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Indian confession of politicizing FATF vindicates Pakistan’s stance: FO

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Foreign Office has said that the statement by the Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar not only exposes its true colors but also vindicates Pakistan’s longstanding stance on India’s negative role in Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

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In response to the media queries regarding the Indian External Affairs Minister’s statement of July 18, 2021 regarding India’s disagreeable role in the greylisting of Pakistan by FATF, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that Pakistan has always been highlighting to the international community the politicization of FATF and undermining of its processes by India.

The Spokesperson said that the recent Indian statement is just further corroboration of its continued efforts to use an important technical forum for its narrow political designs against Pakistan.

While Pakistan has been sincerely and constructively engaged with FATF during the implementation of the Action Plan, India has left no stone unturned in casting doubts on Pakistan’s progress through disgraceful means, he said.

Chaudhri said that Pakistan has been exposing India’s duplicitous role to the international community in the past and it will also bring this recent confession by India to the notice of FATF and broader international community. He said that Pakistan is also considering approaching the FATF President for an appropriate action in this matter.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said that following the recent confession by the Indian government, India’s credentials for assessing Pakistan in FATF as co-chair of the Joint Group or for that matter any other country are subject to questions, which we urge FATF to look into.

The Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Pakistan’s immense progress in AML/CFT domain demonstrated through concrete, tangible and verifiable actions has been openly acknowledged by FATF.

“We are resolved to sustain this momentum and trajectory with the support and cooperation of our international partners,” he said.

The Spokesperson said that India’s delusions of putting pressure on Pakistan have always remained unfulfilled and would never see the light of day.

Chaudhri further said that despite distractions including politicization of FATF processes by certain jurisdictions, Pakistan re-affirms its commitment to bring its AML/CFT systems to international standards for its own good and also to fulfill its international obligations and commitments.

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