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Armenian American diaspora demands FATF to put Pakistan in blacklist Pakistan FATF

Armenian American diaspora demands FATF to put Pakistan in blacklist

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Feb 2021, 01:34 am

The Armenian National Committee of America has asked  the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to blacklist Pakistan for 'terrorist financing'.

In a tweet, the committee said: "Dear Secretary Yellen @yellen :Our @USTreasury representative to @FATFNews must press this powerful global money-laundering watchdog to add #Pakistan to its blacklist for terrorist financing, including its funding of jihadist mercenaries to fight for #Azerbaijan against Artsakh."

The FATF will meet soon on to decide on Pakistan.

A geopolitical expert has warned that US President Joe Biden should not allow China to back Pakistan and help it in passing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) test without much hindrance.

In an opinion published in The National Interest, writer Michael Rubin alerted: "Within weeks, however, he (Biden) will have to face a test of faith in multilateral organizations and structures when the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meets to address Pakistan’s continued terror problem."

He said: "Pakistan has long exasperated FATF technocrats. The country’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency works fist-in-glove with myriad terrorist groups."

"Rather than blacklist Pakistan, however, the FATF has repeatedly kept Pakistan on its grey list offering it just a little more time in the hope that Pakistani officials might both show they take countering terror finance seriously and that Pakistani civilian leader have the ability to rein in the country’s security apparatus," he said.

"More recently, Pakistani authorities have sought to utilize their growing diplomatic embrace with China in order to protect themselves from FATF blacklisting. While Pakistani nationalists might prickle at Western criticism of Pakistan’s terror problem, they should be increasingly wary that Prime Minister Imran Khan finds it easier to sell out his country’s sovereignty to China than to make basic reforms demanded by the FATF to remain off the blacklist," Rubin wrote.

Rubin said Pakistan is now trying to create conspiracy theory against India as it is gearing up to face the FATF once again.