The Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui categorically refutes reports of unfreezing the bank accounts of the UN designated individuals, saying that ‘targeted financial sanctions’ on the persons are still in place. FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui in a statement, said ‘factually incorrect and misleading” the report published in an English newspaper last day that had claimed restoration of the bank accounts of the UN sanctioned persons. She mentioned that UNSC 1267 Sanctions Committee had granted basic expense exemptions to the designated individuals in 2019, in accordance with the exemption provisions of the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). “The exemptions were granted to allow these individuals to meet their basic expenses and do not involve any restoration or unfreezing of the bank accounts. These exemptions are being enforced and monitored as per law,” she added. The spokesperson expressed the hope that “due care would be taken in ascertaining facts with relevant government departments before filing such reports in the future”.