FATF greylist: America ditched Pakistan yet again?

FATF greylist: America ditched Pakistan yet again?

ISLAMABAD - Over the issue of FATF greylist, America has ditched Pakistan yet again at the international forum.

The support extended by the US in the FATF issue was apparently not there for Pakistan. Otherwise, Pakistan would have come out of the grey list,” Pakistan Today has reported quoting senior government official.

As the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has directed Islamabad to take more measures for the complete elimination of terror financing and money laundering, economists in Pakistan believe that the government would need to bold key political and administrative decisions to come out of the FATF grey list.

FATF on Friday formally announced that Pakistan will remain on its grey list till February 2020.

“It seems the incumbent government has not taken the (FATF) matter seriously,” a renowned economist and a former government official said, adding that the government should now take some political and administrative decisions to avoid difficulties at FATF in February 2022.

Meanwhile, renowned economist and Economic Advisory Council member Dr Ashfaq Hassan said although Pakistan has shown tremendous progress on major FATF conditions, the anti-Pakistan lobby may try to keep Pakistan in the grey list as long as the IMF programme continues.

“Majority of remaining tasks are political in nature. The positive aspect is that both civil and military leaderships are on the same page on the FATF issue,” he said. “I hope Pakistan will meet the tasks within the given timeframe. But my apprehension is that the some influential countries like India will force FATF to keep Pakistan under pressure,” he added.