NEW DELHI: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval flagged terror, especially Pakistan’s direct involvement in terror financing, at the unannounced and ‘secret’ meeting with his counterpart Nasser Khan Janjua in Bangkok on Sunday.
Express has accessed copies of documents that India has given to Pakistan at the meeting. In the dossiers, India bluntly told Pakistan that terror factories continue to operate on its soil because state-backed terror financing mechanism has been allowed to grow by state actors. India also handed over clinching evidence to Janjua establishing the role of Pakistan’s state actors in terror funding. In fact, India provided detailed accounts of cases that tie Pakistan to terror outfits.
The documents say Hafeez Sayeed’s Jamaat-Ud-Dawah is using a charity organisation Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) as a front to fund Lashkar-e-Toiba’s terror activities but no action has been taken by Pakistani authorities. Hizbul-Mujahideen, which emerged as the biggest threat in Jammu & Kashmir by recruiting locals, is using Al Hilal trust as a front to generate funding.
Both FIF and Al Hilal are sheltered by Pakistan authorities and the ISI. India also raised the issue of Dawood Ibrahim, 26/11 and Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, military commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba and key planner of Mumbai terror attacks. Despite overwhelming evidence provided by India and Pakistan’s own federal investigative agency, the trial of 26/11 accused has been delayed by Pakistani authorities. India believes evidence was not produced on time in the court to nail the terrorists behind the attacks.
Besides, the Indian dossiers named suspects behind terror outfits and their finances while giving details of intelligence gathered by Indian agencies as well as inputs received from foreign agencies and those gleaned from interrogation of arrested operatives. A suspect arrested in September last year had given the name of an ISI official deputed to coordinate and finance activities of Sikh militants sheltered by Pakistan authorities.
As per the intelligence agencies’ disclosures, secret funds generated by the ISI are used for funding Sikh militants’ anti-India operation. The major general level officer is part of a larger network involving Pakistani civil and even foreign officials. India has asked Pakistan to take immediate action against the racket and crackdown on charities funding the terror outfits.