Imran Khan says 'won't allow terror groups to use our territory', bans Hafiz Saeed from leading Friday prayers

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2019, 09.00 PM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

Imran Khan. Photograph:( AFP )

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'Pakistan's territory will not be used for any kind terrorism outside. My government will not allow that,' Imran Khan said. 

26/11 mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief, Hafiz Saeed, on Friday was stopped from leading the Imam's prayer from Jamia Masjid Qadsia Mosque in Lahore. Jamia Masjid Qadsia is the headquarters of the United Nations listed terror group Jammat-ud-Dawa. 

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Pakistan's Punjab government had taken over the mosque as part of its crackdown on the terror group. The development comes days after Pak government had put Saeed's Jammat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat (FiF) foundation under the ban list.

But New Delhi will see it as an eyewash given the fact that Pakistan has been initiating such measures after almost every major terror attack in India.

Meanwhile, Pak prime minister Imran Khan said that his government will not allow its territory to be used by terror groups.

He said, "Under the National Action Plan, we will not allow any terrorist group to use Pakistani territory. We will not allow any armed militia to function in this country. This is for the betterment of Pakistan."

"Pakistan's territory will not be used for any kind terrorism outside. My government will not allow that," he added. 

His comments came even as global pressure grows on Islamabad to act on terror infrastructure. US, UK, France, Australia and many other countries have been calling on Pakistan to act on terror groups on its territory after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 that killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. 

US State Department has urged "Pakistan to take sustained, irreversible action against terrorist groups that will prevent future attacks and that will promote regional stability."