Vague policies are leading to crisis

Pakistan has launched yet another crackdown against Jamaat-Ud-Dawa in order to save face at the Financial Action Task Force meeting (FATF is an intergovernmental organisation working against illegal finances and transactions) meeting next week in Paris. Pakistan fears that the meeting could result in the participants’ adoption of US backed motion to place Pakistan on the global terror financing watch list. The move is being backed by the UK, Germany and France as well. The whole diplomatic machinery of Pakistan is busy in pacifying the meandering course of the motion, aside from preparing proof of action it took against the terrorist outfits prescribed by the UN.

If the motion is taken up and approved, it could result in gravely damage Pakistan’s economy, which is already being crushed under international debt. The worst case scenario would be a significant reduction in foreign investment.

Pakistan has launched a crackdown on several UN proscribed outfits, including JuD, in the past in an attempt to appease the international community, however they remained unsatisfied. Pakistan is trying to avert the motion by launching another crackdown to curb JuD’s influence

Pakistan launched operations against the JuD and its subsidiary body Falah e Insaniyat Foundation (FIF), with Hafiz Saeed being placed under house arrest several times. But, they were relieved in court as the prosecution failed to produce concrete solid evidence against the organisations and their leadership.

In wake of the upcoming FATF meeting, Pakistan has taken two steps – promulgation of a presidential ordinance according to which every person or entity, who is declared proscribed by the UN, will automatically be proscribed in Pakistan- and the launch of a crackdown against JuD under which the state is taking over all assets including hospitals, schools, ambulance service and other charity-related assets owned by them, which provides another challenge for Pakistan.

Both decisions have attracted further difficulties. The presidential ordinance needs ratification by the parliament in 120 days, with government facing a tough time while trying to integrate the ordinance into a permanent law. The other challenge, which is taking over JuD owned facilities and running them, might be even trickier as it would burden the national economy.

The main action against JuD is taking place in Punjab, and media personnel, including Truth Tracker wanted to know how the government of Punjab or the federal government will operate the huge network of schools, medical centres and ambulance services, however Punjab Government’s spokesman, Malik Ahmad Khan, and Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah, have failed to respond to these queries.

The vague anti-terror policies introduced by Pakistan are attracting critics locally and globally. The nation continues to pay the price for mismanaged policies in the form of terrorism, poverty, lawlessness and price-hikes. It is high-time for the government to adopt a clear-minded state. Pakistan should either face the music with a brave face, or give up on ambiguous policies altogether.

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