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Pak may be out of FATF ‘Grey List’ next month

Pak may be out of FATF ‘Grey List’ next month
January 24
11:07 2020

NEW DELHI: Pakistan may be out of the ‘Grey List’ of the international terror financing watchdog FATF next month due to the active support of China and tactical support of some Western countries, official said on Thursday.

At a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) held in Beijing, Islamabad submitted its compliance report and got support from the FATF current chair and its “all-weather friend” China and a few Western powers.

“The next plenary of the FATF will be held in February in Paris and Pakistan needs just 12 votes out of 39 to exit the ‘Grey List’ and move to ‘White List’. There is a strong possibility of Islamabad getting enough support to exit the ‘Grey List’,” an Indian official privy to the development said.

In recent meetings of FATF, Pakistan has got support of Malaysia and Turkey besides China. If Pakistan could convince a few Western nations with their report of taking action against terrorists, the country will be out of FATF ‘Grey List’, which will be a cause of worry for India, the official said.

If Pakistan comes out of the FATF ‘Grey List’, it will be easy for the country to get financial aid from the IMF, World Bank, ADB and the European Union, helping improve its precarious financial situation.

The FATF plenary had noted in its last meeting held in October 2019 that Pakistan addressed only five out of the 27 tasks given to it in controlling funding to terror groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, responsible for a series of attacks in India.

The FATF said it strongly urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its full action plan by February, 2020. In the Beijing meeting, Pakistan provided a list of its action taken to comply with the FATF diktat. Pakistan was placed on the ‘Grey List’ by the FATF in June, 2018 and was given a plan of action to complete it by October, 2019 or face the risk of being placed on the blacklist along with Iran and North Korea.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. The FATF currently has 35 members and two regional organisations — the European Commission and Gulf Cooperation Council.

India is a member of the FATF consultations and its Asia Pacific Group and was represented in the meeting by a team of officials from the ministries of Home, External Affairs and Finance. PTI

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