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At its last plenary in October 2020, FATF concluded that Pakistan had fully complied with 21 of 27 points in the action plan but warned the country that it could not be given “forever” to address outstanding issues. (FILE PHOTO).

FATF to take a call on Pakistan's efforts to counter terror financing tomorrow

PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:06 PM IST
  • FATF’s latest plenary is also being held at a time when the US has been irked by the Pakistan Supreme Court’s acquittal of terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, the principal accused in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl.
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As things stand, Pakistan is on the FATF's grey list since June 2018.(HT Photo)
As things stand, Pakistan is on the FATF's grey list since June 2018.(HT Photo)

US retains terrorist designation of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba

PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 08:06 AM IST
Days ahead of the transition of power, the US Department of State said that it has amended the terrorist designations of LJ and ISIL Sinai Peninsula (ISIL-SP) to include additional aliases.
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In this January 1, 2015, file photo, police officers escort Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, center, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP file)
In this January 1, 2015, file photo, police officers escort Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, center, the main suspect of the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, after his court appearance in Islamabad, Pakistan.(AP file)

Pak anti-terror court jails Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi

By Imtiaz Ahmad , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:32 PM IST
The hearing and sentencing concluded in just few hours after the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was produced before court for the first time since his arrest on January 2.
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Prime Minister Imran Khan government and the army’s claims to have reined in terrorists has been contested by the joint opposition at their public meetings(AFP)
Prime Minister Imran Khan government and the army’s claims to have reined in terrorists has been contested by the joint opposition at their public meetings(AFP)

Global terrorist Masood Azhar is finally a wanted man in Pak. Dawood next?

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:27 PM IST
Intel reports indicate Dawood Ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh and her husband Junaid Miandad, son of ex-Pak cricket team captain Javed Miandad, have acquired a Portuguese passport and could move to Europe.
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The United Nations had, in May 2019, designated Azhar a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based JeM chief.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO.)
The United Nations had, in May 2019, designated Azhar a “global terrorist” after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist the Pakistan-based JeM chief.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO.)

Ahead of FATF meet, Pakistan seeks Maulana Masood Azhar’s arrest; court issues warrant

By Neeraj Chauhan & Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:25 PM IST
Based on a disclosure made by Pakistani authorities, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge at Pakistan’s Gujranwala – Natasha Naseem Supra issued an arrest warrant for Masood Azhar on charges of terror financing and directed that he be produced in court on Friday.
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Lakhvi was one of seven men arrested in the wake of the Mumbai attacks for allegedly helping plan, support and finance the terrorist assault on India’s financial hub that killed 166 people in November 2008.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Lakhvi was one of seven men arrested in the wake of the Mumbai attacks for allegedly helping plan, support and finance the terrorist assault on India’s financial hub that killed 166 people in November 2008.(PTI FILE PHOTO.)

LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi arrested on charges of terror financing

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 06:44 PM IST
The arrest came weeks ahead of the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) planned reassessment of Pakistan’s efforts to counter terror financing. In October last year, the multilateral watchdog retained Pakistan in its “grey list” for failing to fully deliver on an action plan to fight terror financing.
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Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(File photo)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.(File photo)

Nirmala Sitharaman to attend Founding Day of DRI today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:47 AM IST
DRI will have a discussion on trade based money laundering with representatives from UK, Australia, Netherlands and Interpol via video conferencing
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The defence minister was speaking at the third day of the 18th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020, in conversation with Prashant Jha, editor-views, Hindustan Times.(HT PHOTO.)
The defence minister was speaking at the third day of the 18th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit 2020, in conversation with Prashant Jha, editor-views, Hindustan Times.(HT PHOTO.)

