LAST UPDATED: Feb. 22, 2021, 11:13 a.m.
Islamabad: Pakistan is not expected to pull out of the FATF’s ‘gray list’, as some European countries have taken the stand that Islamabad has not fully implemented all the points of the action plan set out by it.
The FATF is scheduled to meet on February 22 to oversee the financing of terrorism. In such a situation, it is believed that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stars are still living in the desert, because Pakistan does not seem to be getting relief soon.
The Paris-based Financial Task Force (FATF) put Pakistan on the gray list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb the financing of terrorism by the end of 2019, but later the Covid-19 pandemic The reason was that the deadline was extended. According to the Dawn newspaper, the plenary session of the FATF will be held in Paris from February 22 to February 25, in which matters of various gray-list countries including Pakistan will be considered and a decision will be taken at the conclusion of the meetings.
In the last plenary session 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. 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. 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.
Decision will be taken by consensus
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. The newspaper quoted a journalist covering the FATF as saying that some European countries, notably host France, have recommended the FATF to keep 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.
France unhappy with Pakistan on cartoon issue
He said that France is not happy with Islamabad’s recent reaction to the cartoon issue. He said that Pakistan has not even deployed a regular ambassador in Paris. 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 until at least June this year.