In a joint press conference on Saturday Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Babar Iftikhar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi exposed India’s efforts to politicise the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and its listing process designed to combat money laundering.
In addition to presenting evidence on India’s subversive activities in Pakistan, letters sent by the Indian embassy in Paris to New Dehli seeking money for lobbying against Pakistan in FATF were also shown.
Similarly, letters by different Indian missions reporting about lobbying efforts for grey-listing Pakistan from 2018 onwards were also presented.
The FATF had placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 – largely as a result of Indian lobbying efforts – and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019.
On October 24 this year, the global terror financing watchdog decided to keep Pakistan on its “grey list” till February next year, while appreciating the progress by Islamabad on meeting international anti-terrorism financing norms.