Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said Pakistan has been largely compliant with the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and that country should in principle be taken off the grey list.
The statement came ahead of the FATF review in February: the anti-money laundering watchdog will decide whether or not to keep Pakistan on the grey list.
Speaking in Multan, Qureshi said the FATF members appreciated the efforts made by Pakistan during its recent meeting in Beijing.
“We presented all of the practical steps we have taken in the past 10 months in front of the member nations. And I am delighted to say that everyone, except India, was happy with the progress we have achieved,” he added.
He said India has remained hostile to Pakistan and not only the country wanted Pakistan to remain on the grey list, it even wanted to push Pakistan to the blacklist.
“With this response in view, I hope that all the other FATF members will keep the issue from getting politicised in the upcoming February meeting in France,” he added.
“Pakistan’s image is being enhanced with other countries, as was evident through Prime Minister Imran’s various exchanges with world leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos,” he added.
On the other hand, The Economist, a top international publication has used the word ‘intolerant’ with India’s name in their cover story.
He also mentioned that the United Kingdom’s decision to soften its travel advisory for Pakistan is a huge step forward in making the country a tourist attraction.
“Japan had already done this [improve its advisory]. The United Nations has also termed Pakistan a family-friendly country. With these improvements, we will see Pakistan emerge as a top tourist spot in the year 2020,” Qureshi said.