Hours after the global terror financing watchdog FATF condemned the Pulwama attack and continued the ‘Gray’ listing of Pakistan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh urged the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to support India’s fight against the menace of terrorism.
Delivering the valedictory address at the 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit here, Singh said an environment of peace and security are prerequisites for trade and commerce to flourish. “This summit must acknowledge the fact and ensure that the soil of any country should not be used for propagating terrorism,” he said, appealing to the ASEAN countries and other nations to support India’s fight against terrorism.
The development also came a day after Pakistan banned Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamat-ud-Dawa and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation amid global condemnation and increasing pressure. The suicide bomb attack on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was claimed by Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad led by Maulana Masood Azhar.
The deadly attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, which killed at least 40 personnel, has received global condemnation with the Indian government launching an all-out effort to isolate Pakistan globally.
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Earlier today the Financial Action Task Force in a statement said, “Pakistan has revised its TF (terror financing) risk assessment. However, it does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the TF risks posed by Da’esh (ISIS), AL-Qaida, JuD (Jamat-ud-Dawa), FIF (Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation), LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba), JeM (Jaish-e-Mohammad), HQN (Haqqani Network) and persons affiliated with the Taliban.”
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army on Friday said that the country does not wish for war, but warned India of “surprise” in case it takes any aggressive military measures, amidst heightened tensions between the two sides, PTI reported. “We have a 72-year history. The partition happened in 1947 and Pakistan was liberated. India still hasn’t been able to accept that,” Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said.
“We are not preparing for war, you (India) are issuing threats…we have the right to respond to the threats. We are not preparing to initiate but planning to defend and retaliate which is our right,” the Army spokesman added. He further said: “Should you (India) initiate any reaction first, you would never be able to surprise us…we will surprise you.” He said when it comes to India, “Pakistan has singleness of conception. We have will and determination.”