FATF report on money laundering: slams Pakistan for terror funding
The Asia – Pacific Group of FATF (Financial Action Task Force) slammed Pakistan as the later failed to take actions against terror groups. On 5th October, 2019, the group published report on Money Laundering and terror financing in Pakistan.
Key statements of the report
- The watchdog reported that Pakistan failed to implement the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) resolution against Hafiz Saeed, JeM – Jaish – e – Mohammed, LeT – Lashkar – e – Taiba.
- The report disagreed Pakistan’s self – assessment that it only faces ‘medium’ category risks.
- It also said that the key banking institutions in the country like the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan had very limited or no understanding of the terror financing regimes of the country.
- The report alerted Pakistan that it could be black listed alongside North Korea and Iran unless it takes actions against the UN – designated terrorists in its soil
FATF is the Finacial Action Task Force. It is an inter – governmental body that was established in 1989. The main objective of the organization is to set standard and promote implementation of legal regulatory measures for money laundering and terror financing. It issued a series of recommendations as international standard to combat money laundering. It now forms the base for coordinated response to threats faced by financial systems