FATF decides Pakistan’s fate on greylist in crucial plenary session

FATF decides Pakistan’s fate on greylist in crucial plenary session

*ISLAMABAD: **FATF decides Pakistan’s fate on greylist in crucial plenary session.*

A crucial plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) kicked off in Paris on Sunday where it would be decided whether or not Pakistan had taken enough measures against money laundering and terror financing to be taken off the global watchdog’s grey list.

The meeting will formally start from tomorrow (Monday) and last until February 21.

Pakistani officials are fairly optimistic about exiting the grey list saying that there has been significant progress in meeting the financial watchdog’s requirements.

In February 2018, the FATF had found serious deficiencies in the country’s anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism regimes and gave Pakistan a 27-point action plan to exit the grey list.

In October last year it gave another warning to Islamabad to show full compliance by February 2020.

During the meetings of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group of the FATF in Beijing last month, Pakistan was found to have largely addressed 14 of the 27 points in the action plan. There was partial compliance in 11 of them.

However, Pakistani officials fear that the FATF might declare two action points related to cash couriers and convictions in terror-financing cases non-compliant.

Sources said Pakistan was still not fully compliant but had made significant progress that was acknowledged by the countries that reviewed its progress report.

It has largely addressed the issues highlighted against majority of the action points.