Pakistan claims victory; as bid to place on terror watch list falls through
Pakistan has claimed a victory as it thwarted attempt at the FATF Paris on February 20 meeting to be placed on terror financing watch list.
The move had been made by the United States.
A beleaguered Pakistan has been granted a three month reprieve to clean up its act by a Paris-based international watchdog monitoring compliance.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif said that there was no consensus for nominating Pakistan on terror watch list.
Asif had to confess that the meeting was proposing 3 months pause & asking APG for another report to be considered in June.
It is subject to Islamabad fulfilling its obligation to crack down on terror financing.
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.
It is said that China is said to have given cover to Pakistan’s terrorism troubles and was expected to plead Islamabad be given more time.
Pakistani commentators claimed that support from the Gulf nations and Pakistan’s recent supply of troops to Saudi Arabia for its war on Yemen swung the issue in its favor. >