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US seeks to put Pakistan on terror-financing watchlist

US seeks to put Pakistan on terror-financing watchlist

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Feb 14, 2018 - 12:27

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United States and its allies have tabled a motion with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) seeking to place Pakistaninfo-icon on a watchlist of countries considered non-compliant with global anti-terror financing measures.

Reuters news agency quoted Miftah Ismail, Pakistan's de facto finance minister, as saying the US and UK had nominated Pakistan to be put on the watchdog’s international money-laundering and terror-financing ‘grey list’ a few weeks ago.

Later, France and Germany also joined them as co-sponsors of the motion. "We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn," said Ismail, adviser to the prime minister on finance.

"We are also quite hopeful that even if the US did not withdraw the nomination, we will prevail and not be put on the watchlist," he told Reuters. The motion may be adopted at the FATF meeting in Paris from February 18 to 23.

A senior Trump administration official told Reuters moving the motion was a well-thought-out step to urge Pakistan into taking action against all militant groups rather than just selective ones.

"It is time for that to stop, and so we are working with our allies, who also are affected, to see effective action against groups such as the Haqqanis and elements of the Talibaninfo-icon,” the official added.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have nosedived in the past year and in his first tweet of 2018, Trump said Pakistan gave lies and deceit in return for American assistance.

The US alleges Pakistan has not taken any action against Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, his Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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