FATF has geopolitical agendas

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Islamabad, Pakistan: The decision of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to keep Pakistan on the grey list has raised several questions that common Pakistanis are asking on social media while Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also raised doubts over the functioning of the global terror financing watchdog.
Pakistanis at social media claim that FATF is a political Instrument having dual standards and Diplomacy of Duplicity
They claim that Switzerland has been a safe haven for Black / Laundered money for ages while Afghanistan is a land of money laundering but no action has been taken against such countries
It may be mentioned that 73 countries have no Anti Money Laundering laws while 26 countries allow all laundered money without question.
Why money laundering of Swiss Banks and Tax Havens never questioned? was a popular point of discussions among wholesales markets of Pakistan
“FATF like other international bodies created by the colonial powers alliance has geopolitical agendas rather than a technical entity,” commented Muhammad Aslam, a young banker from Islamabad
Aslam was of the view that in the absence of transparent Banking systems in Swiss Banks and elsewhere how is it possible for any country to meet the high-level requirements of the so-called FATF?
He claimed that Swiss Banks are charging 2% to keeping the mostly without question in their secret banking system and lending further for 4% and getting 6% for almost doing nothing.
It may be mentioned that the Foreign Minister of Pakistan believes that there was no room to keep Pakistan in the FATF grey list after it had implemented 26 out of 27 action plans.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi made it clear that whatever steps Pakistan had taken were in its own interests. He said it was in their interest to stop money laundering and terror financing.
It may be noted that following its virtual plenary, the FATF through recognized considerable progress made by Pakistan on the action plan and Islamabad’s high-level commitment but it yet decided to retain the status quo for Pakistan i.e. Countries in increased monitoring for the 2018 Terror Finance Action Plan for remaining one action plan item.

Central Desk
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