FATF’s regional body retains Pakistan on ‘enhanced follow-up’ for sufficient outstanding requirements

The Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Cash Laundering, a regional affiliate of Paris-based FATF, has retained Pakistan on “enhanced follow-up” standing for sufficient outstanding requirements, whereas enhancing the nation’s ranking on 21 of the 40 technical suggestions of the worldwide watchdog towards cash laundering and terror financing.

Pakistan was put on the gray listing by the Paris-based Monetary Motion Job Power (FATF) in June 2018 and the nation has been struggling to return out of it.

The second Observe-Up Report (FUR) on Mutual Analysis of Pakistan launched by the APG additionally downgraded the nation on one standards.

The report mentioned Pakistan was re-rated to compliant’ standing on 5 counts and on 15 others to largely compliant’ and on yet one more depend to partially compliant’.

Daybreak newspaper reported that total, Pakistan is now totally compliant’ with seven suggestions and largely compliant’ with 24 others. The nation is partially compliant’ with seven suggestions and non-compliant’ with two out of a complete 40 suggestions.

All in all, Pakistan is now compliant or largely compliant with 31 out of 40 FATF suggestions.

The reporting date for this analysis was October 1, 2020, which implies Islamabad might have made additional progress since then that might be evaluated at a later stage.

Pakistan will transfer from enhanced (expedited) to enhanced follow-up, and can proceed to report again to the APG on progress to strengthen its implementation of anti-money laundering and combating financing terror (AML/CFT) measures, the APG mentioned.

Pakistan submitted its third progress report in February 2021 which is but to be evaluated.

General, Pakistan has made notable progress in addressing the technical compliance deficiencies recognized in its Mutual Analysis Report (MER) and has been re-rated on 22 suggestions, the APG added.

Within the first FUR of February final yr, Pakistan’s progress was largely discovered unchanged  non-compliant on 4 counts, partially compliant on 25 counts and largely compliant on 9 suggestions. Since then, the federal government labored aggressively and improved its effectiveness on the AML/CFT system.

Minister for Power Hammad Azhar, who can also be head of the duty power on FATF, welcomed the re-rating, saying the outcomes proved the sincerity together with resolve of the federal government in complying with the FATF requirements.

FATF’s Mutual Analysis Report (MER) of jurisdictions is assessed in two domains  technical compliance or authorized devices (40 FATF suggestions) and demonstration of effectiveness (11 speedy outcomes).

Pakistan’s MER was adopted in October 2019 wherein the nation was rated compliant and largely grievance in 10 out of 40 suggestions.

After adoption of MER, Pakistan was positioned below post-observation interval by the FATF, which expired in February this yr.

Through the mentioned interval, Pakistan carried out main authorized reforms with the enactment of 14 federal legal guidelines and three provincial legal guidelines together with related guidelines and rules, the paper reported.

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