In opposition, the Pakistani parliament passed two bills related to the FATF

Prime Minister's Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan tabled the Anti-Terrorism Amendment (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the United Nations (Security Council) (Amendment) Bill 2020.

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Prime Minister’s Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan tabled the Anti-Terrorism Amendment (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the United Nations (Security Council) (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Islamabad:

Troubled by a volatile economy, Pakistan has now split from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) gray list to be blacklisted if it does not follow the force’s instructions by October. The danger is that, on Wednesday, the government of Pakistan passed two bills related to the FATF in the Qaumi (National) Assembly despite opposition. Prime Minister’s Adviser on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan tabled the Anti-Terrorism Amendment (Amendment) Bill 2020 and the United Nations (Security Council) (Amendment) Bill 2020.

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As voting on the bill’s provisions began, opposition members stood up and began shouting. For this reason, the Speaker had to adjourn the Parliament three minutes.

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The protest was sparked by a statement from Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. On Tuesday, Qureshi said the opposition was not supporting the bills because the government had refused to reduce the severity of the anti-corruption law.


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