Pakistan has to great extent satisfied FATF on its reservations: FM Qureshi
MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said Pakistan had to a greater extent satisfied the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) about its seriousness in taking solid measures against money laundering.
“The steps taken by the current government in few months are unmatched in last several years. India wishes Pakistan’s inclusion into the FATF blacklist, but I have firm belief that our stance would have the last laugh,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said talking to media before leaving for China at Multan airport.
The measures taken by Pakistan were presented before the ‘Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering’, he said.
Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa will accompany Prime Minister Imran Khan on three-day visit to China, he said. He said it was imperative that Pakistan and China were on the same page on various regional issues.
The foreign minister said voices were being raised from within India for freedom of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
To a query, he said India was not in a position to show someone the situation of the occupied Kashmir. India recently denied the US senators visit to the held Kashmir, he maintained. “On the other hand, we will welcome them, if US Senators, British parliamentarians or the EU members would like to visit Kashmir.”
He said it appeared as if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had immense pressure on the Indian media and judiciary.
He said Pakistan was trying to mend the ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
To a query, FM Qureshi said the government was not frightened, holding peaceful protest was the right of Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F chief.
Rejecting the Indian Defense Minister’s comments that the FATF may blacklist Islamabad at any time, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Monday said the statement reinforced Pakistan’s concerns about India’s attempts to politicize the FATF proceedings to further its narrow partisan objectives, Radio Pakistan reported.