The Pakistani officials have claimed that the United States has blocked the UN sanctions on Jamaat-u-Ahrr (JuA) leader Umer Khalid Khurasani after it was revealed that the Pakistan had included Khurasani’s location as Afghanistan in its application to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee, it has been reported.
Senior diplomatic sources have told Dawn News that the Foreign Office has informally learnt that the process has been held up because of an objection by the United States.
The sources have further added that the US objected to Pakistani request for Khurasani’s listing because of his location that has been mentioned as Afghanistan.
“The Americans inject politics into the sanctions regime and practice double standards. They are not listing the leader of a terrorist entity who is targeting Pakistan. Merely because he is operating from Afghanistan,” a Pakistani official has told Dawn News.
This comes as relations between Islamabad and Washignton remains strained following the announcement of the new US strategy for South Asia by US President Donald Trump last year.
President Trump had slammed Islamabad for remaining short to act against the terrorist and militant groups using its soil to plan and coordinate attacks in Afghanistan.
The Afghan and US officials believe that the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still have safe havens in Pakistan from where they plan attacks in Afghanistan, a claim which has repeatedly been rejected by Islamabad.