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

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

Also, observers feel that the views of the Pakistan NSA would indicate in some way what the Pakistan Army wants to be conveyed to India.

FATF is an inter-governmental body established with an objective to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

"The global body then asked Pakistan to report in February (this year) on actions taken by Islamabad against terror outfits, as per the report". "W, of course, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism in those talks", MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters. "Similarly, the NSA-level engagement is part of operational-level talks", Kumar added. "Talks and terror cannot go together but talks on terror can go ahead", externalaffairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

The confirmation is significant as the MEA had maintained silence on the talks between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Lt. Gen. Nasir Jannjua that were reported in the Pakistani and the Indian media last month. "We have said terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can definitely go ahead", the MEA spokesman said, adding that such operational-level talks are "not announced".

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The meeting took place in Bangkok on December 26, a day after ex-Indian Navy official Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is languishing in Pak custody, met his mother and wife in Islamabad.

The meeting between the two NSAs took place in Thailand almost three weeks ago.

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

In addition, the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries have talked as and when need arise, though the formal FS-level talks, which were precursor to the CBD, too have been put on abeyance. New Delhi had claimed that the two women were mistreated by Pakistani officials during the meeting.