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Will Pakistan act against terrorist leaders

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Remaining on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force for possibly one more year is the least of Pakistan’s worries. It must be hoping that the Force’s insistence on investigating and prosecuting leaders of UN-designated terror groups living on Pakistani territory does not clash with the role it wants in influencing the future of neighbouring Afghanistan. Some of the terrorist groups the Force wants prosecuted and punished not only enjoy shelter in Pakistan but they are also the chief elements impeding the return of peace to war-torn Afghanistan once the United States fully withdraws itself from that country.

The FATF has asked Pakistan to complete three tasks at once. They are: “(1) demonstrating that terrorist financing investigations and prosecutions target persons and entities acting on behalf or at the direction of the designated persons or entities; (2) demonstrating that terrorist financing prosecutions result in effective, proportionate and dissuasive sanctions; and (3) demonstrating effective implementation of targeted financial sanctions against all 1,267 and 1,373 designated terrorists, specifically those acting for or on their behalf.”
In its plenary last month, the Force noted “serious deficiencies” in Pakistani actions to check terror financing. It told Pakistan at the end of the meeting: “The FATF encourages Pakistan to continue to make progress to address as soon as possible the one remaining CFT (counterterrorist financing)-related item by demonstrating that TF (terrorist financing) investigations........

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