NEW DELHI: India on Friday described as farcical Pakistan’s actions against terrorists just ahead of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) review and called upon the international community to hold Islamabad accountable for its support to cross-border terrorism.
LeT commander and Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Friday.
The government said in response that the timing of these actions clearly suggested the intention of conveying a sense of compliance ahead of the APJG (Asia Pacific Joint Group) meeting and next FATF plenary in February, 2021.
“It has become routine for Pakistan to come up with such farcical actions prior to important meetings,” said ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
“United Nation proscribed entities and designated terrorists act as proxies for Pakistani establishment to fulfil its anti-India agenda. It is for the international community to hold Pakistan to account and ensure that it takes credible action against terror groups, terror infrastructure and individuals,” Srivastava added.
The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force placed Pakistan on the Grey List in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019 but the deadline was extended later due to the Covid-19 pandemic.