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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPrime Minister's adviser on finance Miftah Ismail/File photo Prime Minister's adviser on finance Miftah Ismail has alleged that Pakistan was made a ?target of politics? at the ongoing meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), where a US-sponsored resolution to consider placing Pakistan on a watchlist of countries that financially aid terrorism remained inconclusive. In an interview to a private TV channel, Ismail said Pakistan was made a ?target of politics? despite the country?s tangible efforts to crack down on money laundering and terror financing. ?What do [they] want? They just want to humiliate Pakistan. Pakistan is not a big money launderer,? he said. ?If they were bothered about terror financing, they would work with us, they would see how much we have done and [what more] we will do till June,? the adviser continued. Earlier on Friday, Indian media and Reuters, quoting sources, had claimed that Pakistan had been added to the grey-list of the global money-laundering watchdog. However, the list, called 'jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies' available on FATF's website, does not include Pakistan. The list includes the names of Ethiopia, Iraq, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Vanuatu, and Yemen. Pakistan not included in FATF grey-list FATF was not responsible for reports which claimed that the country had been added to the grey-list, says spokesperson Manager communications FATF Alexandra Wijmenga-Daniel told Geo News correspondent Khalid Hameed Farooqi that the said list was "final". When asked about reports circulating in international media claiming Pakistan had been added to the grey-list, she said FATF was not responsible for reports in the media. ?No significant effect on economy? Miftah Ismail earlier assured that Pakistan will see no substantial effect on its economy if placed on the FATF grey-list. The adviser said that Pakistan was placed on the list between 2012 and 2015, but the stock market still grew by three percent. He added that the fundamentals of the country's economy are strong. ?Nothing is going to happen before June? [but even then] nothing really will happen to Pakistan. It is not a big issue,? he told Geo News. FATF is a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the FATF. The next plenary meeting of FATF is expected to take place in June this year.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogNo significant effect on Pakistan?s economy if placed on FATF: Miftah Ismail-Photo:Reuters ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on finance Miftah Ismail said on Friday that Pakistan will see no substantial effect on its economy if the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decides to place it on the grey-list. ?Nothing is going happen before June?[but even then]nothing really will happen to Pakistan. It is not a big issue,? he said while talking to Geo News. The adviser said that Pakistan was placed on the list between 2012 and 2015 too but the stock market still grew 3%, adding that the fundamentals of our economy are strong. Ismail added that Pakistan already has strong anti-money laundering measures in place. No decision yet on including Pakistan in FATF grey-list FATF spokesperson says a final decision will come after the meeting reviewing the matter has concluded Pakistan awaits a decision by the FATF on whether it will be placed on the list. Indian media had claimed that the decision of including Pakistan in the grey-list had been made. However, FATF spokesperson Alexandra Daniel denied that Pakistan had been included on the list. Daniela told Geo News that a final decision will come after the meeting reviewing the matter has concluded. The meeting is currently underway. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said that a request to include Pakistan in the grey-list was made earlier in January by the United States and Britain. Adding that, "Pakistan has serious concerns over the motion moved by US and UK at the Financial Action Task Force to put the country on the grey list." FATF is a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering. Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avoid being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regulations by the FATF, a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov PARIS: A US-sponsored resolution to the FATF to consider placing Pakistan on the watchlist of countries that financially aid terrorism remained inconclusive after the meeting here concluded on "no consensus", the country's foreign minister said. Khawaja Asif confirmed on Twitter that "no consensus [could be reached] for nominating Pakistan" to be added to the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) list of nations that monetarily support terrorism. Expressing gratitude at the decision, Asif said "our efforts paid [off]" and that the convening states agreed to "proposing 3months pause &asking APG for another report to b considered in June". "Grateful to friends who helped," the minister added. The FATF is working together with the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), which, as per its website, aims to ensure "that its members effectively implement the international standards against money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing related to weapons of mass destruction". After 9/11, "the APG expanded its scope to include the countering of terrorist financing".
