Pakistan amends anti-terror laws to avoid worldwide sanctions

Pakistan amends anti-terror laws to avoid worldwide sanctions

Senator Farhatullah Babar on Wednesday warned against Pakistan being put on the watch-list as a country deemed noncompliant with terror-financing regulations of the United Nations which would deal a huge blow to the country's economy and called for the sincerity of goal in matching the promises with the ground reality.

The US has approached an worldwide group to place Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watch list, accusing Islamabad of not complying with the UN Security Council resolutions relating to terror groups including al-Qaeda and its affiliates, a top State Department official said today.

The External Affairs Ministry declined to comment formally on Islamabad's latest actions.

"The budget requests $256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance to help increase stability, promote economic growth and create opportunities for USA businesses, " said the annual budgetary proposals sent by the White House to the Congress. Pakistan has lobbied strongly for support with Russia, Turkey and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council in the run-up to the FATF meeting.

The FATF is scheduled to meet later this month, wherein America's move is up for discussion. The White House had said it would consider lifting the freeze if Pakistan acts against militant groups operating in the country.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to Gulf countries and Jordan is likely to weigh strongly with them as well, officials said.

The FATF discussions are confidential and there will be no publicly released information until there is a FATF Plenary decision that Pakistan should be publicly identified.

European Union ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski said that the European Union was cooperating "actively" with India to designate terrorists and to stop terror financing, but would not make a specific comment on the FATF meeting.

The US has consistently expressed our long-standing concern about ongoing deficiencies in Pakistan s implementation of its anti-money laundering/counter-terrorism finance (AML/CFT) regime, a State Department Spokesperson told PTI amid media reports from Pakistan that the US has approached the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in this regard.

The intergovernmental body had its plenary in Buenos Aires held in November a year ago and asked Pakistan to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and JuD at the Paris meeting.

Pakistan's top civil-military coordination forum had reviewed the steps taken by the federal and provincial governments for compliance with FATF requirements in view of the upcoming FATF plenary meeting, which will take up a report to be submitted by Pakistan on actions taken to choke funding of JuD chief Saeed and the organisations linked with him.

Later this year, Pakistan will face more scrutiny at the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) meeting in Kathmandu in July, and a full review, that takes place every decade, is expected to begin in October 2018, adding to concerted pressure from the global community to crack down on terror groups operating from its soil.

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