India no longer a soft target, paradigm shift in response to terror, says Rajnath Singh at HTLS 2020

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 09:18 PM IST
In a direct reference to Pakistan and stressing how terrorism was almost a state policy in that country, Singh said that blacklisting by the FATF would eventually prove to be the final nail in the coffin of state-sponsored terror.
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Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020.(VIA REUTERS)
Family Photo composite for the annual G20 Leaders' Summit is projected onto Salwa Palace in At-Turaif, one of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, November 20, 2020.(VIA REUTERS)

FATF urges G20 to set example, act now on money laundering

By Asian News International | Posted by Arpan Rai | Paris
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 11:04 PM IST
The FATF president added that money laundering is not a “victimless crime” and the ramifications of ineffective action are real.
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FATF’s decision to keep Pakistan in grey list comes at a time when anti government protests are gaining momentum in the country. In picture - People at a protest rally in Karachi.(Reuters photo)
FATF’s decision to keep Pakistan in grey list comes at a time when anti government protests are gaining momentum in the country. In picture - People at a protest rally in Karachi.(Reuters photo)

Pak opposition slams Imran Khan-led govt for failing to exit from FATF grey list

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 04:20 PM IST
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) alleged that the FATF decision was the result of the “slipshod and obviously done in” law drafting and lack of homework.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been accused by the opposition of pushing stringent laws, ostensibly required to fulfil its FATF commitments, that can be used to target them(REUTERS)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been accused by the opposition of pushing stringent laws, ostensibly required to fulfil its FATF commitments, that can be used to target them(REUTERS)

Turkey tried to open a back door for Pakistan at FATF, China bailed out

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 06:05 PM IST
Pakistan can get off the FATF grey list only after the watchdog concludes that it has not only created the legal framework to curb terror financing but is also enforcing the laws.
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Pakistan has suddenly discovered it Ottoman lineage in a bid to get Turkey support for a new radical Islamic order away from the existing one led by Saudi Arabia.(Reuters File Photo)
Pakistan has suddenly discovered it Ottoman lineage in a bid to get Turkey support for a new radical Islamic order away from the existing one led by Saudi Arabia.(Reuters File Photo)

Erdogan’s Turkey sole supporter of Pak for removal from Grey List at FATF Paris Plenary

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 12:48 PM IST
Pakistan has 66 organisations and 7600 individuals listed under UNSC anti-terror and money laundering resolutions passed after 9/11 attacks.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP file)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AFP file)

Impressive progress’, claims Pak minister after FATF’s blunt warning on terror financing

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 11:24 PM IST
The Financial Action Task Force on Friday decided to keep Pakistan on the grey list for four more months, noting that the country could not fully implement a 27-point action plan by the June 2020 deadline given to it.
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Pakistan was placed in FATF’s list of “jurisdictions under increased monitoring” or grey list in 2018 for failing to control terror financing and money laundering. (Photo @PakPMO)
Pakistan was placed in FATF’s list of “jurisdictions under increased monitoring” or grey list in 2018 for failing to control terror financing and money laundering. (Photo @PakPMO)

FATF keeps Pakistan off blacklist for now, warns that it can’t take forever

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 10:13 PM IST
Once FATF’s plenary agrees that all 27 items had been completed, there will be an on-site visit by an assessment team to verify information given by Pakistan and see that all measures are working effectively.
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This is the fourth criminal case registered against Republic TV channel and its employees by the city police.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
This is the fourth criminal case registered against Republic TV channel and its employees by the city police.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: FIR against Republic TV for inciting ‘disaffection’ against Mumbai top cop and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 09:02 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.(AP file)
Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.(AP file)

No atmosphere for talks with India, says Pak foreign minister

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:10 PM IST
Shah Mehmood Qureshi rejected suggestions that messages for talks have been sent from across the border.
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The FATF decision on Pakistan’s track record comes as a huge setback to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government that had even hired a lobbyist firm to get a reprieve(Facebook/ImranKhanofficial)
The FATF decision on Pakistan’s track record comes as a huge setback to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government that had even hired a lobbyist firm to get a reprieve(Facebook/ImranKhanofficial)

