The U.S., the U.K. and France are some prominent countries to have voiced concern over Pakistan’s failure to do enough to contain terror funding on its soil, sources said on Friday.
Several countries expressed this view at a meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), currently under way in Florida, U.S, according to people aware of the development. FATF members are also concerned that there are no cases registered against leaders like Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar and other UN-designated terrorists. One of the key points made by these countries is on the absence of a proper understanding in Pakistan of risks posed to other nations by designated terrorist organisations based in the country.
In June 2018, Pakistan was placed in the ‘grey’ list and given a 27-point action plan. This plan was reviewed at the last plenary in October 2018 and for the second time in February, when the country was again put into the ‘grey list’ after India submitted new information.
The FATF implements UN designations, which do not warrant arrest. They ask only for freeze of funds, denial of access to weapons and travel embargo.