Friday, October 23, 2020

Pakistan on verge of being placed in ‘Dark Grey’ list, isolated by all countries in FATF

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Pakistan is on the verge of facing strong action from Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international terror financing watchdog. The country may be placed in the ‘Dark Grey’ list, the last warning to improve.

Officials attending the ongoing plenary of the FATF said as per indications, Pakistan will be isolated by all members for not doing enough.

Pakistan is on the verge of strong action by FATF, given its inadequate performance, whereby it managed to pass in only six of 27 items, an official privy to the development said.

The FATF will finalise its decision on Pakistan on October 18.

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According to FATF rules there is one essential stage between ‘Grey’ and ‘Black’ lists, referred to as ‘Dark Grey’.

‘Dark Grey’ means issuance of a strong warning, so that the country concerned gets one last chance to improve, another official said. ‘Dark Grey’ was the term used for warning up to third phase. Now it is just called warning — that is the fourth phase.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

Pakistan was placed on the Grey List by the Paris-based watchdog 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 black list with Iran and North Korea.

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If Pakistan continues with the ‘grey list’ or put in ‘Dark Grey’ list, it would be very difficult for the country to get financial aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the European Union (EU), making its financial condition more precarious.

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