India may push Pakistan to curb terror funding in Paris FATF plenary

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar

Earlier, media reports had said that a meeting took place between Pakistan's National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua (retired) and India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in Thailand.

A senior Pakistan's national security division official had last week said that "the meeting was good and that Doval's tone and tenor was friendly and positive".

"Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks".

In the Buenos Aires plenary in November 2017, FATF had reportedly demanded compliance from Pakistan on the issue of terror funding after India raised the issue of the neighboring country's blatant support to terrorists and terrorist groups. "We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead", Kumar said.

MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said: "I am saying that talks have taken place on how to eliminate the scourge of terrorism from this region", adding India "raised (the issue of) cross-border terrorism in these talks".

When this question was posed to Kumar at the regular MEA briefing, the spokesperson said dates of such meetings are fixed days in advance.

India has planned to intensify its pressure on Pakistan to take strong steps against terror financing during the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary organized in Paris, next month, reported The Economic Times quoting people familiar with the development.

In fact, the two NSAs spoke shortly after the Pathankot attack in January 2016.

The composite dialogue process has been stalled since August 2014 when India called off foreign secretary-level talks. CBD was launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her visit to Islamabad on 9 December 2015. New Delhi had claimed that the two women were mistreated by Pakistani officials during the meeting.

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