Pakistan On FATF ‘grey List’: China Defends ‘all-weather’ Ally Even As Islamabad Continues To ‘shelter’ Terrorist Groups

Pakistan was recently placed on the ‘grey list’ for failing to curb anti-terror financing by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), despite Islamabad submitting a 26-point action plan and launching a concerted diplomatic campaign to avert the fateful decision. But instead of asking Pakistan to take decisive measures to curb terror financing, China has not only praised its ‘all-weather friend’ but has also asked the international community to recognise “enormous efforts and sacrifices” made by Islamabad to combat terrorism.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a media briefing: “We will not comment on the decision of the task force. But we understand Pakistan has made enormous efforts for counter-terrorism and made great sacrifices… We always believe Pakistan government and people have made enormous efforts and sacrifice on counter-terrorism, and the international community should fully recognise this.” Besides reiterating the oft-repeated stand of appreciating Pakistan’s record on counter-terrorism, China has gone a step further. Read More

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