In 2017, the US report mentioned that the Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist groups continue to pose a regional threat in the subcontinent and that Pakistan not adequately addresses America’s concerns on terrorism. According to the annual Country Reports on Terrorism US State Department has said that “ al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been seriously degraded, remnants of its global leadership, as well as it is regional affiliate al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent exploited as safe havens”
It was earlier mentioned that“ Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba continued to pose a regional threat in the subcontinent. Pakistan adequately did not address these concerns in 2017. However, Pakistan’s National Action Plan calls to “ ensure that no armed militias are allowed to function in the country” several terrorist groups focused on attacks outside of the country continued to drive from Pakistani soil in 2017.”
It further mentioned in US report that from August to December 2017, the Trump administration placed a pause on spending new Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan, holding these funds until Pakistan convey key US concerns, including the threat posed by the Haqqani Network and other terrorist groups that enjoyed safe haven.”
The report of State Department said that “ these groups included the Haqqani Network, besides the LeT and JeM which are directed against India. Though Pakistan continues military operations to eradicate terrorist safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, their impact on all terrorist groups was uneven.” However, it is said that the military of Pakistani and security forces took operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan, Such as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Through report it revealed that “ Pakistan did not take sufficient action against other externally focused groups such as Lashkar e- Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish e- Mohammed (JeM) in 2017, which continued to drive or operate, train, organize, and fundraise in Pakistan.”
The State Department also added that the progress remained slow on the Pakistan government’s efforts to implement US Sanctions related to designated entities and enforce anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism AML/CFT controls.”
By observing Let and Jaish the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has said that “ it continued to note with concern that Pakistan’s outstanding gaps in the implementation of the UN Security Council ISIS and al- Qaeda sanctions regime have not been resolved, and that UN-listed entities- including LeT and it is affiliates-were not effectively prohibited from raising funds in Pakistan, nor were they denied financial services.”
On the other end, it has said that “ Pakistan’s laws technically comply with international anti-money laundering/ countering the financing of terrorism standards, authorities failed to uniformly implement UN sanctions related to designated entities and individuals such as LeT and its affiliates, which continued to make use of economic resources raise funds.”