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Pakistan should sanction those groups fueling insurgency in Afghanistan

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Pakistan should sanction those groups fueling insurgency in Afghanistan
 The Pakistan government has proscribed the organizations that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has put on the terrorist list.
Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday issued an ordinance amending the Anti-Terrorism Act to declare as terrorist the organizations sanctioned by the UNSC.As the result of the ordinance, approved by the Pakistani president and issued by the country’s Law Ministry, the neighboring country’s government will be able to take action against these organizations.
A special UNSC team visited Pakistan last month to assess the implementation of sanctions on Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) and other proscribed outfits.
Meanwhile, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) said companies had been barred from donating cash to the entities and individuals listed under the UNSC sanctions committee’s consolidated list.
The list includes Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, JuD, FiF, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other organizations and individuals.
The Trump administration had earlier slapped sanctions on four Taliban and two Haqqani network leaders for terrorist activities and asked Pakistan to work with the US to deny the terror groups safe haven on its soil and target their funding.
Meanwhile, the government of Afghanistan has time and again called on UN and the US to sanction those terrorists enjoying safe havens in Pakistan and carrying out destructive activities in Afghanistan. Some Afghan politicians and Jihadi leaders even has asked UN to put sanctions on Pakistani military and intelligence officials too.
The National Unity Government seeks peace through imposing sanctions and increasing pressures on the armed oppositions of the government. The government believes that with the inclusion of the names of the leaders of the Taliban the way for peace will be paved.
Pakistan announced to support the international community in the war against terrorism. The pledge was made at the stage but behind the curtain, Islamabad is still harboring and supporting trans-regional terrorist organizations. 
The Taliban and Haqqani Network are no exception. These trans-regional insurgent groups have not only attacked civilians and military installations in Afghanistan but also in India, China, Iran, Central Asia and Russia. 
If the global community is serious in eliminating terrorism, then it should start from Pakistan. They shall build crippling pressure over Islamabad to eliminate all those non-state actors who are killing people in the region. 
If the neighboring country does not handover the militants to Kabul then Afghanistan shall approach the UN Security Council, besides asking the US, Russia and China for sanctions against Pakistan. Sanctions will force the latter to put aside its expansionist designs by eliminating the mercenaries.
 

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