'Cosmetic steps': India dismisses Pakistan's action against Hafiz Saeed

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday slammed Pakistan's crack down on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and his close aides, calling it "cosmetic steps" and half-hearted measures undertaken to hoodwink the international community. 
Addressing a press conference, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that Pakistan's sincerity to take action against terrorists and terror groups will be judged on the basis of their ability to demonstrate verifiable, credible and irreversible action against terror groups operating from their soil and not on the basis of half-hearted measures which they undertake sometimes to hoodwink the international community. 
MEA's response came amid reports that Saeed and 12 of his close aides were 
booked by Pakistani authorities 

yesterday for committing multiple offences of terrorism financing and money laundering
The Imran Khan government is under pressure as it appears keen to fulfill its obligations on terror financing under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). 

Pakistan failed to complete its action plan on terror financing on the FATF's deadline in June last. The FATF warned Islamabad to meet its commitment by another deadline of October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country's blacklisting. 
The Paris-based global body is working to curb terrorism financing and money laundering and has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of banned terrorist  outfits in the country. In June last year, the  FATF placed Pakistan on the grey list 

of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing. When asked about 1992 Mumbai blast accused Dawood Ibrahim, Raveesh Kumar told reporters, "The location of Dawood Ibrahim is not a secret. Time and again, we have been presenting to Pakistan a list of people who are in their country. We've asked repeatedly that he should be handed over. His imprint on the Mumbai blast is very clear for all of us to see." 
"You (Pakistan) claim that you've taken action but when it comes to taking action against people who we have demanded, you go into denial mode. On the other hand, you try to project to the international community that you are taking some action against terrorists operating from your soil," he added. 

The MEA said that it is a case of "double standards". "This is something where they stand completely exposed as far as their claims of taking action against terror groups in Pakistan is concerned," the spokesperson said. 
Asked about the Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two sides, the MEA said, "We had proposed a set of dates, Pakistan agreed they'll come for 
dialogue on July 14 
. There are certain differences, we'll discuss those issues. It's important to emphasize that it's a matter of sentiment and of fulfilling wishes of the Sikh community." (With agency inputs)

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cosmetic-steps-india-dismisses-pakistans-action-against-hafiz-saeed/articleshow/70073358.cms


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