ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khurram Dastagir on Wednesday stated that the operation against Jamatud Dawa (JuD) was being held under the umbrella of Operation Raddul Fasaad.

In an interview with BBC, the minister also categorically denied the rumours that the crackdown against Hafiz Saeed’s organisation had anything to do with the pressure from United States of America (USA) and stated that the operation was a unilateral step, taken in line with the counter-terrorism narrative of the Pakistani state.

Earlier, the government of Pakistan barred Hafiz Saeed’s JuD and its charity organisations, as well as several other such organisations named in a list of banned outfits by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from collecting funds.

Khurram Dastagir stated that there were no hideouts of militants in Pakistan as all such establishments were eliminated by Pakistan army in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.

The minister further asked the US to give details of terrorists in Pakistan so that the national security forces could hold operations there. He said that Pakistan was economically stable and in a position to support its armed forces.

He also clarified that the US cannot fight a war against Afghanistan on Pakistan‘s land.
Dastgir further stated that America should work together for the development of the region instead of saying ‘do more’ and ‘no more’. He stated that no one should give a deadline to Pakistan as it is an independent state and termed Trump’s recent tweet as a view of extremism.

Khurram Dastgir Khan claimed that the US has given Pakistan “nothing but invective and mistrust”, and claimed that the US officials “overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis”.