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06ISLAMABAD5887
2006-04-06 12:52:00
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Embassy Islamabad
Cable title:  

TERROR FINANCE: INFORMATION DELIVERED ON 1267

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INFO RUEHTA/AMEMBASSY ALMATY PRIORITY 9371
RUEHAH/AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT PRIORITY 0298
RUEHEK/AMEMBASSY BISHKEK PRIORITY 3563
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO PRIORITY 0661
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 1410
RUEHDBU/AMEMBASSY DUSHANBE PRIORITY
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL PRIORITY 4970
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 6211
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 8065
RUEHNT/AMEMBASSY TASHKENT PRIORITY 0972
RUEHKP/AMCONSUL KARACHI PRIORITY 0484
RUEHLH/AMCONSUL LAHORE PRIORITY 8324
RUEHPW/AMCONSUL PESHAWAR PRIORITY 6135
						S E C R E T ISLAMABAD 005887 

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 04/04/2016
TAGS: PREL KTFN PTER ETTD PK EFIN
SUBJECT: TERROR FINANCE: INFORMATION DELIVERED ON 1267
DESIGNATIONS

REF: A. STATE 52795

B. ISLAMABAD 5357

C. ISLAMABAD 5382

D. ISLAMABAD 5070

Classified By: DCM Peter W. Bodde, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)



1. (S) On April 5, Poloff delivered Ref A talking points
and background papers on Laskhar-e-Tayyba (LET) and Al-Akhtar
Trust to MFA (UN) Director Imran Siddiqui. Poloff pressed
Siddiqui of the importance the U.S. places on full and
vigorous implementation of UN 1267 Committee terror finance
sanctions, regardless of legal challenges filed by designated
entities in a member country's domestic courts. Poloff also
suggested that the Government of Pakistan (GOP) refine its
request for releasable information on designated entities
such as JUD, Al-Akhtar Trust and Al-Rashid Trust, specifying
areas in which it has factual gaps in its own information.
Poloff also asked Siddiqui whether the GOP would support the
coming U.S. request to the 1267 Committee to amend the LET
designation to include Jamaat-ud-Dawa and its aliases.



2. (S) Siddiqui thanked poloff for the two background
papers and said that the GOP would follow-up on the
suggestion to submit more focused requests for information on
these designated entities. Reaffirming the GOP's commitment
to combating terrorism, he said that all 1267 Committee
sanctions have been fully implemented against LET, Al-Akhtar
Trust and Al-Rashid Trust and that they remain in effect,
regardless of ongoing challenges in Pakistan's domestic
courts. Siddiqui commented on the public opposition to the
GOP's implementation of terror finance sanctions, which are
popularly perceived as having a foreign genesis; in the GOP's
view, this widespread public perception makes the
government's efforts to persuade Islamists to turn away from
violence significantly more challenging.



3. (S) Comment: Regarding Department's concern raised in
Raf A, para 3, post does not believe that the GOP
misunderstands the nature of international legal obligations
under UNSCR 1267. To the contrary, the GOP fully understands
its obligation to implement 1267 Committee terror finance
sanctions. Its request for information (Ref B) related
specifically to its need to respond to domestic legal
challenges by designees. These domestic court cases have the
potential to rile Pakistani public opinion that is already
largely antagonistic to designations, which are viewed at the
grassroots level as unwarranted attacks on Muslim charitable
organizations. An offer of practical assistance on legal
strategies for responding to domestic challenges to 1267
Committee terror finance sanctions, such as consultations
with DOJ attorneys handling similar cases in the U,S., might
boost the GOP's appetite for proactive measures against
designated entities.
CROCKER