KARACHI: The plenary meeting of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is scheduled to start from June 21, 2021. The meeting may decide to give green signal to Pakistan for white list or maintain its status in the grey list.
The virtual plenary meeting of the FATF will continue till June 25, 2021. It is hoped the watchdog would give clear Pakistan from its strict monitoring list as the country had done immense progress in meeting the required actions.
The Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) – an arm of FATF- in its mutual evaluation of Pakistan released in May 2021 welcomed the efforts of the country in meeting most of the actions set by the FATF.
“Overall, Pakistan has made notable progress in addressing the technical compliance deficiencies identified in its MER and has been re-rated on 22 Recommendations.
“Recommendations 14, 19, 20, 21 and 27 have been re-rated to compliant, and recommendations R.1, 6, 7, 8, 12, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 35 and 40 to largely compliant.
“Recommendation 28 has been re-rated to partially compliant. Insufficient progress has been made to re-rate Recommendation 38. Compliance with Recommendation 37 has been downgraded to non-compliant,” the report said.
Pakistan government is hopeful that the FATF would delist the country from grey list.
“Pakistan has achieved compliant rating in 31 out of 40 FATF recommendations (MER technical compliance). This is the parallel scrutiny being undertaken at FATF besides our current action plan. Upgrade of 20 criteria in less than 2 years is unprecedented in FATF history for any country,” Hammad Azhar, a federal minister, said in his tweet on June 04, 2021.
The FATF put Pakistan in grey list in the year 2018.