Modi govt ensured Pakistan stayed grey: Jaishankar

by Tauqeer Abbas

Shafaqna Pakistan: Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar Sunday credited the Narendra Modi government with ensuring Pakistan was included in the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) grey list and also for highlighting that terrorism must be treated as a global issue and not just a problem faced by a few countries.

He was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders’ training programme on the government’s foreign policy, reports ANI.

The minister said it was due to the Modi government’s efforts that sanctions were imposed on groups like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) at the global level.

Through international meets like the G7 or G20, Prime Minister Modi had impressed on the international community that terrorism be looked at as an issue of global concern.

On India’s “Neighbourhood First” policy, the minister said India had made efforts to have cordial relations with its neighbouring countries.

“FATF as all of you know keeps a check on funding for terrorism and deals with black money supporting terrorism. Due to us, Pakistan is under the lens of FATF and it was kept in the grey list,” Jaishankar said. “We have been successful in pressurizing Pakistan and the fact that Pakistan’s behaviour has changed is because of pressure put by India by various measures. Also terrorists from LeT and JeM, India’s efforts through UN, have come under sanctions,” Jaishankar reportedly said. “PM’s personal efforts made at forums like G20 or G7 made nations realize that terrorism is everyone’s problem,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying through unidentified sources.

“India ensured that the world should be concerned about terrorism and that other countries should stop seeing terrorism as a domestic problem of certain nations or law and order problem of particular nations,” Jaishankar told the BJP leaders.

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