Pakistan is not complying with the UN Security Council resolutions on sanctions against terrorists, the US has said amid reports that it is spearheading an effort along with India to get Islamabad included in an international terrorist-financing watchlist.
The remarks by a State Department official came ahead of a crucial Financial Action Task Force(FATF) meeting in Paris from February 18 to 23.
"The US has consistently expressed our long-standing concern about ongoing deficiencies in Pakistans implementation of its anti-money laundering/counterterrorism finance (AML/CFT) regime," a State Department Spokesperson told PTI.
"In addition to broader systemic concerns, this also includes Pakistans non-compliance with its commitments under UN Security Council Resolution 1267," the spokesperson said.
This is probably for the first time that the US has come out in the public accusing Pakistan of not in compliance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council.
The UN Security Council resolution asks member countries to freeze the assets of, prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by, and prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer of arms and military equipment to any individual or entity associated with Al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and/or the Taliban as designated by the Committee.
The spokesperson said that the FATF discussions were confidential and there would not be any publicly released information until any decision over the issue.
"Confidentiality of the FATF internal deliberations and documents are very important and core to the deliberative process," the spokesperson said.
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