Pakistan 'hopeful' regarding upcoming FATF review, says FO spokesperson

Joanna Estrada
February 14, 2020

Pakistan Thursday termed the USA decision to sell integrated air defense weapon system to India as disturbing saying it will further destabilize the already volatile region.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Thursday confirmed that the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will arrive in Pakistan on February 16 (Sunday), ARY News reported.

She said defence relations between the USA and India were contributing to the destabilisation of peace and security in South Asia.

"The worldwide community is fully aware of India's aggressive policy designs against Pakistan and the threatening statements of Indian political and military leadership", she said, warning that the region could not afford an arms race and conflict. The US has approved the sale of an Integrated Air Defence Weapon System (IADWS) to India for an estimated cost of Dollars 1.9 billion to modernise its armed forces and to expand its existing air defence architecture to counter threats posed by air attacks. "It is therefore incumbent upon the worldwide community to prevent further destabilization of the region".

"Pakistan has been warning for a long time about the possibility of some false flag operations by India".

Farooqui went on to say that the global community was fully aware of India's aggressive policy designs against Pakistan and the threatening statements of Indian political and military leadership.

The spokesperson warned the Indian acts carry inherent risks of further inflaming the bilateral environment and potentially leading to unforeseeable consequences.

She said Pakistan would respond effectively to any actions taken by the Indian government.

On Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), she said the people on 193rd day of lockdown stand deprived of basic amenities of life as the valley has been turned into a largest human jail in the history.

"We also hope that the U.S. President will raise the matter during his visit to India". She reminded President Trump of his offers of mediation on the Kashmir issue. "We hope that the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir will be raised during President Trump's visit to India", she said. "Non-resolution of this dispute is one of the most destabilizing factors for peace and security in the region", she remarked.

Pakistan says it is also concerned that to take attention off from Kashmir, India could create distraction during three important visits of President Erdogan, Secretary General UNSG to Pakistan and President Trump to India.

The FATF's next meeting will be held in Beijing later this month in which it will decide whether Pakistan will be removed from or remain on the task force's grey list.

Responding to a question about Pakistan s expectations from getting out of FATF grey list, the spokesperson said we are hopeful and our partners in the worldwide community are willing to support the country on this issue.

When asked about the alleged presence of Ehsanullah Ehsan in Turkey, the spokesperson told reporters that the Ministry of Interior was monitoring reports about his whereabouts.

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