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Pak quietly amends anti-terror law ahead of key Paris meet

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Keen to avert international sanctions, has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to include Hafiz Saeed-linked and and other militant outfits on the list of UN proscribed groups, a media report said today. A major impact of a new ordinance promulgated by would be the proscription of Saeed-linked JuD and FIF along with the UN listed outfits of and Al Rashid Trust, Dawn newspaper reported. Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 terror attack, heads the charity JuD, believed to be a front for (LeT) terror group. The move to amend the Anti-Act, 1997 ends an old discrepancy between the UN sanctions list and the national listing of terrorist groups and individuals, the report said. It has come ahead of the crucial (FATF) meeting in Paris, scheduled to be held from February 18 to 23. The US and are spearheading an effort to get included in the watchdog's international money-laundering and terror-financing 'grey list', the paper said. was last placed on FATF's grey list in February 2012 and stayed on it for three years, the report said. Last week, (NSC) had directed the "ministries concerned to complete the few outstanding actions at the earliest". Pakistan's top civil-military coordination forum had reviewed the steps taken by the federal and provincial governments for compliance with FATF requirements in view of the upcoming FATF plenary meeting, which will take up a report to be submitted by on actions taken to choke funding of Saeed and the organisations linked with him. The intergovernmental body had at its plenary in held in November last year had asked to furnish a compliance report on actions taken against the and JuD at the meeting. The UNSC sanctions list has Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, (JuD), (FIF), (Let) and others. A UNSC 1267 sanctions committee's monitoring team visited in January to review the compliance, but analysts fear that could be tougher for the country, the report said. It is feared that the international body can take some punitive action against Pakistan, it said. The FATF maintains grey and black lists for identifying countries with weak measures to combat money laundering and terror financing. The watchdog does not have the powers to impose sanctions on a country found not meeting the required standards. However, its listing can affect international transactions from the country concerned as those would then become subject to greater scrutiny. This will increase the cost of doing international transactions and ultimately higher cost of doing business locally.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 17:25 IST
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