Suffering the threat of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Pakistan might escape the slip down. It looks that the terror financing watchdog would keep the nation in Grey list with strong warnings for sticking to the guidelines.
FATF’s review group had a discussion about Pakistan on Tuesday and the decision is likely to be taken Today. As per reports, no decision on Pakistan has been taken and the meeting on Friday would only be focusing upon whether to put the nation on the blacklist or not.
Support of China, Turkey, and Malaysia to Pakistan during the plenary session of FATF in June and the support at UNGA last month is likely to help Pakistan escape blacklisting.
Asia Pacific Group (APG) report released on Monday, assigned a national risk-rating of ‘medium’ to Pakistan. The report further said that, “several United Nations listed organizations continue to operate openly in Pakistan, including holding fundraising events” and that since February 2018 Pakistan had taken positive actions against these organizations “but UNSCR 1267 is not being fully implemented”.
Earlier Pakistan was put on the grey list in the year 2012 and it took 3 years for the nation to come out of it in 2015. Last year again Pakistan was put in the grey list with a high possibility of it slipping to the blacklist.
Pakistan’s geographical connect with neighbors like Iran and Afghanistan heighten its risk of Terror financing in link with smuggling of cash. The nation houses a wide network of terrorist groups within its borders with extension of outfits from Afghanistan and Iran.
Recently India’s NSA Ajit Doval said that the biggest pressure on Pakistan is from the side of “FATF”. He also talked about cutting the source of finance to the terror outfits as the critical blow to terrorism.