Anti-terror NMFT conference: PM Modi takes veiled dig at Pakistan
Delivering the inaugural address at the third "No Money For Terror (NMFT) Ministerial Conference" in Delhi, PM Narendra Modi said new finance technologies were being used to fund terrorism. He said India has always remained firm in fighting terror and "even a single attack is one too many." In an indirect jibe at Pakistan, he said certain countries supporting terrorism must be isolated.
Why does this story matter?
- The NMFT meet focuses on countering terrorism financing in which around 450 delegates from 70 countries are participating this time.
- The two-day event is being held at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.
- Heads of multilateral organizations, including the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), are attending the conference.
- To recall, Pakistan recently made it out of FATF's gray list—a global watchlist to prevent terrorism financing.
Terrorism part of certain countries' foreign policy: PM Modi
#WATCH | At 'No Money for Terror’ Conference, PM says, "...Well known that terrorist orgs get money through several sources-one is state support. Certain countries support terrorism as part of their foreign policy. They offer political, ideological financial support to them..." pic.twitter.com/JwsK8qzVUR— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2022
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