India trying to use FATF for political purposes: FM Qureshi

India trying to use FATF for political purposes: FM Qureshi

Islamabad (Web Desk): Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday said that India was trying to use Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for political purposes but Pakistan will foil such nefarious designs.

In a statement, he said that FATF is a technical forum and it should not be used for political purposes and Pakistan has expressed its concern in his bilateral talks with counterparts of different countries.

Pakistan would continue to work to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing in its own interest.

"The program given to us by the FATF during last two years, was very difficult to implement but we did it," FM Qureshi said.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that apart from new legislation, Pakistan amended 14 laws and taken administrative steps.

"China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Gulf countries have strongly supported us on this issue," the foreign minister said.

Referring to the establishment of peace in Afghanistan, he said Pakistan's refusal to provide bases is in our national interest.

"Pakistan will continue all possible contribution for establishing peace in the neighboring country as we want peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan," FM Qureshi said.