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogPARIS: Pakistan's Interior Minister warned Tuesday night against adding the nation's name to a watchlist of countries that financially aid terrorism. Ahsan Iqbal, while speaking ahead of a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), stressed that if Pakistan's name is added to the "watchlist", it will negatively impact the war against terrorism. FATF is a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering. Earlier, a delegation ? led by Syed Mansoor Shah, the Director-General of the Financial Monitoring Unit and comprising other members of the Foreign and Interior ministries ? reached Paris to defend the country's position at the FATF meeting. The delegation came into motion after a resolution ? sponsored by the United States and supported by its allies ? was put forward to consider placing Pakistan on a watchlist of countries that financially aid terrorism. Dr Miftah Ismail in Paris Adviser to the prime minister on financial affairs Dr Miftah Ismail also reached Paris to attend the same meeting. According to official sources, Ismail visited Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands last week in an attempt to garner support against the US move. Of the FATF's 35 permanent members, only China supported Pakistan, while the rest were likely to fall behind the US resolution, the sources said. On February 16, Heather Nauert ? the spokesperson for the US Department of State ? said a resolution to place Pakistan on the global terror-financing watchlist had been submitted to the FATF. She elaborated that the US had been concerned about Pakistan's actions for a long time. Impact of FATF placing Pak on watchlist Reacting to the US move, the Foreign Office said Pakistan has serious concerns regarding the American resolution. Pakistan's international credit rating could suffer a setback as a result of being placed on the list, as several global financial institutions are influenced by the FATF, which includes around 700 members in total, including the United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogAdviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Miftah Ismail has reached Paris to attend the FATF meeting A delegation comprising of officials from finance and interior ministries reached Paris earlier today to plead Pakistan?s case at the ongoing meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) ? a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering. The delegation, led by Director-General Financial Monitoring Unit Syed Mansoor Shah and comprising of other members of the Foreign and Interior ministries, will defend Pakistan?s position at the FATF meeting, where a resolution sponsored by the United States and supported by its allies is considering placing Pakistan on a watchlist of countries that financially aid terrorism. Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Miftah Ismail has also reached Paris to attend the meeting. Official sources revealed earlier that Ismail visited Germany, Netherlands and Belgium last week in an attempt to garner support against the US move. Sources said of the 35 permanent members of the FATF, only China supports Pakistan whereas the rest are likely to fall behind the US resolution. Pakistan's international credit rating could suffer a setback as a result of being placed on the list, as several global financial institutions are influenced by the FATF, which includes around 700 members in total, including the United Nations, European Commission, International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Pakistan has concerns over new FATF mechanism: FO Pakistan has serious concerns regarding the United States? motion to place the country on the Financial Action Task Force watchlist: FO On Feb 16, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a press briefing that a resolution to place Pakistan on the global terror-financing watchlist had been submitted to the FATF. The spokesperson elaborated that the US had been concerned about Pakistan's actions for a long time. Reacting to the US move, the Foreign Office said Pakistan has serious concerns regarding the American resolution. 'FATF protects the international financial system' The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in July 1989 by a Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Paris. Its objectives are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. In collaboration with other international stakeholders, the FATF works to identify national-level vulnerabilities with the aim of protecting the international financial system from misuse, according to the institute's website. The FATF currently comprises 35 members and two regional organisations, representing most major financial centres in all parts of the globe along with observer countries, organisations and associate members.
Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal/File photo ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has serious concerns regarding the United States? motion to place the country on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) watchlist, the Foreign Office said on Thursday. During his weekly media briefing here, FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the FATF is an international body that sets standards relating to combating of money laundering and terrorist financing. ?Such motions are aimed at hampering the economic growth of Pakistan,? he said. The spokesperson stressed that Pakistan remains committed to combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and the ongoing terrorist-combating operations by the Pakistan military are proof of the country?s commitment towards combating this menace. Ismail blames India for US motion to put Pakistan on FATF watchlist Pakistan has fulfilled its international commitments and obligations under UN charter, the PM's advisor says On India?s allegations against Pakistan, Dr Faisal said Pakistan strongly rejects the allegations of certain Indian police and defense officials and media insinuations in connection with the reported attack on Sunjwan camp in Indian-occupied Kashmir. Replying to another query, he said Pakistan and India face a fundamental dispute regarding the Kashmir issue, and other problems cannot be solved between the two countries unless a political settlement of the Kashmir issue materialises. ?A particular segment in the Indian media [has] clear intention to malign Pakistan and whip up public frenzy; we hope the world community would take due cognisance of India's smear campaign against Pakistan and the deliberate creation of war hysteria,? he added. The spokesperson said India?s rapidly growing nuclear programme poses threat to regional peace and stability and negates India?s own claims of disarmament policy. He said Pakistan is never apologetic regarding its foreign policy and is fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression. He said Pakistan does not support any move by foreign states to interfere in the internal affairs of Maldives and influence its upcoming elections. ?Non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries has always been the key principle of our foreign policy?, he said. The spokesperson also offered condolences on the behalf of people and the Government of Pakistan over the tragic crash of a Russian passenger aircraft, which resulted in the loss of 71 lives.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News Blog[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/e53a8c63bd34384ec21cbc013f5e4c38.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xNC8yMDE4IDY6NTg6MDkgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1hWVMwU1djZDZRQnpLUlNkTG5WOFN3PT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Advisor to PM on Finance Miftah Ismail Wednesday said the United States' motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist is "inspired by India." Speaking on Geo News' show 'Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath', Ismail said they are in talks with 25, 30 countries and many of these countries have appreciated Pakistan's steps. "We have been working and telling the world our stance. The reason for which they want to put us on watchlist...we have ended that very reason." He said there is positive feedback from officials and states they have been talking to and it appears that Pakistan will not be put on the watchlist. US moves to put Pakistan on global terrorist-financing watchlist A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the motion on Pakistan could be adopted Responding to a question about the motion being focused on Hafiz Saeed and India's allegations, the PM's advisor said the process has become "India-inspired, India-centric" and that an international organisation like FATF is doing so because of conspiracies of one country. He, however, said that there were loopholes in their laws. "As far as these technical issues or the legal loopholes are concerned, we are ready to talk to them (FATF), if it would be on technical level and not political." Ismail called it "injustice" to single out an individual or organisation. "When we feel that the whole process is India-inspired and they have only been singling out one organisation or one individual, then this is injustice." He said that Pakistan has fulfilled its international commitments and obligations under the UN charter. "We have fulfilled our obligations and expect the world fraternity to understand that Pakistan is meeting its reasonable expectations," the PM's advisor said. "After all this, what India wants is mischief," he concluded.