Advisor to Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Barrister Mirza Shahzad Akbar on Friday said Pakistan has escaped (FATF) Financial Action Task Force’s blacklisting due to the leadership and government of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
پاکستان کا فیٹیف کی گرے لسٹ میں جانے کی ایک بڑی وجہ یہ بھی تھی کہ فرسٹ فیملی یعنی وزیراعظم اور وزیراعلی دونوں منی لانڈرنگ میں خود ملوث تھے
شکر ہے اب عمران خان کی حکومت ہے اور منی لانڈر یا مفرور ہیں یا جیلوں میں اور ملک بلیک لسٹنگ سے بچ گیا ہے https://t.co/bV5C1UNxBS
— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) June 25, 2021
Responding to a tweet of (PML-N ) Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Information Secretary Mariyam Aurangzeb, the advisor said right now the money launderers are either fugitives or are in jail.
The main reason of country’s inclusion in the grey list was the involvement of former first family especially former Prime Minister and the Chief Minister in money laundering.
A senior Pakistani diplomat Friday told a UN panel that Pakistan had taken “robust and effective” measures to combat terrorism, especially in the area of countering financing of the scourge.
“The legislative, institutional, and operational actions were taken by Pakistan in countering terrorism, including in the area of CFT, are robust and effective,” acting Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Amir Khan, said while intervening in a high-level event on ‘Countering Financing of Terrorism (CFT) in post-Covid landscape”.
The event, sponsored by India and France, was part of the “Counter Terrorism Week “.
In his remarks, the Pakistani envoy stressed the need for a comprehensive approach by — using not just CFT approach — but all measures needed to address terrorism that he described as, “the scourge of our times.”
The other steps he recommended to address were to:
Plug gaps in CFT where required and provide capacity-building opportunities to countries on their request;
Review Countering Financing Terrorism measures that are not in compliance with international law, in particular human rights and international humanitarian laws; and,
Address root causes, especially foreign occupation; state terrorism against people possessing rights of self-determination; manifestation of Islamophobia perpetrated by violent supremacist movements, and misuse of CFT for fulfilling political agendas.
APP with additional input by GVS News Desk