Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin works with the ISI: Documents out

6th September 2020

6th September 2020

Pakistan is moving heavens to avoid being “blacklisted” by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) but a recent document would put them in an awkward position in the next plenary meeting of the body.

An official Pakistani document states that Syed Salahuddin, chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, a banned terrorist group, worked with the Inter-Services Intelligence of the country, notoriously called the ISS.

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) are the terrorist outfits that are related to the Salahuddin led umbrella organisation, United Jihad Council (UJC).

Salahuddin has a certified letter which states that he can't be stopped at any security checkpoints unnecessarily.

As per a Times of India report, The letter is issued in the name of director/commanding officer Wajahat Ali Khan and states that it is certified with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Islamabad.

The letter is valid until December 31, 2020 and reads, “He is bona fide official of this department,” and also shares the details of the Salahuddin's ride, Toyota Land Cruiser ZX (V8).

This letter has made Pakistan's efforts crystal clear in eliminating the terrorism which is emerging from its soil.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has extended the deadline of June's plenary meeting with Pakistan regarding the 27-point action plan due to COVID-19 and asked Islamabad to ensure the submission of the plan.

Pakistan's action plan to counter terror funding and money-laundering will be analysed by the FATF in the next plenary.

FATF, global money laundering, and terrorist financing watchdog will also verify the letter issued to the Hizbul chief before making any decision.

Pakistan came into the grey list of FATF in June 2018 and it placed 27 conditions on Pakistan for compliance to review in September 2019.

Since then, the review meeting has been extended a least three times and Pakistan has not been successful in removing its name from the grey list by complying with the conditions.

Pakistan's PM Imran Khan has warned India to stop its lobbying to put Pakistan in FATF's blacklist otherwise India's economy would be destroyed.

Imran Khan said India would suffer the same challenges as Iran is facing if Pakistan is placed in the blacklist.

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