Pak to remain in ‘grey’ list of FATF till Feb 2021


PTI, Oct 23, 2020, 9:23 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan will remain in FATF’s ‘grey’ list till February 2021 as it has failed to fulfil six key obligations of the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog that include failure to take action against two of India’s most wanted terrorists — Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, officials said on Friday.

The virtual plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), held in the last three days, concluded that Pakistan will continue in its ‘grey’ list.

The decision has been taken after a thorough review of Pakistan’s performance in fulfilling the global commitments and standards on the fight against money laundering and terror financing.

“Pakistan remains in the increased monitoring list or the grey list,” FATF president Marcus Pleyer said at a virtual press conference from Paris.

Pakistan failed to fulfil six of the 27 mandates so far as a result of which the country continues to be in the grey list of the FATF.

“Pakistan failed to fulfil six of the 27 mandates given to check terror funding,” Pleyer said.

The FATF chief said Islamabad must impose sanctions and prosecute those involved in terror financing.

“Pakistan needs to do more on checking terror funding, it can’t stop now,” he said.

Sources said the tasks in which Pakistan failed to fulfil include failure to take action against all UN-designated terrorists like Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Azhar, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Seed and the outfit’s operational commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Besides, sources said, FATF has noted the fact that there was the sudden disappearance of the names of more than 4,000 terrorists from its original list of 7,600 under Schedule IV of its Anti Terrorism Act.

Pakistan’s position will be up for review in the next meeting of the FATF to be held in February next year.

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