USA bid to put Pakistan on global terror watch-list fails

Pak sends top official to plead its case in FATF meet in Paris
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22 February, 2018

But the USA -initiated move was blocked at the body's meeting in Paris due to differences among members, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif wrote in a tweet overnight into Wednesday.

Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif.

On Saturday, Pakistan tried a new gambit to escape the terror financing tag, pleading with the United States that putting it on the Fatf grey list would humiliate it in the eyes of the hardliners who have argued that there is no percentage in toeing the U.S. line.

APG is the Asia / Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) in the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which took up the matter of Pakistan's patronage of terrorism this week.

The FATF, which establishes global standards for combating illicit finance, is expected to meet in Paris next week where the monitor group may approve the motion on Pakistan. "Other options are also examined, including deliveries of LNG to Pakistan by Gazprom", Lavrov said following talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

"Our efforts paid, FATF Paris 20 Feb meeting conclusion on U.S. led motion to put Pakistan on watch list -No consensus for nominating Pakistan; -proposing 3months pause & asking APG for another report to be considered in June".

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Pakistan had been on the FATF watchlist for years but was removed in 2015 following "significant progress" in meeting its demands. "No consensus for nominating Pakistan", the minister said. It's believed that Islamabad's recent move to ban Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) as well as the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), run by Pakistan-based Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed, who Washington designated a terrorist, helped win the reprieve.

"We are now working with the U.S., UK, Germany, and France for the nomination to be withdrawn", Ismail told Reuters.

Reacting to the U.S. move, the Foreign Office said Pakistan has serious concerns regarding the American resolution.

According to the original plan, the Director General Financial Monitoring Unit, a joint secretary-level official of the Ministry of Finance and representatives from the State Bank of Pakistan and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan were to represent Pakistan at the FATF meeting.

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