AtFATFMeet, Pak Ac­cuses In­dia of Fund­ing Ter­ror

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New Delhi: Pakistan, at last week’s meet of Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task Force (FATF), ac­cused Delhi of sup­port­ing sub-na­tional move­ments which the Modi gov­ern­ment de­scribed as a smear cam­paign.

Pakistan at­tempted to dodge In­dia’s 28 queries on anti-ter­ror fi­nanc­ing by ac­cus­ing Delhi of fund­ing ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions in its coun­try in a tacit ref­er­ence to Baloch groups, ET has learnt. Islamabad al­leged that “hos­tile agen­cies” were fu­elling ter­ror­ism by fund­ing sub-na­tional ter­ror­ist groups in Pakistan. “This is an emerg­ing­pat­tern.”“The­gov­ern­ment in Islamabad has launched a cam­paign from Karachi to Syd­ney to ac­cuse In­dia of or­ches­trat­ing ter­ror strikesinPak­istan,”claimedaper­son fa­mil­iar with Pakistan.

In­dia on its part at the FATF, not only ac­cused Pakistan of try­ing to “main­stream” ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions, but also asked Islamabad to “look in­wards” and take “cred­i­ble ac­tions” against “ter­ror in­fra­struc­ture” in its own ter­ri­tory. In­dia’s del­e­ga­tion at the meet­ing ques­tioned the cred­i­bil­ity of the re­port sub­mit­ted by Pakistan. Islamabad re­cently had also ac­cused Delhi of fund­ing the Novem­ber 23, 2018, ter­ror at­tack on the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Karachi. Amir Shaikh, po­lice chief of the port-city, said that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack re­vealed that it had been car­ried out by sep­a­ratist Balochis­tan Lib­er­a­tion Army (BLA). Shaikh also told jour­nal­ists in Karachi that the at­tack­had­been­planned­inAfghanistan and funded by In­dia.

Three ter­ror­ists had tried to storm in­totheCon­sulateGen­er­alof Chi­nain Karachi on Novem­ber 23 last year, but they had been stopped and shot dead by the po­lice per­son­nel. Two po­lice of­fi­cers and two civil­ians, who had gone to the con­sulate to ap­ply for visas, had also been killed dur­ing the ex­change of fire. The BLA had later claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

The BLA and other Baloch or­ga­ni­za­tions in Pakistan have been op­pos­ing the $62 bil­lion China-Pakistan Eco­nomicCor­ri­dor(CPEC),aflag­ship project of Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. They ac­cused Bei­jing of help­ing Islamabad ex­ploit the nat­u­ral re­sources of Balochis­tan, with­out en­sur­ing ad­e­quate ben­e­fit to the indige­nous peo­ple of the prov­ince. The Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs has re­jected the “fab­ri­cated and scur­rilous at­tempts” by Pakistan to ac­cuse In­dia for the at­tack on the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Karachi. “In­stead of ma­li­ciously point­ing fin­gers at oth­ers for such ter­ror­ist in­ci­dents, Pakistan needs to look in­wards and un­der­take cred­i­ble ac­tion against sup­port to ter­ror­ism and ter­ror in­fra­struc­ture in its ter­ri­to­ries,” Raveesh Ku­mar, spokesper­son of the MEA, said.

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