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India to keep highlighting flow of funds to terrorists in Pakistan

Anirban Bhaumik, DH News Service, New Delhi, Feb 13 2018, 21:44 IST
Pakistan is likely to come under intense pressure from India for back-to-back attacks on the Sunjwan camp at the FATF. Representative image.

Pakistan is likely to come under intense pressure from India for back-to-back attacks on the Sunjwan camp at the FATF. Representative image.

India will continue to highlight lack of adequate measures in Pakistan to curb flow of funds to terrorists, although US President Donald Trump again proposed a $80-million military aid for Islamabad.

With terrorists of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) carrying out the recent back-to-back attacks on a military camp at Sunjwan in Jammu and near a paramilitary camp at Karan Nagar in Kashmir, Pakistan is likely to come under intense pressure from India at the plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris next week.

The FATF is an intergovernmental organisation coordinating global efforts to combat money-laundering and terror-financing. The FATF, which will hold its plenary in Paris from February 18 to 23, will assess Islamabad's efforts in the past few months to make its legal regime and law-enforcing machinery more effective to curb flow of funds to terrorist outfits.

New Delhi has taken note of Trump's proposal for allocating $256 million in civilian assistance and $80 million in military aid to Pakistan in the US budget for the new financial year. This comes just a few weeks after the US suspended all security assistance to Pakistan, accusing the latter of not doing enough to fight terrorism in the region.

The new budget proposal, however, signalled the Trump administration's willingness to keep open the option of restarting US military assistance to Pakistan, sources in New Delhi told DH.

New Delhi has been accusing Islamabad of misusing US aid for funding anti-India terror organisations like the LeT and JeM, instead of helping combat the al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan. India will continue to draw the attention of the US and the rest of the international community to the lack of adequate measures in Pakistan to stop illicit flow of funds to terror outfits.

Washington, however, made it clear to Islamabad that the resumption of US military aid to Pakistan would be contingent on the latter doing more to help combat terror in its neighbourhood.

The FATF had in February 2015 asked Pakistan to strengthen its internal mechanism to check money-laundering and to stop flow of fund to the terrorist outfits.

New Delhi played a key role in bringing it to the notice of the FATF's International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) that Pakistan had not yet done enough to implement the United Nations Security Council's 1267th resolution and to prevent the individuals and entities proscribed by the international organization from receiving illicit fund. India, supported by Russia and the US, lobbied hard during the FATF plenary in Buenos Aires on November 2 last year and succeeded to get the intergovernmental panel express concerns at the continuing activities of the proscribed individuals and entities in Pakistan.

The FATF called upon Pakistan to report on the action being taken to curb terror financing, especially in respect of the proscribed entities and individuals.

Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan, on Monday approved an ordinance to amend a section of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), enabling the authorities to act against the terrorists and terror organizations proscribed by the United Nations Security Council, including sealing their offices and freezing their bank accounts. The ordinance is apparently a move to comply with the FATF requirement ahead of the plenary of the intergovernmental organization, sources in New Delhi said.

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