Paris. A three-day virtual meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has begun on 21–21 October in Paris, France. In this meeting an important decision has to be made about the future of Pakistan, but it is believed that due to the failures of Imran Khan, Pakistan will remain in the gray list this time too. The FATF had given Pakistan a target of 6 important tasks, which it has failed to accomplish. At the same time, there is news that terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar can be the biggest reason for staying in his gray list.
The FATF had given Pakistan 27 targets related to terror funding, money laundering and the help of terrorist organizations, of which the last 6 were to be met before this meeting. However, to the contrary, neither Pakistan has taken any action against terrorists Hafiz Saeed and Maulana Masood Azhar nor has given any explanation about the 400 terrorists who have disappeared from the watchlist. According to FATF officials, due to this failure of Pakistan, he will remain in the gray list and can also be considered to be blacklisted soon. Pakistan was asked to take action against the UN-declared terrorist organizations Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba, but has failed to do so.
Pakistan will remain in gray list
The Digital Action Session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will fully review Islamabad’s performance in meeting global commitments and standards in the fight against money laundering and terrorism financing. An official associated with the development said that the FATF had given Pakistan the responsibility to complete a total of 27 action plans to completely stop the financing of terrorism, of which it has just completed 21 and has not completed some work. The actions that Pakistan has not completed include taking action against terrorists like Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed and Zakir ur Rehman Lakhvi.
Apart from this, the FATF has taken strong cognizance that more than 4,000 names suddenly disappeared from Pakistan’s original list of 7,600 terrorists under Schedule Five of the Anti-Terrorism Act. The official said that under these circumstances it is almost certain that Pakistan will remain in the gray list of FATF. Apart from this, the four nominating countries – America, Britain, France and Germany are also not satisfied with its commitment to take strict action against terrorist organizations operating from Pakistan’s land. Azhar, Saeed and Lakhvi are the most wanted terrorists to be involved in many terrorist attacks in India.