Pak’s FATF future in limbo with its continuous involvement in Afghanistan
While Pakistan maintained its position on the Financial Action Job Force’s (FATF) grey list and was provided another chance to prevent being dragged down to the blacklist, its continuous involvement along the border with Afghanistan may not bode well for its future in terms of its FATF status goals.
A couple of days prior to its major review meeting, the FATF had actually reprimanded Pakistan for its ‘meagre development ‘in combating horror financing and money laundering, while the FATF’s Asia-Pacific Group (APG) had actually expressed dissatisfaction as Pakistan has so far only complied to only 2 of the 40 recommendations supplied to deal with concerns of anti-money laundering and combating funding fear, reported Don McLain Gill for Centre for Peace Asia.
It is believed that the concessions given to Pakistan have a lot to do with the anticipation that Pakistan will toe a supporting line with the United States amidst the essential peace deal with the Taliban. However, shreds of proof gotten from several intelligence reports recommend that Pakistan has beginning nesting terror networks in Taliban safe houses of Afghanistan.
The Centre for Peace Asia composed that although Pakistan has desperately attempted to erase its footprints through its supposed ‘crackdown on terrorism ‘, evidence has actually explained that the fairly ‘unruled locations ‘along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, particularly in the provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Khost, Paktika, Zabul and Kandhar in eastern Afghanistan have allowed Pakistan to set-up terror training school and bases, with the active assistance and cooperation from the Taliban, Haqqani Network and Al-Qaeda.
It can be presumed that a nexus has actually established in between the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Haqqani Network, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) along with the Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-KP) in the area.
Additionally, Pakistani firms ‘links with the IS-KP, the Haqqani Network, JeM and LeT remain exposed in current times if some scattered dots are to be joined.Huzaifa al-Bakistani, who was eliminated in a drone strike in Nangarhar province was an ex-LeT member, who along with his father-in-law Aijaz Ahangar (Usman al Kashmiri), an ISKP leader and ex-member of Pakistan-backed groups, namely Tehreek-ul- Mujahideen (TuM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), was taking care of India-centric affairs of IS.
The recent Jalalabad Jail attack in August 2020 was a joint effort of sections connected with the Pakistani firms, ISKP and HQN which worked very closely.
The threads associating Pakistani firms with the IS-KP ended up being more evident after the arrest of Maulavi Abdullah Orakzai alias Aslam Farooqi on April 4,2020 This galvanized Pakistan authorities to summon the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan to seek custody of Aslam Farooqi.
Pakistan supposedly declared Farooqi on the grounds that he had devoted acts of violence versus the Pakistani state. Nevertheless, Kabul declined to concede to the demand, wrote Center for Peace Asia.
These proxies, having lines of communication to Pakistan have actually intended on targeting Indian interests in Afghanistan such as the current attack in the Sikh Shrine.
While Pakistan’s symbiotic relationship with the Taliban in Afghanistan is an alarming need for gaining strategic depth against India, a renewal of the Afghan-Pak horror nexus may not decrease well for peace in this currently troubled Asian region.
This series of occasions does not bode well for Pakistan’s want to accomplish a beneficial status as an advocate of counter-terrorism, rather, this is just going to further complicate its standing in the FATF.
Gill wrote that there would be much pressure put on the government to handle Pakistan’s grey list status in the long term. Pakistan is plainly treading an intricate course towards its objectives of escaping the FATF grey list especially with its indirect involvement in Afghanistan.
The country must significantly deal with the concerns of fear support and financing while adhering to FATF suggestions to have the slightest chance of improving its status.
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