“Manipulating FATF for narrow political designs is disgraceful”: Qureshi

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

19th Jul, 2021. 01:32 pm
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Shah Mahmood Qureshi has on Monday said that India is politicizing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issue.

Taking to his Twitter today, Qureshi further added that the recent statement on FATF by India’s minister makes clear their malintent.

“Pakistan has consistently maintained that India has politicised FATF. The recent Indian statement makes clear their malintent. Manipulating an important technical forum for narrow political designs against Pakistan is disgraceful but not surprising for the Modi Government.”

The Foreign Minister further lashed out at the Modi-led government saying that manipulating an important technical forum for narrow political designs against Pakistan is disgraceful.

On the other hand, the Foreign Office (FO) slammed the Indian minister’s statement, admitting that it played role in keeping Pakistan on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

“Indian statement not only exposes its true colours but also vindicates Pakistan’s longstanding stance on India’s negative role in FATF,” said FO Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.

He reminded that Islamabad has always been highlighting India’s role to the international community in the politicization of the FATF and undermining its processes.

It added that the recent statement by the Indian foreign minister was “just a further corroboration of its continued efforts to use an important technical forum for its narrow political designs against Pakistan”.

The statement further said that Islamabad has been “exposing India’s duplicitous role to the international community in the past” and vowed that it will also bring the “recent confession by India” to the FATF’s notice.

‘India Made Sure Pakistan Stays On FATF Grey List’

On Sunday, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar revealed that Pakistan is on the grey list of the FATF because of the “efforts of Narendra Modi’s government.”

According to a report, India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar credited the Modi-led government for its “efforts” to ensure that FATF kept Pakistan on the grey list.

“FATF as all of you know keep a check on fundings for terrorism and deals with black money supporting terrorism. Due to us, Pakistan is under the lens of FATF and it was kept [on] the grey list. We have been successful in pressurising Pakistan and the fact that Pakistan’s behaviour has changed is because of pressure put by India by various measures. Also terrorists from LeT and Jaish, India’s efforts through UN, have come under sanctions,” Jaishankar reportedly told.

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