India’s efforts to get a censure issued against Pakistan over its inaction against terrorist organisations like Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) at an international forum — the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Brisbane, Australia — has drawn a blank with countries like China, Russia, New Zealand and Australia opposing the move.
However, the FATF has referred the matter to one of its regional bodies — the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering.
FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989, comprising 34 member countries whose objective is to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terror financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
India’s efforts to “name and shame Pakistan” at the international forum did not go down well with other member countries, which objected to Pakistan’s case being discussed at the forum as it is not even a member of the FATF. While Pakistan is not a member of the FATF, it is a member of the APG, which comprises 41 countries.
“India tried to corner Pakistan at the international forum but it received resistance as the latter is not even a member there. Our intention was to use the platform to name and shame Pakistan and highlight its inaction against the terrorist organisations. We did not lose out completely and the matter has now been referred to APG. We have built a strong case and we will present all the details before the forum,” said a senior government official.
Indian officials have learnt that Pakistan has claimed, in a report to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), that it has frozen 124 bank accounts belonging to terrorist organisations and also seized Rs 1,007 million in Pakistan rupees in the process.
“Since the matter has been referred to APG now, Pakistan will have to explain how many bank accounts linked to terror organisations have been frozen and also the names and addresses of such account holders,” said the official.
In its report to the UNSC, Pakistan also claimed to have blocked nine websites being run by the JuD and its affiliate organisations. Pakistan also informed UN that it had begun a crackdown on JuD as well as al-Qaeda and Taliban for seeking donations through print or electronic media. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had been asked to keep a tight vigil on such activities, Pakistan told UNSC.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has constituted a high-level committee to oversee the implementation of sanctions against the organisations banned by the UN, claimed Pakistan in its report.