Pakistan on Monday announced that it has updated its approach to militant groups so that it will be easier for the government to implement sanctions imposed on individuals and groups by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The government also said that it is working to close “loopholes” to make sure that banned militant groups “will be banned in practical terms also.”
The legislative changes are a response to claims by India that Pakistan is not doing enough to combat anti-India militant groups. Last month one such group, called Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), carried out a suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force. The attack has resulted in heightened tensions between Pakistan and India and both countries even carried out airstrikes on each other’s territory last week.