New Delhi: Dismissing India’s push to blacklist Pakistan over terror funding, the anti-terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), on Friday decided to keep the neighbour on the ‘grey list’ for now.
Notably, New Delhi had made a strong case against Pakistan’s non-compliance in curbing terror funding in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.
“Given the limited progress on action plan items due in January 2019, the FATF urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan particularly those with timelines of May 2019,” the FATF said.
Adding further, it said, “Pakistan does not demonstrate a proper understanding of the risk posed by terrorist groups AQ, JuD, LeT, JeM, and persons affiliated with the Taliban. Pakistan should continue to work on implementing its action plan to address its strategic deficiencies.”
The decision to keep Pakistan in the ‘grey list’ was taken on the last day of week-long meetings by the FATF in Paris. Pakistan was placed on a grey list of anti-terror finance watchdog in July 2018.
In order to expose its links with terrorism and get it blacklisted effectively following the Pulwama terror attack, India had handed over a dossier, nailing the culpability of Pakistan in the dastardly incident to the FATF.
Security agencies had prepared the dossier with the evidence gathered against the role of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad and the help being provided to the outfit by the country.
Around 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district with a vehicle laden with explosives.
The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. The slain jawans personnel were travelling in a bus which came under the terror attack.
JeM, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, has claimed the responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged.