US move to put Pak on terror financing watchlist ‘deffered’

Written by February 21, 2018 09:51

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday claimed that his country has been given a three month reprieve by a global watchdog over a US-led motion to put the country on a terrorist financing watchlist.

Asif in a late tweet said that Pakistan’s “efforts have paid (off)” during a Tuesday meeting on the US-led motion, suggesting there was “no consensus for nominating Pakistan”.

Member states of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) have been meeting this week in Paris, where it was expected that they would decide on a US motion — backed by Britain, France and Germany — to have Pakistan added to the so-called ‘grey list’ of countries not doing enough to comply with terrorist-funding regulations.

He also suggested the meeting proposed a “three months pause” and asked for the Asia Pacific Group, which is part of FATF, to consider “another report in June”.

“Grateful to friends who helped,” Asif added.