FBR vows to curb money laundering in real estate

FBR vows to curb money laundering in real estate

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has vowed to continue its efforts to stop money laundering through real estate and precious metals and stones, including gold and jewellery.

FBR Chairman Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed that FBR will continue implementing the AML/CFT regulations in order to curb the menace of money laundering through real estate and precious metals and stones, including gold and jewellery.

The chairman issued the statement on the major achievement of completing actions on Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBS) in the FATF action plan I just one reporting cycle and one year ahead of the deadline in September 2022.

The Chairman FBR Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed congratulated DG DNFBPs, Mr. Mohammad Iqbal, and his team for the tireless efforts to complete the actions on DNFBPs in a short span of three months and one year ahead of the deadlines.

The FATF plenary in its public statement has noted that Pakistan has now satisfied the requirements of most of its action items under the 2021 action plan, ahead of deadlines and in its first reporting cycle.

In June 2021, the FATF plenary had approved a seven actions new action plan for Pakistan, focusing on combating money laundering. This action plan contained two actions specific to DNFBPs, in particular, the real estate agents and Dealers in Precious Metals and Stones (DMPS). FBR was already designated as AML/CFT regulatory authority for real estate agents, DPMS and accountants other than those registered with ICAP and ICMAP under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2010, through amendments made in September 2020.

Since the designation of FBR as the AML/CFT regulatory authority, FBR issued AML/CFT regulations for its regulated entities and also embarked upon an extensive outreach to educate and facilitate the DNFBPs on implementation of the new AML/CFT regime. A dedicated portal was made available on FBR website, which contains comprehensive guidance documents and other information for the DNFBPs. FBR also launched a customized mobile App for the registration by DNFBPs, screening the lists of proscribed /designated persons and generating Suspicious Transaction Reports (SRTs). A detailed supervisory plan was chalked out for offsite and onsite supervision of the DNFBPs.

Since June 2021, FBR has carried out onsite inspections of a large number of DNFBPs and imposed a wide range of penalties on the delinquent entities. The real estate associations were also taken on board for the implementation of the AML/CFT obligations.

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