Pakistan rejects Indian defence minister’s comments on FATF

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan has rejected the recent comments made by the Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh claiming that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) can any time blacklist Pakistan for terror financing.

In a statement on Monday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the Indian defence minister’s comments reinforce Pakistan’s concerns, repeatedly highlighted to the FATF membership, about India’s attempts to politicize the global money laundering watchdog’s proceedings to further its narrow, partisan objectives.

Dr Faisal said that India’s incessant smear against Pakistan and blatant partisanship also call into question its credentials to be co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group that reviews Pakistan’s progress to implement the FATF Action Plan. He said that our concerns in this regard have been previously brought to the attention of watchdog’s members.

“We hope that the broader FATF membership would take cognizance of India’s continuing malicious campaign against Pakistan and reject any attempt aimed at politicizing the FATF proceedings,” the Spokesperson said. “It is important for FATF to ensure that the process remains fair and unbiased,” he added.

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