Pakistan enjoying usual recreation to beat FATF gray listing
By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha
New Delhi, Feb 18 | Pakistan has launched an aggressive diplomatic effort in a determined transfer to attempt to exit the gray listing of the Monetary Motion Process Power (FATF), the worldwide watchdog to fight financing of terrorism.
Based on the Specific Tribune, a Pakistani newspaper, Pakistan has reached out to member international locations of the Monetary Motion Process Power (FATF) in an effort to garner their help for exiting from the gray
listing, simply days forward of a gathering which is about to start on February 22. This 12 months the session could be held nearly. The four-day assembly would determine whether or not to maintain Pakistan within the gray listing or not.
Though Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sounded optimistic in regards to the final result of the upcoming FATF assembly, officers admitted that Pakistan would stay within the gray listing a minimum of till June, the paper says.
Pakistan requires about 15 votes to maneuver out of the gray listing and a minimal of three votes to keep away from falling into the blacklist. The FATF presently has 39 full members.
Pakistan has nonetheless bought to fulfill 13 of the 27 parameters laid down by the FATF to point out that it’s not linked to terror financing in an effort to come out of the gray listing. Whereas it would get the three votes of buddies China, Turkey, and Malaysia to flee the black listing, it would additionally want approval from 12 out of the FATF’s 39 members to exit the “gray listing,” which it has not been in a position to get thus far.
Final 12 months too, Pakistan couldn’t get its identify faraway from the gray listing regardless of hiring a high US lobbying agency and providing its leverage with the Taliban to the US for discount of violence in Afghanistan.
The digital plenary of the Monetary Motion Process Power (FATF), held on October 21-23, concluded that Pakistan will proceed to stay in its “gray” listing until February 2021.
Pakistan had did not fulfil six of the 27 mandates given to examine terror funding and was informed to impose sanctions and prosecute these concerned in terror financing. The FATF had noticed that Pakistan must do extra on checking terror funding.
“Over the previous few days, the Overseas Workplace has been inviting ambassadors and diplomats of FATF-member international locations to temporary them in regards to the ‘substantive progress’ made by Pakistan to implement the 27-point motion plan,” officers accustomed to the event informed Specific Tribune.
Pakistan has been on the ‘gray listing’ since June 2018 for failing to take ample steps to counter terror financing, cash laundering and guarantee profitable prosecution of terrorists.
Pakistan had been given a 27-point motion plan to get out of the gray listing. Islamabad was given a number of deadlines to implement the plan. In October final 12 months, the FATF acknowledged Pakistan’s progress however referred to as for the complete implementation of the plan by February this 12 months.
Pakistan at all times tries to point out forward of the FATF conferences that it’s taking motion in opposition to terrorists who’re then allowed to return to their outdated methods after the assembly is over. As an example, Lashkar-e Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, concerned in 26/11 Mumbai assaults has been sentenced to jail however is allowed to remain in his personal home and lead a traditional life. This has been an everyday sample wherein terrorists are put in jail within the run-up to the FATF assembly and given bail and allowed to roam free after the assembly is over.
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