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September 22, 2020

FATF tightens its grip on Pakistan over Terror activities

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FATF, the organization that monitors funds received for terrorist activities, has asked for more clarifications and statistics from Pakistan on action against madrasas associated with banned organizations. It is worth mentioning that Pakistan had submitted a report to the Paris-based surveillance body Financial Action Task Force (FATF) a few weeks ago and informed about the steps taken by the government to curb terrorism and money laundering. FATF has kept Pakistan in the ‘gray’ list till February 2020. The organization warned in October that if Pakistan does not comply with the remaining 22 points in the 27-point list, they will put it on the ‘blacklist’.

On December 6, Pakistan submitted a report to the FATF, answering 22 questions.

In response to this report, the FATF joint group has sent 150 questions to Pakistan and sought information about some cleanliness, fresh information, and action against madrasas affiliated with banned organizations. ‘The News’ quoted a top official as saying,’ We have received a reply from the FATF via an email on our compliance report in which they have asked 150 questions. They have asked some of them for more data, some explanations and information about the action taken against the madrasas affiliated with banned organizations. ”

According to officials, the network of Jamaat ud Dawa, led by Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack, includes 300 madrasas and schools. In March, the Punjab Police had reported that the government took over 160 JUDs of 32 JuDs, 32 schools, two colleges, four hospitals, 178 ambulances, and 153 dispensaries and its so-called charitable arm in the province ‘Fala-a-Insaniyat’ (FIF). is. In southern Sindh province, at least 56 madrasas and other institutions operated by JUD and it also captured FIF.

We consider the JUD being the masked organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. An official here said on Saturday that they have given Pakistan a deadline of eight January 2020 to answer 150 questions. They propose the next meeting of the FATF between 21 January and 24 January in Beijing, where Pakistan will be given an opportunity to defend its stand on the report. Pakistan wants relaxation in the deadline till June 2020.

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