Islamabad (dpa) – Pakistani security agencies will be allowed to access local bank account details of resident foreigners under a plan already being implemented to curb funding to terrorists, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
Security officials could also be allowed to probe the foreigners’ sources of income, a ministry statement said.
The move is part of a plan to curb Islamic militancy after Taleban gunmen killed 136 children at an army-run school in December, causing public outrage.
Other measures already implemented include military courts for speedy trials of terrorism suspects and the lifting of a six-year moratorium on executions.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered his officials to “ascertain as to how the accounts [of foreigners] were opened and what the source of income was,” according to the statement.
“Only diplomats will be an exception,” an official familiar with the matter told dpa on condition of anonymity.
Targeted bank accounts had already been identified, he said.
Another unnamed official suggested that Chinese nationals investing in Pakistan may also be excluded from the new measures.
The development came a day after Saudi Arabia denied funding extremists in Pakistan, weeks after a minister in Islamabad accused Riyadh of destabilising the Muslim world with its “piles of petrodollars”.