- Pakistan trying to get out of FATF’s gray list
- European countries believe, failed to stop terrorist funding
- France is angry with PM Imran for Prophet Mohammad cartoon
Islamabad / Paris
Pakistan, reeling under an economic crisis, is counting on each day to get out of the gray list of the FATF (Financial Action Task Force). A meeting is going to be held in Paris on Monday and if Pakistan does not get out of this list then it will be difficult to get financial help from international organizations and agencies. However, there is a big possibility that he may have to remain on the gray list. The special thing is that not only its failure to stop terrorist funding, but a cartoon can cause controversy.
France is unhappy, European country is also against
Indeed, quoting senior Pakistani journalist Yunus Khan in Paris, the Dawn newspaper wrote that some European countries, especially France, have advised the FATF to keep Pakistan in the gray list. He says that Islamabad has not acted fully on all points. Other countries have supported France. Khan says that France is unhappy with Pakistan’s response to the Prophet cartoon. Pakistan has also not appointed a local ambassador in Paris. He has said that diplomatic and economic relations between the two countries are not right.
Imran said that Macron was attacked
There was a lot of protest in other Muslim countries, including Pakistan, about the cartoon of Prophet Mohammed printed in France’s Charley Abdo magazine. Imran Khan jumped into this controversy and the Pakistani PM said that French President Emmanuel Macron was ‘deliberately’ provoking Muslims, including his citizens. He had tweeted- ‘It is unfortunate that he (Macron) has chosen the path to promote Islamophobia only then he attacked Islam instead of attacking terrorists. Terrorists be it Muslims, white supremacists or Nazi views. ‘
Imran had said that at this time the French President should try to fill the wounds and not give place to the extremists instead of promoting more polarization. Imran Khan said that by attacking Islam without understanding it, the French President has hurt the sentiments of billions of Muslims all over the world.
Sino-Turkish help will not work
Experts say that despite Imran Khan’s millions of efforts, Pakistan will not be able to get out of the gray list till June. These days Pakistan is trying to garner the support of member countries to get out of the gray list of FATF with the help of its evergreen country China and Turkey. In the last several months, it has also demanded action against terrorists and terrorist organizations, which has been targeted by the US. In such a situation, it may be difficult for Pakistan to keep the world under the illusion that it is taking steps against terror.
What harm from FATF’s gray list?
The FATF plenary and working group meetings are scheduled to take place in Paris from 21 to 26 February. The position of Pakistan in the ‘gray’ list is likely to be decided in those meetings. Pakistan was placed on the FATF’s ‘gray’ list in June 2018 and given a deadline to address global concerns by implementing 27 issues. Countries in the gray list are those where the risk of terrorism funding and money laundering is highest. Due to this, it will be difficult to get financial support from the International Monitoring Fund (IMF), World Bank and European Union, while at this time, especially due to corona virus, Prime Minister Imran Khan has already sought help from the international community.