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With FATF breathing down Pakistan’s neck, Hafiz Saeed to remain in jail

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New Delhi, Aug 25: Pakistan has decided to keep Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed in jail fearing action by the Financial Action Task Force.

Saeed, a UN designated terrorists and mastermind of the Mumbai 26/11 attack will remain in jail as Pakistan faces the heat from the FATF. It has been pointed out on several occasions that Saeed through his charities raises funds, which are in turn used to fund terror.

With FATF breathing down Pakistan’s neck, Hafiz Saeed to remain in jail

The Asia Pacific Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to place Pakistan in the Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List as it failed to meet its standards.

FATF review: Pakistan failed 32 of 40 parameters

Being moved to this list means that Pakistan would be closely monitored by the global terror financing watchdog FATF. The move comes in the wake of Pakistan having failed to deliver on most of the compliance parameters that were set for it.

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    Following the two day meeting at Canberra, Australia, it was stated that Pakistan had failed in 32 out of the 40 parameters. This is a major decision and a big setback for Pakistan ahead of the FATF's plenary to be held in October.

    During the plenary, it would decided if Pakistan is to be remain in the grey list or downgraded to the black list. If moved to the black list, Pakistan would be slapped with harsher financial sanctions.

    In June, the joint group of the Asia Pacific Group in its assessment had found that Pakistan's compliance to act against 8 terror groups which include the Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Tayiba has been unsatisfactory. The report urged Pakistan to do more against these groups before the FATF comes up with its final decision.

    The report states that stringent action should be taken against groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, their financial entities, Haqqani Network, Al-Qaeda and Da'esh.

    In order to move out of the grey list, Pakistan would need at least 15 of the 36 FATF's members' votes. It would also require a minimum of 3 votes to keep itself out of the black list.

    In order to move out of the grey list, Pakistan would need at least 15 of the 36 FATF's members' votes. It would also require a minimum of 3 votes to keep itself out of the black list.

    In April the FATF had asked Pakistan to implement a new set of constraints in its crackdown against terror funding, including documenting and regulating all gold markets.

    In the past few months, Pakistan appears to have taken some action. While India considers that the action is only token, Pakistan is doing all it can to avoid being downgraded to the black list.

    One key development in recent times is the UN listing of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. The first action by Pakistan was to put his brother Rauf Asghar in charge of operations.

    'Media reports on Pakistan being blacklisted by FATF Asia Pacific Group baseless'

    However with the heat stepping up, Pakistan claimed that Asghar had been placed under arrest.

    The FATF on the other hand had asked Islamabad to collect data of all gold markets and restrict the sale and purchase of gold items using cash. The watchdog has also demanded that the country ensure restriction on supply of gold and jewelry to banned outfits and terrorist organisations.

    The FATF had urged Pakistan to collect data of all trusts operating across the country as well as their bank accounts on the district level. It has also asked the country to ensure regulation of thousands of registered trust organisations.

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