmed 1199/C and Rizwan Azam 1184/C was present near Usman Chowk Malikwal and the source informed that Muhammed Ali s/o Salim Akhtar caste Rajput r/o Malikwal city provides a piece of land (18 Maria and 6 Sarsai) with its Khaiwat number 449, Khatoni No. 839 to 840, located near Usman Chowk (Rana Town) Mohalla Faisalabad, district Malikwal to banned Daawat-wal-Irshad, a subsidiary organisation of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, knowing that banned LeT and DwI are involved in terrorist activities and the mentioned property will be used for propagation of terrorist activities and by using this property, these banned organizations can collect funds for the terrorist activities and financial help of the terrorists".
However, there is nothing in the FIR against LeT chief Hafiz Muhammed Saeed. In addition, there is no lead on four others- Abdul Ghaffar, Hafiz Masood, Amir Hamza and Malik Zafar Iqbal about the time since the land was in possession of these terrorists.
"The aforesaid persons, who are members of banned LeT and trustees of banned trust Daawat-wal-Irshad, used the mentioned property for terrorist activities. They also used it for terrorist financing by collecting funds and also used the property for the propagation of terrorist activities", says the FIR
Also, the FIR has nothing mentioned about Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) or Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF). The FIR mentions the name of Daawat-wal-Irshad, an old name of JuD. Experts have asserted that each individual's role has also not been listed and the timeline of the offence has also not been mentioned in the FIR. The FIR further states that:
"Muhammed Ali s/o Salim Akhtar, caste Rajput committed the offence under ATA/1997, II-H3 (a)(b) by providing the mentioned property of LeT and Daawat-wal-Irshad and the persons namely Abdul Ghaffar, Hafiz Masood, Amir Hamza, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Malik Zafar Iqbal acquired the property for terrorist activities, collection of funds, terrorism financing and committed the offence under ATA/1977, 11F(2),(5),(6)/11H2/11-1/11-N".
A legal expert said that the FIR has used generalized words for acts of terrorism, instead of specific acts connected with the law. A source said that the report did not mention the specifics of the crime, adding that the whole exercise is designed to pull the wool over the eyes of the FATF.
The final FATF meeting is expected to be held in the first week of October. It will take a crucial decision on whether to exclude Pakistan from the grey list or keep it or if Pakistan should be kept in the blacklist. Among the 27 point action plan, seven are related to proscribed outfits involved in terror financing. Hence, in a bid to save itself from any possible sanctions by the FATF, an inter-governmental body in Pakistan is using gimmicks in the form of making weak and fake cases against the proscribed terror outfits knowing fully well that they do not have legal standing other than to just make a point with the FATF - which is blatantly misleading as evidenced by the nature of the FIR's being filed against the terror groups and their supporters.
(With Agency Inputs)