Putting Pakistan on FATF watch list would be counter productive, Pakistan warns US

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ISLAMABAD - Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that it would be counterproductive for the war against terror to put Pakistan's name on the watch list of the countries funding terrorism.

He was responding to questions by newsmen in Islamabad on Monday.

The Interior Minister said the move to put Pakistan on the watch list would hurt its capability to fight terrorism and questioned whose interest would be served by doing so.

He said Pakistan is diplomatically engaging different countries of the world to apprise them of the measures taken by the country in the war against terror.

He expressed the confidence that the international community would recognize sacrifices of Pakistan in the war against terror and will not take measures that would hamper its anti-terror campaign.

To another question, he condemned continued unprovoked firing by India on the Line of Control and said that New Delhi was resorting to the tactics in a bid to divert attention from its atrocities against people in Occupied Kashmir.

Replying to another question, Ahsan Iqbal said there is a procedure for putting names on the Exit Control List.

Earlier, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says only democracy can ensure sustainable socio-economic development.

He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the report "Inclusive and Sustainable Development" in Islamabad on Monday.

The Minister said it was because of democracy that the country was today having historic projects like China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

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