Saudi, UAE Assist Annual $100 Mln For Terrorist Actives In Pakistan: Report
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates is funding annual $100 million for terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.
According to letter Reference: S E C R E T STATE 131801, EO 12958 DECL: 12/28/2019:
While the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) takes seriously the threat of terrorism within Saudi Arabia, it has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority. Due in part to intense focus by the USG over the last several years, Saudi Arabia has begun to make important progress on this front and has responded to terrorist financing concerns raised by the United States through proactively investigating and detaining financial facilitators of concern. Still, donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide. Continued senior-level USG engagement is needed to build on initial efforts and encourage the Saudi government to take more steps to stem the flow of funds from Saudi Arabia-based sources to terrorists and extremists worldwide.
Militants seeking donations often come during the hajj pilgrimage, even a small donation can go far: LeT operates on a budget of just $5.25m (£3.25m) a year, according to American estimates.
The Afghan Taliban and their militant partners the Haqqani network earn “significant funds” through UAE-based businesses, according to one report.
In common with its neighbours Kuwait is described as a “source of funds and a key transit point” for al-Qaida and other militant groups. While the government has acted against attacks on its own soil, it is “less inclined to take action against Kuwait-based financiers and facilitators plotting attacks outside of Kuwait”.
Kuwait has refused to ban the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a charity the US designated a terrorist entity in June 2008 for providing aid to al-Qaida and affiliated groups, including LeT.
There is little information about militant fundraising in the fourth Gulf country singled out, Qatar, other than to say its “overall level of CT co-operation with the US is considered the worst in the region”.
The funding quagmire extends to Pakistan itself, where the US cables detail sharp criticism of the government’s ambivalence towards funding of militant groups that enjoy covert military support.
The funds for terrorists in Pakistan also be paid by politicians in Punjab and Balochistan.
The PPP supporters are naturally taking aim at the Punjab government, by raking up its Law Minister’s links with sectarian activists, thus putting up the allegation that the PML-N is a pro-sectarian party. This is also meant to convince the USA that the PML-N, if it comes to office in the general election, will not be as reliable an ally in the war on terror as the PPP has been.
The Balochistan has been used in the occupation of Afghanistan, and the USA would want to use it in any invasion of Iran.
Also, the USA claims that Taliban chief Mullah Omar is in Quetta. All this in a province that is already destabilised by the war on terror, and already faces an armed uprising, missing persons aplenty and ethnic killings.
It is, perhaps, worth noting that the recent events did not involve the war on terror, but the allegation is that there is an attempt to influence domestic politics.
According to reports, “Organisations like the LeJ, the SSP and the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jammat (ASWJ) are politically convenient, especially for all the Punjab-based political parties and even the present Punjab government of Pakistan Muslim League-N – and they will not go beyond a certain point to enrage them.”
The LeJ, which claimed responsibility for these attacks, is born out of SSP. It also has ties with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In fact, some of the top TTP leaders, like the current spokesperson, Ehsanullah Ehsan, were all members of LeJ in Punjab, before they became part of the TTP.
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