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Pakistan: PM Imran Khan lashes out at opposition for defeating two FATF-related bills in Senate

Pakistan: PM Imran Khan lashes out at opposition for defeating two FATF-related bills in Senate

| @indiablooms | 26 Aug 2020, 10:33 am

Islamabad/UNI: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday lambasted his country's opposition for defeating two bills related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in the Senate, accusing them of trying to sabotage his efforts to help Pakistan exit from the watchdog's 'grey list' for personal political interests.

Khan tweeted this after the opposition-dominated Senate rejected the Anti-Money Laundering (Second Amendment) Bill and the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Waqf Properties Bill, both of which were passed by the National Assembly just a day earlier, Dawn News reported.

He accused the opposition of becoming desperate to save their skin and their ill gotten money in the wake of the tightening of the accountability noose around them and said they (the opposition) was trying to bring down his government unless given the NRO.

"There will be no more NROs," Prime Minister Khan said.

On Monday, the government had managed to get the two FATF-related bills — Anti-Money Laundering and ICT Waqf Properties — passed from the National Assembly after a heated debate on the role of National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The anti-money laundering bill will apparently give more powers to investigating agencies in the fight against money laundering and terror financing and suggests increase in sentences and fines.

The ICT Waqf Properties Bill is aimed at improving and streamlining the “management, supervision and administration of Waqf properties". The bill would put all the Waqf properties, including mosques, Khanqahs, shrines and dargahs, and contributions and donations of all kinds to these places under government control.  

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