FATF, Pakistan, terror groups
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The global watchdog Financial Action Task Force, also known as FATF, on Friday said that Pakistan does not demonstrate a “proper understanding” of the risk posed by terrorist groups AQ, JuD, LeT, JeM, and persons affiliated with the Taliban.

These remarks from the international financing body came at its plenary meeting in Paris in the backdrop of dastardly Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14. Pakistan-based JeM has claimed responsibility for the terror attack.

“Given the limited progress on action plan items … the FATF urges Pakistan to swiftly complete its action plan, particularly those with timelines of May 2019,” the FATF said in a statement. It also said that Pakistan will continue to remain in “grey list” making it difficult for the country to get international loans.

In the statement, the FATF said Pakistan needed to show sanctions were being applied in cases of money laundering and terrorism financing, demonstrate better cooperation between authorities identifying illegal money flows and enhance support for prosecutors, among other measures.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday had strongly condemned the Pulwama attack. China signed on this UNSC statement which named “Pakistan–based Jaish-e-Mohammad for the “heinous and cowardly suicide bombing.” This is significant because China had previously blocked the listing of JeM chief Masood Azahar as “global terrorist.”


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