Indian minister’s statement confirms FATF is being ‘politicised by India against Pakistan’: FO
Government of Pakistan expressed its “deep concern” over a statement by Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Earlier Arun Jaitley said, “New Delhi wanted Pakistan to be placed on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) blacklist. It showed the global illicit financing watchdog was being “politicized” by the neighboring country.”
“We want Pakistan downgraded on the FATF list,” Jaitley had told media on Thursday, adding that the Paris-based FATF was due to meet in mid-May and India would make its request then.
The Minister’s statement “re-confirms Pakistan’s longstanding concerns that this technical forum is being politicized by India against Pakistan”, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.
Citing examples from the past of Indian attempts to politicize the watchdog’s proceedings, he said prior to the FATF plenary meeting in February, India had “circulated its own assessment of Pakistan’s progress and solicited immediate support for ‘blacklisting’ Pakistan”.
“On several previous occasions, calculated leaks were made to the Indian media about the proceedings of FATF, which are strictly confidential,” the statement recalled.
“India’s attempts to politicize 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.”