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FATF greylisting vindicates India stand on Pakistan, says MEA

New Delhi also criticised Islamabad for levelling “fictitious charges” against others after Pakistan’s proposal to list an Indian national as a global terrorist.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2020 3:47:08 am
The decision has been taken as Pakistan has failed to check flow of money to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), the official said. Pakistan will remain on the FATF grey list for failing to comply with the global terrorist financing watchdog’s deadline to prosecute and penalise terrorist financing in the country. (File Photo)

India on Thursday said that Pakistan’s continuation on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force “vindicates” New Delhi’s stand that Islamabad has “not taken concrete action” to address international concerns regarding financing of terrorism and safe havens in the country.

The government also hit out at Pakistan over the abduction of an Indian national in Afghanistan as it blamed “external actors” for the kidnapping of Nedan Singh. The government condemned the abduction and said that it is in touch with the Afghan government to secure Singh’s safe and early release.

New Delhi also criticised Islamabad for levelling “fictitious charges” against others after Pakistan’s proposal to list an Indian national as a global terrorist.

MEA official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “Pakistan continues to be on the FATF grey list, and it is yet to show action and show progress on 13 of the 27 points, under the action plan. This is despite all the deadlines for completing the action expired a long time ago. The continued greylisting of Pakistan by FATF vindicates our position that Pakistan has not taken concrete action to address international concerns regarding terrorist financing and safe havens which exist in the country.”

Pakistan will remain on the FATF grey list for failing to comply with the global terrorist financing watchdog’s deadline to prosecute and penalise terrorist financing in the country.

The decision was taken at the third and final plenary meeting on Wednesday under the Chinese Presidency of Xiangmin Liu but hasn’t been announced yet.

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