Pakistan remains on the ‘gray list’ after failing to complete six major tasks assigned to it by the FATF, including cracking down on wanted terrorists in India, Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed, and suddenly more than 4,000 terrorists have disappeared from its official list. There is a possibility of staying. Officials said this on Sunday.
The Digital Plenary Session of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will be held on October 21-23, after a detailed review of Islamabad’s effectiveness in meeting global commitments and standards in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing. The final decision will be taken
An official associated with the development said the FATF had tasked Pakistan to complete a total of 227 action plans to completely stop the financing of terrorism, of which only 21 had been completed and some had not been implemented.
Steps Pakistan has not taken include taking action against UN-banned militants such as Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and the organisation’s operational commander Zakiur Rahman Lakhvir. Further, the FATF has taken stern note that more than 20,000,000 names have suddenly disappeared from Pakistan’s original list of 600 terrorists under Schedule V of the Anti-Terrorism Act.
“Under these circumstances, Pakistan is almost certain to be on the FATF’s gray list.” In addition, the four nominees – the United States, Britain, France and Germany – are also unhappy with Pakistan’s commitment to crack down on terrorist groups operating from Pakistani soil. Azhar, Saeed Saeed and Lakshmi are the most wanted terrorists to be involved in many terrorist attacks in India.