New Delhi, Oct 22: India on Thursday hit out against Pakistan and said Islamabad continues to provide safe havens to militant entities and individuals.
Pakistan has also not yet taken any action against several militant entities and individuals including those proscribed by the UNSC such as MasoodAzhar, Dawood Ibrahim, Zakir-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said while replying to a query during the virtual weekly briefing here.
‘‘It is understood that Pakistan has addressed only 21 action items so far out of total 27 point FATF Action Plan. Six important action items are yet to be addressed,’’ Srivastava said.
The Paris-based global watchdog FATF is holding its virtual plenary session from October 21 to 23. It is reviewing Pakistan’s progress on the 27-point action plan.
‘‘The issue of Pakistan’s compliance is being looked at the virtual FATF Plenary meeting is underway and will get over on the 23rd of October. FATF makes public announcements of its decisions according to its rules and procedures after its Plenary meeting,’’ he said.
Asked about the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesperson said, “Pakistani forces have continued to engage in unprovoked ceasefire violations, often from civilian areas, to support infiltration of terrorists across the LoC. This is a clear violation of the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding between the two sides.”
‘‘This year, till date, Pakistani forces have carried out more than 3800 unprovoked ceasefire violations. There have also been attempts to drop arms and ammunition close to the LoC in the garb of civilian activities,’’ he said.
‘‘We have also witnessed that Pakistan’s aid and abetment to cross-border militancy, smuggling of arms and narcotic substances has spilled over to the International Boundary including through usage of drones and quad copters,’’ the spokesperson said.
Srivastava further added that such violations are regularly highlighted to Pakistan through diplomatic channels and at the regular DGMO level talks.