New Delhi: Attributing Pakistan’s action against 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed to the upcoming plenary meeting of Financial Action Task Force, India said that the efficacy of the decision remains to be seen. A Pakistan court on Wednesday convicted Hafiz Saeed for five years in cases of terror financing. Saeed was also given a fine of Rs 15,000 in each of the two cases. The sentences of both cases will run concurrently.
The FATF plenary is on February 16 in Paris where it will be decided whether Pakistan will be blacklisted or will continue in the grey list. In October 2019, the FATF decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list until February when the decision is set to be reviewed. Every time, ahead of the session, Pakistan scurries and cracks down terror bodies.
“We have seen media reports that a court in Pakistan has sentenced UN-designated and internationally proscribed terrorist Hafiz Saeed in terror financing case. It is part of a long-pending international obligation of Pakistan to put an end to support for terrorism,” government sources said on Pakistan’s action.
“The decision has been made on the eve of the Financial Action Task Force(FATF) Plenary meeting, which has to be noted. Hence, the efficacy of this decision remains to be seen,” sources said.
“It has to also be seen whether Pakistan would take action against other all terrorist entities and individuals operating from territories under its control and bring perpetrators of cross border terrorist attacks, including in Mumbai and Pathankot to justice expeditiously,” sources added.
The United States, on the other hand, welcomed the conviction and called it an important step towards holding LeT accountable.
“Today’s conviction of Hafiz Saeed and his associate is an important step forward both towards holding LeT accountable for its crimes and for Pakistan in meeting its international commitments to combat terrorist financing,” Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said.