New Delhi politicising proceedings at FATF: FO

New Delhi politicising proceedings at FATF: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has expressed concern over India’s call for Pakistan to be added to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ‘blacklist’ and accused New Delhi of politicising the proceedings.
In his weekly briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement validated Pakistan’s stance that the FATF forum is being politicised by India.
“India has made several efforts in the past as well to politicise at FATF,” he said and highlighted that calculated leaks were made to Indian media on several occasions regarding FATF proceedings which are meant to be confidential.
He added that the Pakistani delegation had brought the instances to the attention of the FATF president. “India’s attempts to politicise the proceedings in FATF against Pakistan call into question its credentials for co-chairing and being a member of the Asia Pacific Joint Group that reviews the progress made by Pakistan to implement the FATF Action Plan.”
The FO spokesperson also ruled out a formal meeting between the foreign ministries of the two neighbours countries during the upcoming Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) moot scheduled to be held on May 21-22 in Kyrgyzstan.
“The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders. No formal meeting is, however, envisaged.”
In September 2018, the Narendra Modi-led government cancelled a planned meet between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Swaraj on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also snubbed Pakistan’s delegation at an informal meeting of ministers of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
Earlier this year, tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 suicide attack that killed over 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
—Agencies