By Aarti Tikoo Singh
New Delhi/Paris, Feb 21 | India on Friday commended Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for its decision to retain Pakistan in the punitive grey list because of its failure to curb terror funding.
The FATF, the global watchdog for terror funding, in its plenary meeting in Paris from February 16-21, noted that the Imran Khan government is yet to implement half of the 27-point action plan to crackdown on financial support to terror groups.
In a major setback, FATF not only kept Pakistan in the grey list, but also threatened to blacklist it if it failed to significantly end financial support to terror groups by June this year. The agreed deadline for compliance was already over in September 2019.
“Pakistan will continue in the grey list and all its propaganda and false claims, as in the past, to mislead its public and world at large about exiting the FATF grey list in February 2020 has been decisively proved false,” an official in New Delhi said.
Sources said the FATF has strongly asked Pakistan to swiftly complete its full action plan by June 2020. It has also warned Islamabad that if significant and sustainable progress especially in prosecuting and penalising terrorist financing, is not made by the June 2020 plenary, the FATF will black list it. That will result in FATF calling on its members and urging them to advise their financial institutions to withdraw investments from Pakistan.
Bangalore, April 02, 2020 : The nationwide lockdown to combat Coronavirus outbreak in the country has led to severe difficulties for the poor and homeless people. In an effort to help the needy, Greenwood High International School, has come forward to do their bit to the cause. The school have undertaken the initiative to prepare food for 300 underprivileged families every day and distribute in and around Sarjapur area with the help of Sarjapur police station. This would be a continuous support from the school authority towards the needy people until the lockdown ends. While distributing the food, the school authority also followed the social distancing norms and ensured that necessary precautionary measures like masks and gloves were used in the entire process to provide clean and hygienic food to the people.
Speaking on this initiative, Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High said: “As much as we believe in inculcating the values of benevolence and philanthropy among our students, we practise these ourselves too. Greenwood High has always been compassionate to help those in need and we continue to do so. We are mindful of contributing to the society in multiple ways and are proud to leverage our sources towards such an important cause. Several NGOs, individuals and businesses are pitching in to help the citizens and government through various initiatives with the hope that humanity would survive these dreadful times of coronavirus onslaught. We believe that only by active collaboration between all the members of the society, we will be able to overcome the impact of this pandemic.”