- Pakistan can remain in FATF’s gray list till June 2021
- Pakistani media quoted FATF watchers
- France is angry in the Prophet cartoon case and America in the Pearl murder case
Pakistan has now realized that it will not get any relief in the FATF meeting to be held from Monday. In such a situation, there is a danger of Pakistan continuing to remain in the FATF gray list till June. On the other hand, apart from France, some other European countries have admitted that Pakistan has not fully complied with all the points of the FATF’s prescribed action plan. The US is also concerned about the release of Daniel Pearl’s killers from Imran Khan.
FATF meeting will start from Monday
The FATF’s plenary meeting to oversee money laundering and terrorism financing is scheduled to take place from 22 February. In June 2018, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on the gray list. Following which the FATF asked Islamabad to implement an action plan to curb money laundering and terrorism financing by the end of 2019. However, this deadline was later extended due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Pakistan will decide on 25 February
According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the plenary session of the FATF will be held in Paris from 22 February to 25 February in which matters of various countries including Pakistan remain on the gray list will be considered and a decision will be taken at the conclusion of the meetings. In the last plenary held in October 2020, the FATF concluded that Pakistan would continue in its gray list until February 2021 as it failed to meet six of 27 obligations of global money laundering and terrorist financing surveillance.
FATF wants action against Masuz Azhar and Hafiz Saeed
According to him, it also includes action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists – Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. Azhar and Saeed are the most wanted terrorists in India for their involvement in several terrorist acts, including the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and the terrorist attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir last year.
Pakistan claims to fulfill all the points
An official source related to these developments told the newspaper on Saturday that Pakistan has complied with the six recommendations and has also submitted details to the FATF Secretariat. The source said that now members will evaluate Pakistan’s response during the meeting. The source said that the decision would be taken by consensus among the members.
France is already against Pakistan for the cartoon
Dawn quoted a journalist covering the FATF as saying that some European countries, notably the host France, have recommended the FATF to retain Pakistan in the gray list, and have taken the stand that Islamabad has all the points fully Are not implemented from. He said that other European countries are also supporting France. He said that France was not happy with Islamabad’s recent reaction to the cartoon issue. He said that Pakistan has not even deployed a regular ambassador in Paris.
America is also irritated with Pakistan
The US has also expressed concern over the acquittal of the accused in the kidnapping and murder case of American journalist Daniel Pearl. It is feared that the US may also advocate for Pakistan to continue in the ‘gray list’ till at least June this year.
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