Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that India wants to push Pakistan from the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to the blacklist.
A meeting of the National Assembly was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri, in which Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan was on the grey list even before the PTI came to power.
“I am convinced that we all, including members of the opposition, want freedom from the sword of the grey list that hangs over our heads,” he said.
He said that India has a clear policy to push Pakistan from the grey list to the blacklist because it believes that if Pakistan goes to the blacklist, the economic woes, the sanctions that will be imposed, will lead to inflation.
Continuing his speech, he said that whatever comes out of the bottle of inflation in Pakistan will create unemployment and Indian conspiratorial elements are fully aware of it and this is their attempt to push Pakistan into the blacklist.
“At every forum, India has been trying to blacklist Pakistan and we are trying to get it out of the grey list,” he said.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that for this purpose we resorted to diplomacy and engaged diplomatically with all the friendly countries of Pakistan such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia so that if India tries to blacklist us. If it does, we should have a reasonable number of votes to stop it.
He further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had blocked India’s efforts through administrative and corrective measures through his plan and Pakistan’s efforts were acknowledged and appreciated at the last FATF meeting in Paris. But he said there are some responsibilities that need to be met.
The Foreign Minister paid tribute to Asad Omar and Hamad Azhar for representing Pakistan in the Ministry of Finance, FATF.
“Our goal is to get rid of the grey list for which we need some legislation and we have introduced some bills and there are about 11 things where legislation is needed,” he said.