Exclusive: U.S. pushes motion to put Pakistan on global terrorist – financing watchlist

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has put forward a motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watchlist with an anti-money-laundering monitoring group, according to a senior Pakistani official.

Pakistan has been scrambling in recent months to avert being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with terrorist financing regulations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a measure that officials fear could hurt its economy.

The United States has been threatening to get tough with Islamabad over its alleged ties with Islamist militants, and last month President Donald Trump’s administration suspended aid worth about $2 billion.

Islamabad, which denies assisting militants in Afghanistan and India, has reacted angrily to U.S. threats of further punitive measures.

A meeting of FATF member states is due to take place next week in Paris, where the organization could adopt the motion on Pakistan. The FATF, an intergovernmental body based in Paris, sets global standards for fighting illicit finance.

Pakistan’s de facto finance minister, Miftah Ismail, told Reuters that the United States and Britain put forward the motion several weeks ago, and later persuaded France and Germany to co-sponsor it.

“We are now working with the U.S., UK, Germany and France for the nomination to be withdrawn,” Ismail said, speaking by telephone from Europe. “We are also quite hopeful that even if the U.S. did not withdraw the nomination that we will prevail and not be put on the watchlist.”

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8 replies

  1. Human Rights always came second behind the priorities of the Military and Politics. If Human Rights would have had priority then already in 1974 the USA (and others) should have put pressure on Pakistan. At the UN Human Rights Commission in around 1982 the USA sided with Pakistan to ensure that a vote against Pakistan regarding the Ahmadiyya case should NOT take place. (!?) (from the Human Rights champion of the world…)

  2. From my view, Rafiq

    Do not depend on USA to give presure to Pakistan government to protect the freedom of religion or to protect the right of Ahmadiyyah to practice their belief—-

    Ahmadiyyah must strive to demand Pakistan government to protect Ahmadiyyah in their home to pratice their belief without giving up!

    I think Ahmadiyyah should speak up loudly and work together with all element who against the extremist Wahhabi Muslim.

    Am I wrong Zia, Riffat and Rafiq?

  3. Somi, you fail to see here that the who is behind this motion? It’s the United States of America, and when did they care for human life’s, human rights, freedom, liberty, privilege, religion, compassion, future or any of these things. US is concerned with power, money, political advantage, espionage, weapons and drug trade and play monopoly with third world countries to their advantage. Pinning Pakistan in a list is just part of a plan, than there will be another country, and than another. This will never end until it ends.

  4. If the from the beginning human rights was top priority and not power and money this world would be such a different place.

  5. I could not believe it why you guys are so easy to forget what Ameican did to thousand Ahmadiyyah Muslims immigrant who live in America from persecuting in Pakistan. Please reflect…
    May God bless you all, insya Allah
    All ❤️

    • Somi, it’s exactly what you do? Why do you expect others to do different? You don’t see the majority of peaceful Muslims and goodness they spread but all you see is the bad minority extremists who claim to be Muslims. So now you mind it when Muslims see the bad that America does compared to the good it does?

    • We appreciate and are grateful for the good people do, whether Americans or Israelis. It does not mean that we should turn a blind eye on what they do wrong. And anyway, I am neither American nor Israeli. If you are American, yes, you should love the country of your refuge and residence.

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