To break Jaish-e-Mohammad, Pakistan must act against al-Rahmat trust
New Delhi, Jan 11: India expects Pakistan to act against those who masterminded the Pathankot attack. Investigations have revealed that it was the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) which had carried out this attack.
The JeM today shares a cozy relationship with the ISI and this is probably one of the reasons why the al-Rahmat trust continues to operate in Pakistan.
The al-Rahmat trust is the financial wing of the JeM. It plays the same role that the Jamaat-ud-Dawa does for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The al-Rahmat trust raises funds in large numbers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. It claims that the money is used to construct Mosques and also pay pension to the widows of those who have died fighting for the outfit.
Proscribed by US:
In the year 2010 the US had proscribed the al-Rahmat trust on the ground that it was operating as a front for the JeM.
However, in Pakistan no such action has been taken and the trust continues to operate freely. Indian officials argue that as long as this trust is allowed to function, the JeM will remain strong.
Moreover, the trust also funds the publication of magazines such as al-Qalam which are available openly in Pakistan.
This was a magazine started by the JeM chief, Maualana Masood Azhar to propagate on behalf of his outfit. He writes in this magazine under the name Saadi.
Indian officials who have given evidence regarding the role of the JeM in the Pathankot attack say that Pakistan is unlikely to act against the trust which funds the outfit.
"We expect Pakistan to take concrete action and not carry out eye wash arrests like what they did post 26/11," officials also point out.
The fact that Pakistan is not acting against the JeM became clear when India decided to call off peace talks.
National Security Advisor (NSA), Ajit Doval made it clear that the action taken by Pakistan must satisfy India. The message was clear that India does not expect an eye wash but concrete action.