FATF dashes Pak hopes of getting out of grey list, then a harsh rebuke

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 08:22 PM IST
The FATF decision to keep Pakistan in the grey list comes as a huge setback for PM Imran Khan who had even hired a top lobbyist firm on Capitol Hill to push its narrative in the United States.
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As per Public Policy Researcher Michael Rubin, Chinese Envoy Yao Jing and Pakistan’s special adviser for finance, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in last month’s meeting talked more about the USD 60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), whose success depends on Pakistan’s economic solvency and its escape from accountability to the FATF.(Bloomberg file photo)
As per Public Policy Researcher Michael Rubin, Chinese Envoy Yao Jing and Pakistan’s special adviser for finance, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh in last month’s meeting talked more about the USD 60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), whose success depends on Pakistan’s economic solvency and its escape from accountability to the FATF.(Bloomberg file photo)

China not committed to curbing terrorism but using Pak as tool against India: Report

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Early this month, the FATF’s Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering has kept Pakistan on “Enhanced Follow-up List” for its slow progress on the technical recommendations of the FATF to fight terror financing.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AP file photo)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(AP file photo)

Day before Imran Khan’s big FATF test, India hammers Pak for terror safe havens

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 11:35 PM IST
External affairs ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that Pakistan had addressed only 21 of the 27 items in an action plan given by FATF to curb terror financing and money laundering.
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Pakistan is in the FATF’s grey list since June 2018 and the government was given a final warning in February to complete the remaining action points by June 2020.(Facebook/Imran Khan)
Pakistan is in the FATF’s grey list since June 2018 and the government was given a final warning in February to complete the remaining action points by June 2020.(Facebook/Imran Khan)

FATF needs to take hard look at Pakistan to ensure it comply with terror-related obligation: Report

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:06 PM IST
The FATF, the global money-laundering and terror-financing watchdog, is holding its plenary session from October 21 where it will decide the fate of Pakistan. The country is in grey-list since 2018.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan(Getty Images)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan(Getty Images)

Focus on action against Pakistan as FATF meet begins

By Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 05:50 AM IST
The multilateral watchdog, which counters money laundering and terror financing, put Pakistan on its list of “jurisdictions under increased monitoring” or “grey list” in 2018 for not doing enough to curb financial activities of terror groups.
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The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)
The FATF is an inter-governmental body that was established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.(Reuters)

Three-day FATF meet begins from Wednesday, Pakistan’s fate hangs in balance

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:52 AM IST
This meeting was earlier scheduled in June but Islamabad got a breather of four months as the Paris-based watchdog temporarily postponed all mutual evaluations and follow-up deadlines due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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FATF’s regional affiliate Asia-Pacific Group (APG) concluded last month that Pakistan has fully complied with only two out of 40 recommendations to curb money laundering and terror financing.(File photo)
FATF’s regional affiliate Asia-Pacific Group (APG) concluded last month that Pakistan has fully complied with only two out of 40 recommendations to curb money laundering and terror financing.(File photo)

FATF plenary meeting: What next for Pakistan?

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The meeting beginning Wednesday will decide on the next course of action against Pakistan with regard to steps taken by the country to crack down on fund-raising by terror groups
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The FATF had given Pakistan a total of 27 action plan obligations for completely checking terror financing of which so far it has cleared 21 but has failed in some of the key tasks, an official privy to the developments said.(AP)
The FATF had given Pakistan a total of 27 action plan obligations for completely checking terror financing of which so far it has cleared 21 but has failed in some of the key tasks, an official privy to the developments said.(AP)

