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Pakistan Hopes to Dodge Grey List Status as Delegation Reaches Paris for FATF Review Meeting

The FATF meeting in Paris will decide the fate of Pakistan with three possibilities — putting it into green list, continuing it into grey list or in worst case scenario putting the country into blacklist.


Updated:October 14, 2019, 8:54 AM IST
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Pakistan Hopes to Dodge Grey List Status as Delegation Reaches Paris for FATF Review Meeting
File photo of Pakistan's Economic Affairs Minister Hammad Azhar who will be leading the delegation. (Reuters)

Islamabad/Paris: A Pakistani delegation, headed by Economic Affairs Minister Hammad Azhar, has reached Paris to attend a crucial two-day session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) set to commence on Monday.

According to sources, the FATF meeting would discuss a report on the steps taken by Pakistan till April 2019 and a decision would be made on whether to exclude Islamabad from the intergovernmental organisation's grey list, reports Geo News.

Measures taken by Pakistan to prevent terrorist financing will also be reviewed in the FATF meeting. As per Prime Minister's Adviser on Finance and Revenue, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Islamabad had completed 20 of the steps.

Sources, however, said Pakistan had already implemented most of the FATF measures, such as banning terrorist organisations.

In addition, it had also taken steps to seize the properties of terrorists and stopped them from doing business.

Last week, the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) published its long-awaited 228-page report, titled "Mutual Evaluation Report 2019", which said that Pakistan has largely but partially complied with 36 of the 40 parameters set by the FATF at the time of the country's inclusion in the grey list.

Based on the technical compliance ratings, the APG report showed that Pakistan had fully complied with only one parameter, largely complied with nine, and partially complied with 26 of the 40 parameters.

The FATF review had placed Pakistan into grey list in June 2018 and had given 27 action plans till September 2019 to comply for coming out from the grey list.

This upcoming review of the FATF meeting in Paris will now decide the fate of the country with three possibilities — excluding it from grey and put into green list, continuing it into grey list with extended period of nine to 12 months and thirdly in worst case scenario putting the country into blacklist, having dire consequences for the country's economy.

Speaking at a General Assembly Sixth Committee meeting on measures to eliminate international terrorism', First Secretary/Legal adviser in India's Permanent Mission to the UN Yedla Umasankar called for increased cooperation between the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the UN to combat terror financing.

The flow of resources meant to produce terror are required to be stopped by States for which collective inter-State efforts are required at regional and sub-regional levels. The FATF has a significant role in setting global standards for preventing and combating terrorist financing and the UN needs to increase cooperation with such bodies, Umasankar said.

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