After the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) greylisted Pakistan due to its failure to curb terror, Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Sunday, has responded claiming that 'Pakistan is doing its best to wipe out terrorism', as per sources, while addressing at the International Institute for Strategic Studies(IISS) in London.
Sources further claim that General Bajwa has allegedly claimed that the country is doing its best and utilising all available sources to eliminate terrorism from its soil, in his speech.
Earlier on Saturday, the international terror financing watchdog FATF has decided to keep Pakistan on its 'Grey' list for failure to curb funneling of funds to terror groups LeT, JeM and others and has given a September deadline to compile with its 27-point action plan, sources said.
"The FATF has decided to continue to keep Pakistan on its compliance document (i.e. Grey List) for its International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) for its failure to complete the action plan items due in January and May 2019," a FATF spokesperson said in a statement.
Reacting to this news, India's Ministry of External Affairs released a statement urging the neighbour to address the concerns related to terrorism on Saturday. MEA in a statement said:
"We expect Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF Action Plan fully within the remaining time frame, that is, by September 2019 in accordance with its political commitment to the FATF and take credible, verifiable, irreversible and sustainable measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from any territory under its control."
Following India's statement, Pakistan accused India of “politicising” the deliberations for its “narrow and partisan” objectives at the FATF meeting in Florida.
“We regard the statement issued by India regarding the FATF report as preposterous and unwarranted,” Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.
“If anything, this is yet another evidence of India’s relentless efforts to politicise the deliberations of FATF for its narrow, partisan objectives,” it said adding “We hope the broader FATF membership would take cognisance of this continuing malicious campaign and reject any attempt aimed at politicization of the FATF process by India.”
Earlier, the FATF had warned Islamabad of consequences if the commitments were not met by October, and could also mean the country getting blacklisted. The FATF said Pakistan had taken steps towards improving its AML/CFT (anti-money laundering/combating the financial terrorism) regime, including the recent development of its terror funding risk assessment addendum.