Washington DC [US]June 25 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a joint statement during his first state visit to India, has left open the option to ask the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to further strengthen anti-money laundering and regulation . Terrorist financing standards, according to Dawn.
The joint statement also urged Pakistan to “take immediate action” against all terrorist groups.
The statement was issued during a one-on-one meeting between Prime Minister Modi and US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House on Thursday.
The statement quoted the two leaders as saying it “called on the Financial Action Task Force to undertake further work to determine how to improve the implementation of its anti-money laundering and terrorist financing standards globally”.
“Dawn” is one of Pakistan’s mainstream media, reporting national and international issues related to Pakistan.
According to Dawn, Uzar Yunus, a South Asia scholar at the Atlantic Council in Washington, said this should concern Pakistan because “there is evidence that Pakistan, driven by FATF, will indeed comply with specific demands like this.” “.
Citing the case of Sajid Mir, a key mastermind of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, the statement added that “Sajid Mir will rise from the dead” in the fall of 2021 when Pakistan is under similar pressure. .
On the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, he is wanted by the United States and India in connection with the Mumbai attacks. However, he was initially claimed dead and was arrested by Pakistani security agencies in 2022 and later convicted, Dawn newspaper reported.
The statement also marks cooperation between the U.S. and Indian governments on “counterterrorism designations and homeland security cooperation,” including intelligence sharing and law enforcement cooperation, the report noted.
This gives them the option of a joint designation, further intensifying pressure on Pakistan to hunt down terrorists declared by the Indian government.
The statement “called on Pakistan to take immediate action to ensure that no territory under its control is used to carry out terrorist attacks”, while also calling for the “perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks” to be brought to justice.
During the White House meeting, President Biden and Prime Minister Modi reiterated their call for concerted action against all UN-listed terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, the so-called Islamic State (IS), Lashkar (LeT), Jaish ( Jaish). According to the Dawn newspaper, Muhammad (JeM) and the Islamic Jihad party (Hizb-ul-Mujhahideen).
“This means that the US is now allying itself with India to push Pakistan to take verifiable action against groups that it has patronized or supported in the past,” said Pakistani-American scholar Shuja Nawaz.
“Importantly, there was no mention of Indian repression in Kashmir or Manipur or restrictions on Gandhi’s access to parliament,” he added.
However, Yunus noted that the message from the United States “has been loud and clear for some time: take action against terrorists who find sanctuary on Pakistani soil, especially those linked to Lashkar Lashkar and attacking Mumbai and Pathankot. Terrorists responsible for terrorist attacks”.
Asked why Washington supported India’s demand, he further said, “The United States has a long history of supporting this demand, and with valid reasons, as American citizens also lost their lives there.”
The joint statement also stressed that the US and India “jointly fight global terrorism and unequivocally condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations”.
The two leaders strongly condemned cross-border terrorism and the use of terrorist proxies, noting the “increasing use of drones, unmanned aircraft, and information and communications technology worldwide for terrorist purposes, and reaffirming The importance of working together,” Dawn said, to combat such abuse. (Arnie)
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