BEIJING: China has urged world community to recognize and encourage Pakistan’s political will and active efforts for counter-terrorism financing.
Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Geng Shuang said this while commenting on Pakistan’s Action Plan report which was discussed during the joint group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Beijing.
The spokesperson expressed satisfaction over visible progress made by Pakistan to strengthen its domestic counter-terrorism financing system.
He hoped that the FATF would continue to offer constructive support and assistance to Pakistan in its continued efforts to improve the counter-terrorism financing system and effectively fight the terrorist financing.
On Oct 28 last year, reiterating its support to Pakistan at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) platform, China had categorically announced that it did not want the forum to be politicized as some countries are pursuing their political agenda in a bid to blacklist Pakistan.
Talking to a group of visiting Pakistani journalists in Beijing, Deputy Director General for Policy Planning of Asian Affair in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Yao Wen had said China stood with Pakistan and blocked any attempt to include Pakistan in the blacklist.
He had said China made it clear to the United States and India that China cannot do this and goes beyond the purpose of the FATF.
Yao Wen had said the Financial Action Task Force was not meant to put any country in the blacklist, rather to support it to take action against terror financing.
He had said Pakistan was effectively pursuing its National Action Plan, and China encouraged it to act against terrorists and strengthen its system.