One of the main points of discussion during the five-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at Paris on February 19, will be Pakistan's failure to keep a check on funding to the terrorist or jihadist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad.
One of the main points of discussion during the five-day meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at Paris on February 19, will be Pakistan’s failure to keep a check on funding to the terrorist or jihadist groups like the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad. The news was confirmed by a diplomatic source to The Indian Express who also said that the meeting could lead to some strong steps been taken after which a strict eye will be kept on Pakistan-origin transactions across the global financial system.
Last month, Pakistan had submitted a report to the FATF, scripting down the points through which it plans to bring the country into compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 and order states to impose sanctions against designated terrorist groups.
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However, no strong measures were taken and according to the source, the United States along with India will mount pressure at the FATF meeting. According to him, they also have proper evidence that Pakistan is still funding Lashkar and Jaish for their online as well as on street activities.
“It is unlikely that there will be any immediate action as a consequence of the meeting,” said a senior diplomatic official, “but there’s certainly going to be mounting pressure on Pakistan to get its house in order because patience is wearing thin in many capitals.” According to an investigation conducted by The Indian Express, Lashkar was using proxy bank accounts to raise funds in US dollars for projects in both Pakistan and overseas.
On Thursday, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead.