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'Our efforts paid off': Pakistan claims it foiled US bid to place it on terror finance watch-list

Islamabad: Pakistan has been given a three-month reprieve by the global watchdog FATF over a US-sponsored motion to put it on a terrorist financing watch-list, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has claimed.

File image of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif. Twitter/@KhwajaMAsif

File image of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif. Twitter/@KhwajaMAsif

"Our efforts paid, FATF Paris 20 February meeting conclusion on US-led motion to put Pakistan on watch-list. No consensus for nominating Pakistan. Proposing three months pause and asking APG (Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering) for another report to be considered in June. Grateful to friends who helped," Asif said in a tweet.

Member states of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) have been meeting this week in Paris, where it was expected that they would decide on a US motion — backed by the UK, France and Germany — to have Pakistan added to the 'grey list' of countries not doing enough to comply with terrorist-funding regulations, Dawn reported.

Pakistan has sent Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Miftah Ismail to attend the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting at a time when the activities of Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) have created problems for the Pakistan government, media reports said.

The US and the UK had moved the motion to place Pakistan on the FATF terrorist-financing watch-list. France and Germany are co-sponsoring the move, the report said.

The meetings involve more than 700 delegates from the 203 jurisdictions of the FATF Global Network, as well as the UN, IMF, World Bank and other partners.

If the FATF adopts the resolution, Pakistan could once again be placed on the grey list of countries with deficient anti-money laundering regimes.

Pakistan suspects India's hand behind the US-sponsored resolution as Ismail recently lamented that the FATA was used for political purposes, the report said.

According to the financial sector experts, any move to place Pakistan on the watch-list would enhance scrutiny level of the financial transactions that the country's banking sector would undertake with the rest of the world.

Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 19:47 PM

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