Pak fails to fulfil 6 key mandates of FATF; no action against Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 09:30 PM IST
The virtual plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to be held on October 21-23, will take the final call on Pakistan’s continuation on its grey list after a thorough review of Islamabad’s performance in fulfilling the global commitments and standards in the fight against money laundering and terror financing.
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The Imran Khan government will attempt to showcase the arrest and conviction of some Lashkar-e-Tayyiba leaders to claim that it had cracked down on terrorists.(AP File Photo)
The Imran Khan government will attempt to showcase the arrest and conviction of some Lashkar-e-Tayyiba leaders to claim that it had cracked down on terrorists.(AP File Photo)

Imran Khan tries to dodge FATF’s ‘grey list’ on 3 counts. It won’t work

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 09:39 AM IST
Counter-terror officials in New Delhi who have been tracking the implementation of steps by Pakistan said Islamabad appeared to be heavily relying on lobbying firm Linden Strategies to sell its narrative that Pakistan was on track to deliver on its obligations and had earned a reprieve.
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Pakistan is widely expected to be retained in FATF’s “grey list”, in which it was included in 2018, largely because of backing from China, Turkey and Malaysia.(REUTERS PHOTO.)
Pakistan is widely expected to be retained in FATF’s “grey list”, in which it was included in 2018, largely because of backing from China, Turkey and Malaysia.(REUTERS PHOTO.)

Key FATF affiliate finds Pakistan has complied with only 2 of 40 steps to fight terror funding

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 08:02 PM IST
FATF began holding a series of virtual meetings from Monday and they will continue till October 19 to discuss matters such as international cooperation, policy development, and risks and trends.
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The Asia-Pacific Group’s report was released on Monday ahead of the FATF plenary on October 21-23.(Reuters file)
The Asia-Pacific Group’s report was released on Monday ahead of the FATF plenary on October 21-23.(Reuters file)

FATF regional group keeps Pak in ‘follow-up list’ as govt dials friendly countries

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 07:46 PM IST
Pakistan fully complied with only two of the 40 recommendations of Financial Action Task Force, said the 14-page follow-up report from the Asia-Pacific Group released on Monday ahead of the FATF plenary on October 21-23
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Sirajiuddin Haqqani, head of HN, operates on Durand line with influence of his Zardan tribe on Khyber pass area and Kabul. Masood Azhar runs Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group as family firm from Bahawalpur with his brother Mufti Rauf Asghar as its defacto commander. Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha is the main player behind violence in Jammu and Kashmir. All three groups have terror training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan(HT Illustration/AFP/AP)
Sirajiuddin Haqqani, head of HN, operates on Durand line with influence of his Zardan tribe on Khyber pass area and Kabul. Masood Azhar runs Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group as family firm from Bahawalpur with his brother Mufti Rauf Asghar as its defacto commander. Hafiz Saeed’s son Talha is the main player behind violence in Jammu and Kashmir. All three groups have terror training camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan(HT Illustration/AFP/AP)

Pak politicises FATF, hires top lobbying firm for a US bailout from grey list

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Islamabad requires support of at least 12 out of 39 member states to remove its name from the grey list and this will largely depend on the approach the US will take at the Paris plenary.
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FATF’s October plenary decision to keep Pakistan in the grey list will just exacerbate political tensions in Islamabad.(Facebook/Imran Khan)
FATF’s October plenary decision to keep Pakistan in the grey list will just exacerbate political tensions in Islamabad.(Facebook/Imran Khan)

Imran Khan’s problem matrix to get complicated with FATF verdict on Pak record

By Shishir Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2020 12:41 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan troubles will be further accentuated by a united opposition, which is no longer afraid of the all powerful Pakistan Army.
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In February, the FATF gave Pakistan a four-month grace period to complete its 27-point action plan against ML&TF committed with the international community.(Reuters File Photo)
In February, the FATF gave Pakistan a four-month grace period to complete its 27-point action plan against ML&TF committed with the international community.(Reuters File Photo)

FATF all set to decide on Pakistan’s grey list status: Report

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar | Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 01:27 PM IST
The virtual FATF plenary scheduled for October 21-23 will decide if Pakistan should be excluded from its grey list.
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