New Delhi, June 30 : Hoping that Pakistan will act against designated terrorists like Hafiz Saed and entities like Jamaat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Tayabba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Ministry of External Affairs said India has welcomed the decision taken by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to place Pakistan in its ‘grey list’ for its failure to address the global concerns about activities of terrorists operating from and within its territory.
“India welcomes the decision of FATF to place Pakistan in its Compliance Document (Grey list) for ICRG monitoring,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Saturday.
MEA Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “The freedom and impunity with which the designated terrorists like Hafiz Saed and entities like Jamaat-ud-Dawaa, Lashkar-e-Tayabba, Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to operate in Pakistan is not in keeping with such commitments.”
“We hope that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Action plan shall be complied with in a time bound manner and credible measures would be taken by Pakistan to address global concerns related to terrorism emanating from any territory under its control,”Raveesh Kumar said .
“Pakistan has given a high-level political commitment to address the global concerns regarding its implementation of the FATF standards for countering terror-financing and anti-money laundering, especially in respect of UN designated and internationally proscribed terror entities and individuals,” said Raveesh Kumar.
FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system
The FATF plenary that concluded in Paris on Friday unanimously agreed to implement the February decision to grey-list Pakistan for failing to counter terror-financing. This despite Pakistan’s arguments that it has cracked down upon internationally proscribed terror outfits and is a victim of terrorism itself. Pakistan will now have to demonstrate compliance of the FATF blueprint moving ahead else it can be moved to a black list next year.
Pakistan is the ninth country to be placed on the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF’s) “grey list”, the other eight being Ethiopia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Yemen.
Pakistan, according to sources, accepted the grey-listing as even its traditional allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and China, did not bat for Islamabad in the meeting. Pakistani delegation led by interim finance minister Dr Akhtar assured of its respect for FATF standards and procedures.