US concerned over Pakistan’s 'deficiencies in implementing anti-money laundering, counterterrorism laws'

Published: February 16, 2018
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US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert: PHOTO: FILE PHOTO

US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert has expressed concern about ‘Pakistan’s deficiencies in the implementation of anti-money laundering and counterterrorism laws’.

Talking to reporters during a press briefing, Nauert admitted that a resolution to place Pakistan on a global terror-financing ‘watch list’ had been submitted to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The spokesperson told reporters that the US had been concerned for a long time about the actions of Pakistani authorities.

“We have therefore decided that we want to place Pakistan on an international watch list. Further details about the matter are confidential, and cannot be revealed at the moment,” Nauert added.

US pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist

Earlier, a senior Pakistani official had said that the United States was putting forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch-list with an anti-money laundering monitoring group.

Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure officials fear could hurt its economy.

The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Islamabad denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India.
A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organisation could adopt the motion on Pakistan.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Miftah Ismail, told Reuters the United States and Britain put forward the motion several weeks ago, and later persuaded France and Germany to co-sponsor it.

“We are now working with the US, UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn,” Ismail said, speaking by telephone from Europe. “We are also quite hopeful that even if the US did not withdraw the nomination that we will prevail and not be put on the watch-list.”

Pakistan says taking steps to curb terror financing, money laundering

Pakistan was previously on the FATF watch-list from 2012 to 2015. A senior US official, who follows US policy in the region, said Pakistan has “always been selective” in cracking down on militants who use its territory as a base.

“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 Taliban,” said the official, referring to militants operating along the border with Afghanistan.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • concerned
    Feb 16, 2018 - 2:46PM

    Enough is enough. Stop the trade routes. I am getting tired of no action from us and America getting bolder and bolder.

    EnoughRecommend

  • Anwar
    Feb 16, 2018 - 7:26PM

    Just close the NATO supply lines to Afghanistan. Who is America to talk about Pakistan? First stop killing black people in your own country, then give other countries a lecture.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 16, 2018 - 8:38PM

    @concerned:
    Going by the quality of education in the country one can assume such myopic views from the masses. Our media is selective in showing news and obsessed with political shows for the sake of greed. You dare touch that line and see bankruptcy and anarchy within coming months.
    We have been seeing this denial coming from our government regarding NWA and other agencies too which only got better when we listened to the USA and got rid of those criminals from tribal areas. Perhaps, we should always listen to what the West and US says and we might get a prosperous country for once.
    On the other hand, USA is backbone to the economy of the world as the whole system revolves around it be it IMF, WorldBank and all other financial systems around the world. They can choke any economy at will if they decide to USSR being one example in the past. Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 17, 2018 - 5:46AM

    US is absolutely right. When leaders, businessmen and judges have offshore companies and have engaged in large scale money-laundering themselves, how can they control militants from doing the same???Recommend

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