Pakistan’s Imran Khan government has been flirting to get out of the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) once again failed to fulfill the action plan given by the Anti Terror Financing Monitoring Group. After a few hoaxes, Imran Khan is asking the world to be taken out of this list as a reward for steps taken against Terror Financing and Money Laundering and to be prevented from going on the black list.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi recently expressed optimism by saying that his country would soon come out of the gray list. In front of a group in Pakistan’s seventh largest city of Multan, Qureshi said that Islamabad has completed 80 per cent of the proposals made by the FATF and will soon be on the Pakistan white list.
New Delhi’s Anti-Terrorist Officer, which keeps an eye on Pakistan, says Islamabad is relying heavily on lobbying firm Lynden Strategies, which can sell its story that Pakistan is trying to meet its conditions. Its campaign focuses on influencing at least 12 of the 39 member countries.
Pakistan is mainly laying out three arguments. First, the Imran Khan government wants to prove that it has attacked terrorism by arresting some Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists. Second, Pakistan is hoping to be able to highlight anti-money laundering actions against some entities linked to terrorist groups. Third, Pakistan is also confident that it will be able to underline that it has implemented 21 out of 27 point action plans and is trying for the remaining six points.
A senior Indian official said, “These arguments are definitely juggling of facts … a hoax.” There is little chance that anyone will believe them. ”For example, it is forgetting that it has to take action against the 6,500 Pakistani terrorists included in the May 2020 UN Monitoring Team report, which Pakistan aims to Is deployed to Afghanistan for completion.
Pakistan had last month tried to influence the Asia Pacific Joint Group meeting, in which it had stepped up its crackdown on select groups of terrorists. But diplomats aware of the process surrounded Pakistan, saying that prosecution of terrorists declared by the United Nations was not for terror financing.
An important example of this is the verdict in Lahore against the three members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat-ud-Dawa, in which they were sentenced to minor sentences. Abdul Rahman Makki, brother-in-law of Lashkar co-founder Hafiz Saeed, was sentenced to just 18 months in prison, which was later quashed by the Lahore High Court. It is not clear whether the terrorist declared by the US, who had a bounty of $ 2 million on his head, paid the Pakistani 20,000 rupees fine.
Pakistan suffered embarrassment at the September meeting of the Asia Pacific-Joint Group. It was reported that Islamabad has failed to take action against the 8 entities stated in the Action Plan given by the FATF. Authorities also questioned the effectiveness of the three legal passes passed by Parliament.