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Pakistan may be shifted to FATF ‘black list’ to make things worse, choke all financial aid from outside

Prime News, International (Islamabad), October 31:- The decision to include Pakistan in the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was taken by consensus and not by just one country, FATF President Dr. Marcus Pleyer has said. Speaking at a press conference, Pleyer also dismissed reports of any possible political connotation regarding the global financial watchdog’s decision.

“FATF is a technical body and we take our decision by consensus, so not only one country that makes the decision, the FATF contains 39 jurisdictions and also the decision on Pakistan was taken by consensus,” Pleyer had said at the Paris based watchdog.

Pakistan was once again retained on the FATF’s increased monitoring list earlier this month as it has failed to curb terror financing of UN proscribed terrorists on its soil.

The Imran Khan government might well have anticipated the snub from France, the country it has been attacking for banning the wearing of the burqa in public places, according to Islam Khabar.

Along with Islamabad, Turkey was too placed on the FATF’s ‘grey list’ for failing to check terror financing. Turkey will now give company to its ‘brother’ Pakistan, along with over two dozen countries on the FATF grey list.

The publication stated that a case for shifting Pakistan to the black list has always looked strong but Turkey’s slide into the grey list deprives Pakistan of vital support. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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