Pakistan on Friday rejected as “fabricated news” the reports within the media about its continuation on the FATF’s Grey List, saying no “new decision” was taken about it at the digital plenary of the worldwide terror financing watchdog. The Foreign Office was responding to reports within the media that the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) determined in its closing plenary on Wednesday to maintain Pakistan on the Grey List because it had didn’t verify circulation of cash to terror teams just like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned on Thursday that Pakistan’s continuation on the Grey List of the FATF vindicated India’s place that the nation had not taken any acceptable motion in opposition to terror networks working from its soil.
Reacting to MEA’s remarks, the Pakistan Foreign Office mentioned the Indian official was responding to the “fabricated news reports in the Indian media”.
It mentioned in a press release that Pakistan was ready to current its progress report back to the FATF within the plenary assembly scheduled for this month.
However, as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the FATF determined on April 28 a normal pause for 4 months within the evaluation course of for a lot of nations, together with Pakistan, underneath the ICRG (International Cooperation Review Group) evaluation, the assertion mentioned.
The agenda of the FATF’s digital plenary assembly, held on June 24, didn’t embrace Pakistan, the Foreign Office (FO) mentioned.
“In this virtual plenary meeting, no new decision regarding Pakistan was made,” it mentioned.
The selections taken by the FATF within the February 2020 plenary assembly concerning a lot of nations together with Pakistan stay in impact and the analysis of Pakistan’s FATF Action Plan can be made within the subsequent plenary cycle of FATF, during which Pakistan would current its progress report, the FO mentioned.
Reports within the Indian media insinuating that the FATF has put Pakistan on the Grey List are “patently misleading” and a part of the incessant “smear campaign” by India in opposition to Pakistan, it mentioned.
Pakistan repeatedly drew the eye of the worldwide group in direction of India’s “sinister” makes an attempt to make use of the FATF course of for its slim political features, the FO mentioned.
“Pakistan has also been raising the issue of India’s dubious credentials as an impartial and objective assessor of Pakistan’s progress on the FATF Action Plan,” it mentioned.
India’s efforts to “misuse” the technical discussion board of FATF for discrediting Pakistan have been seen by FATF members and are usually not appreciated by the worldwide group, the Foreign Office mentioned.
“We hope that the FATF membership would take cognisance of India’s malicious campaign against Pakistan and reject any attempt at politicising the FATF proceedings,” it mentioned, including that Pakistan was dedicated to finishing its FATF Action Plan and making progress.
The Foreign Office additionally mentioned that Pakistan fully rejects the MEA spokesperson’s terrorism-related allegations in opposition to Pakistan.
Paris-based FATF put Pakistan on the gray record in June 2018 and the nation agreed to work on an motion plan to meet its obligation by October 2019. Later, this date was prolonged till February 2020.