‘Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban’ or Haqqani Network: State Department

US-aid-Pakistan-chartTable of US Foreign Assistance to Pakistan from the US Department of State’s Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.

The US Department of State said “Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or HQN [Haqqani Network]” and has done little to deter home-grown jihadist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. The US government continues to provide nearly $800 million in financial aid despite Pakistan’s historical and continuing support for jihadist groups that are actively fighting US troops in Afghanistan and plotting terrorist attacks across the globe.

The Department of State noted Pakistan’s unwillingness to deal with its preferred jihadist groups in the newly released Country Reports on Terrorism 2015.

“Afghanistan, in particular, continued to experience aggressive and coordinated attacks by the Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani Network (HQN), and other insurgent and terrorist groups,” the State report says. “A number of these attacks were planned and launched from safe havens in Pakistan.”

After noting the military and government target jihadist groups such as the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan that continue to launch deadly attacks against the state and civilian institutions, State says that Pakistan has done little to deal with jihadist groups fighting in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan did not take substantial action against the Afghan Taliban or HQN, or substantially limit their ability to threaten US interests in Afghanistan,” State notes.

“Pakistan has also not taken sufficient action against other externally-focused groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which continued to operate, train, organize, and fundraise in Pakistan,” State continues.

Additionally, while Pakistan “reportedly banned media coverage of US- and UN-designated terrorist organizations such as Jamaat-u-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FiF), both of which are aliases of Lashkar-e-Taiba … the government did not otherwise constrain those groups’ fundraising activities.”

Hafiz Saeed, the leader of LeT/JuD/FiF, who is also a UN-designated terrorist “was able to make frequent public appearances in support of the organization’s objectives,” without Pakistan raising a finger to stop him.

Also, State points out the “slow pace of trial proceedings” for the accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, which was plotted and executed from Pakistan. Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s operational planner of the deadly Mumbai assault, has been freed from detention.

“Lakhvi was released from prison on bail in April 2015 and the Government of Pakistan reports he remained under house arrest at the end of 2015,” State reports. However, Pakistan has placed other terrorist leaders, such as Hafiz Saeed, under house arrest in the past, but this has done nothing to constrain their activities.

Despite State’s criticism of Pakistan, the department said the country “remained a critical counterterrorism partner in 2015.”

Additionally, State says that Pakistan continues to receive large sums of “Foreign Assistance.” While the amount of aid has decreased over the past three years, US continues to give Pakistan hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Pakistan received $1.237 billion in total foreign assistance in 2013 (including $280 million in military aid), $853 million in 2014 ($270 million in military aid), and $787 million in 2015 ($265 million in military aid).

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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  • El Chapo says:

    That mean opening another front. More war, more loss and gain for India. US new poodle. Pakistan enemies plate is already full. No more war and no more aid for Pakistan. Pakistan has lost more than US.

  • Evan says:

    All this report from State does is belatedly confirm what is already widely known, Pakistan is a part of the problem, they take money from the west, and view groups like LET as strategic depth against India, they play both sides, and have done more than any other country on Earth when it comes to aiding, encouraging, arming, training and funding terrorists, not to mention the all important safe haven that Pakistan provides in the lawless supposed “F.A.T.A.”

    This report doesn’t go far enough in detailing the deceptions and competing, completely diametrically opposed strategic goals of Pakistan, and the U.S.

  • Devendra K Sood says:

    Pakistan is a deadly snake you embrace at your own peril. It will bite you eventually. It just can not help itself. IT’S A SNAKE. Americans MUST understand that when it comes to Islam the Pakistanis will ALWAYS stab us Americans in the back no matter how eggrigious the crime of a Muslim is. the only way to teach Pakistan a lesson is to shut off ALL aid. NONE. ZERO. ZILCH. And, then see what happens. Pakistan is not such a critical country that America makes it out to be. If Pakistan broke apart today; we could not see any worse coming from that cursed land. Actually, the terrorists without the backing of the Pakistani State may be weakend or eeven just wither away in the best case scenario.

  • Rob Franklin says:

    Pakistan will always support the enemy since they started the Taliban a very long time ago. As long as the ISI remain in power this government will continue to support those they are supposed to be fighting again.

    This country now is a joke, we should stop all monies


  • Birbal Dhar says:

    Utter madness from the US to give any foreign assistance to Pakistan. At the end of it, it will go to the Pakistani military and its ISI wing, who are no different to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and other terrorist organisations. In fact the US is indirectly supporting islamic terrorists.

  • Dennis says:

    It’s probably a deal with the devil and cheaper than if we had to resupply Afghanistan in any other way. It’s a true shame having to align with such despots and murderers to achieve so little return on “investment” .

  • Arjuna says:

    America willfully deludes herself when it comes to everything Pakistan. The only “real” part of this relationship is where the money and bodies pile up, and in that sphere we are hopelessly sans strategy and tying ourselves up in nice, little legal knots that ensure we can never win against a patient and determined adversary by a payoff here and a hit there. We should drone this mosque in Lahore, now:
    Currently, he [Saeed] lives in Lahore, Pakistan in a “fortified house, office and mosque” that is guarded by Pakistani police and his supporters.


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