Pakistan army warns India of 'surprise'

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Expressing grave concern, worldwide terror financing watchdog FATF Friday condemned the Pulwama terror attack and said Pakistan has failed to demonstrate a proper understanding on funding of terrorist groups such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba.

US President Donald Trump voiced alarm Friday at the "very risky situation" between India and Pakistan, warning that New Delhi was considering "very strong" action after an attack in Kashmir. According to the initial report, Pakistan will continue to stay on the grey watch list of the Financial Action Task Force. "This stands over and above party politics", he said, adding that soon after the Pulwama attack, everyone has seen how his government are giving it back to Pakistan which "is facing a tough time ahead".

"It's a awful thing going on right now between Pakistan and India.it is a very, very bad situation and it's a very unsafe situation between the two countries". On January 27, 2017, Interior Ministry had placed JuD and FIF on its Watch List under section 11-D-(1) of Schedule II of Anti Terrorism Act, 1997.

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Pakistan was placed on the "grey list" in June past year and was lobbying hard to be removed from the list at this meeting. Total four organisations were on that list till Thursday.

The FATF noted that since June 2018 when Pakistan made a high-level commitment to work with the global body and address its strategic counter terrorist and financing-related deficiencies, Islamabad has taken some steps in this direction. It was established by the G7 in 1989 and is headquartered in Paris. Through this dossier, India wants to expose the neighbouring country's links with terrorism and build pressure on Pakistan, sources had said. The FATF advised Pakistan to take further actions that include detailed assessment of TF Risk, strengthening of AML/CFT supervisory measures by the regulatory authorities, financial inquiries and investigations into terrorist funding activities and promotion of awareness among the citizens on CFT measures and controls. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan-based terrorist outfit, claimed responsibility for the attack. If the FATF blacklists Pakistan, it may lead to downgrading of the country by lenders like International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and European Union.

There have been calls from some Indians to boycott June's match, but Friday's statement appears to support speculation India would instead try to force the ICC to ban Pakistan from the competition.

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