India strong lobbying to put Pakistan on FATF blacklist: Report

India strong lobbying to put Pakistan on FATF blacklist: Report

ISLAMABAD - Indian efforts to place Pakistan on FATF blacklist have been revealed during the current session of the Asia Pacific Group.

Pakistan showed the spirited performance at the Asia Pacific Joint Group meeting and is increasing its diplomatic outreach to other FATF members, a Pakistani official who was part of the negotiations said on condition of strict anonymity.

Indian members in the Financial Action Task Force's Reviewer Group, the APJG (Asia Pacific Joint Group) which met in Bangkok this week are strongly lobbying to put Pakistan on blacklist.

Pakistan answered 127 questions of APJG and giving clear written replies based on statistics however two Indian members of the 16-member multi-nation Group objected on every one of 27 items, DNA has reported.

The Group needs to realise that new PTI Government is committed to removing terrorism from every nook and corner of Pakistan, Pakistani Minister said at Asia Pacific Group meet.

The Minister of Economic Affairs led the delegation from the front and effectively briefed Prime Minister Imran Khan on all aspects.

Pakistan is now planning to enhance its outreach to all members of FATF.

Imran Khan is slated to meet at least 20 global leaders on the sidelines at UNGA later this month.

FATF had placed Pakistan on its grey list in June 2018, giving it a 15-month Action Plan to complete implementation of a 27 point Action Plan, failing which Pakistan could be placed in the blacklist