New Delhi on Saturday said it hoped that Islamabad will take credible measures to address international concerns related to terrorism after the Financial Action Task Force placed Pakistan in the “grey list”, PTI reported.
The Financial Action Task Force is an intergovernmental body that sets standards for fighting illicit finance globally. The task force decided to name Pakistan in the “grey list” at its plenary meeting in Paris on February 23 after the country failed to curb terror financing and money laundering.
“We hope that the 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,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question on the matter.
India has repeatedly accused Pakistan of nurturing terrorism and has sought global action against the country for allowing safe havens for terrorists. India has also been pressing for punishment to Pakistan-based terrorists involved in a series of attacks on India, including the 2008 Mumbai attack.
Kumar said Pakistan had given “high-level political commitment” to address the concerns regarding its implementation of the FATF standards against terror financing. “The freedom and impunity with which 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.”
Pakistan has been included in the list of countries along with Ethiopia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia and Yemen.