On Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) rejected the misguiding statement by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), regarding the conviction of an UN-designated individual by an Anti-Terrorism Court in Pakistan.
On Friday, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a leader of a banned outfit Jamaat ud Dawah (JuD) was sentenced to 15 years in jail in terror financing.
Foreign Office spokesperson said in a press release said that India has no right to comment on Pakistan’s internal judicial matters. “In this regard, the only compliance that interests Pakistan is abiding by its own statutes and fulfilment of its international obligations.
“The investigations, prosecutions and subsequent convictions, through due process, are a reflection of the effectiveness of Pakistan’s legal system which operates independently of any extraneous factors or influences. The legal process in the ‘Mumbai Case’ remains stalled due to reluctance by the Indian side to send witnesses for cross-examination by a Pakistani court.”
“India’s assertions to link Pakistan’s due legal process with FATF are unfortunate. It is yet another Indian attempt to politicize FATF and use its processes against Pakistan. Pakistan reiterates its commitment to impartiality, confidentiality and technical nature of the FATF process,” the statement further stressed.
The State Department is encouraged to reserve its concern for the active aiding, abetting, planning, promoting, financing and execution of terrorist activities by India for which sufficient irrefutable evidence has already been provided.