In a big revelation, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that met on Monday in Paris to scrutinise Pakistan's compliance to combat terror has said that it has failed to take action against terror outfits. The global body is reportedly unhappy with Pakistan, that was listed on the grey list, for harbouring terrorism on its soil. The body then gave time to Pakistan to improve its ranking on counter-terrorist financing. Reports also suggest that Pakistan has failed in nine out of ten clauses given by the global body as steps to combat terrorist activities. The report said that the terror outfits like Jamat-ul-Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation openly operate in Pakistan.
Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force in June last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October 2019 or face the risk of being placed on the blacklist. The Paris-based body is reviewing the progress made by Pakistan until April this year, during the FATF Week, which began on October 13 and will conclude on October 16. The review will determine if Pakistan stays on the grey list or moved on the blacklist or given a clean chit. As of Monday, the body is unhappy with Pakistan's step to combat terror and its action against terror outfits.
"Despite being listed by the UNSCR 1267 Committee in 2008 (JuD) and 2012 Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), before February 2018, JuD/FIF openly operated in Pakistan, including holding public rallies and fundraising events. Numerous Pakistani media reports showed FIF raising funds ostensibly for humanitarian relief, as well as operating a large ambulance fleet, which calls into question whether the prohibition on providing funds and financial services was being fully implemented," said the FATF report on Pakistan's compliance report.
Exposing Pakistan's open funding of terrorism, National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, on Monday, said that the biggest pressure faced by Pakistan is by the FATF while addressing at National Investigation Agency (NIA)'s national conference of Chiefs of Anti-Terrorism Squad/Special Task Force in Delhi.
"The biggest pressure faced by Pakistan is by FATF for funding terror. If you (ATS members) could collect proper evidence which can be put up in international forums, against Pakistan... Everyone knows that Pakistan is supporting and funding terrorism. But in these forums, it is the evidence that is required. Only you have access to it and understand it. Only you can find evidence which can the scrutiny of law," he said.
Pakistan currently faces FATF's scrutiny as its delegation presents a compliance report in France. The FATF had given the country four months to improve 'counter-terrorist financing'. The FATF had also said Pakistan failed to complete its plans. “Not only did Pakistan fail to complete its action plan items by January deadline; it also failed to complete its action plan items due May 2019”. Pakistan was told to implement a 27- point action plan to block financial loopholes, terror financing and money laundering in the country. The FATF also placed Pakistan on Grey List in June 2018.
In August 2019, the Asia Pacific Joint Group (APJG) placed Pakistan in the enhanced follow up list for failure to meet the standards. The list was based on technical compliance and rated 'satisfactory' on meeting 10 points out of the 40. Depending on FATF's decision, Pakistan may or may not join the blacklist with Iran and North Korea. Meanwhile, US has urged Pakistan to prevent militant groups from operating on its soil and prosecute top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operatives along with its leader Hafiz Saeed.