Instead of clearing its own deck, Pakistan blames India

Ankara: Pakistan is facing the daunting task of clearing its name from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list and yet it seems to be busy levelling baseless allegations on Indian political parties and organisations for involvement in terrorist activities.

According to Anadolu news agency, Shehryar Afridi, chair of the Pakistani Parliament’s Kashmir Committee, accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of “terrorist activities funded by the Indian diaspora”.

While Pakistan seems to be concerned itself in levelling baseless allegations against India, the United States backed Syrian Democratic Forces have shared a list of 29 Pakistanis who are in their custody for fighting for the ISIS, according to media reports.

As per the list, as many as nine Pakistani ISIS cadres are women, of whom three have the citizenship of either Turkey or Sudan.

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Meanwhile, Pakistan is making attempts to avoid a demotion from the FATF grey list to the blacklist during the upcoming October plenary meeting.

Pakistan on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 88 terrorists associated with different terrorist groups, including Daesh, al-Qaida and Taliban, Pakistan media reported.

Pakistan has been on the grey list in 2008, 2012 and 2015 as well.

Pakistan is in the grey list since June 2018 and the government had given a final warning in February to complete the remaining action points by June 2020.

The FATF extended the June deadline to September due to the spread of coronavirus that disrupted the FATF plenary meetings.

While Pakistan tries to showcase its ‘efforts’ in combatting terrorism, there have been reports from Afghanistan giving ample evidence of the presence of Pakistani terrorists on its land.

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After an attack on Afghanistan’s Jalalabad prison, there have been speculations that prisoners who escaped were mostly captured Taliban terrorists both from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

On August 1, former Afghan intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil had termed agents of Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as “termites” who are destroying the Afghanistan system stating they pose serious threats to the country and should be confronted.

Nabil, speaking at the press conference, was quoted as saying by the Tolo News, “There are termites which are destroying the system. The ISI (Pakistani military intelligence) agents in the system must be confronted.” 

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