Pakistan has strongly condemned Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that Pakistan should be blacklisted by Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as well as “deradicalization camps” for Kashmiri children.
In a statement issued on Friday (Jan 17), Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said Pakistan condemns the highly irresponsible remarks made by General Bipin Rawat, raising inter alia the usual Indian bogey of “terrorism”, making the repugnant suggestion of putting young Kashmiri children in “de-radicalization camps”, and seeking to place Pakistan on FATF blacklist.
The statement said these remarks are reflective of the extremist mindset and bankrupt thinking that have evidently also permeated the state institutions of India. The spokesperson said General Rawat’s talk of “deradicalization camps” for Kashmiri children is simply despicable.
She further said General Rawat’s remarks about FATF are proof of India’s repeated attempts to politicize FATF’s technical proceedings for advancing its narrow, partisan objectives. She said Pakistan has consistently sensitized the world community about India’s malicious campaign in this regard. She expressed hope that the FATF members would reject these Indian machinations.
Pakistan should be isolated diplomatically: Bipin Rawat
Ahead of the crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) next week, India sought the blacklisting and diplomatic isolation of Pakistan for allegedly sponsoring terror not just here but also in Afghanistan.
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen Bipin Rawat said if blacklisting does not go through, more hard action will have to be taken. “Any country that is sponsoring terrorism has to be taken to task. I feel blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is one good measure. Diplomatic isolation, you have to do this,” Gen Rawat said while speaking at the Raisina Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi Thursday.
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