Pakistan’s FATF future appears grim with its steady involvement in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Whereas Pakistan retained its place on the Monetary Motion Job Pressure’s (FATF) gray checklist and was given one other alternative to keep away from being dragged right down to the blacklist, its steady involvement alongside the border with Afghanistan could not bode properly for its future by way of its FATF standing aspirations.
A number of days earlier than its full-scale evaluation assembly, the FATF had reprimanded Pakistan for its ‘meagre progress’ in combating terror financing and cash laundering, whereas the FATF’s Asia-Pacific Group (APG) had expressed dissatisfaction as Pakistan has thus far solely complied to solely two of the 40 suggestions offered to handle problems with anti-money laundering and combating financing terror, reported Don McLain Gill for Centre for Peace Asia.
It’s believed that the concessions granted to Pakistan have lots to do with the presumption that Pakistan will toe a supporting line with the US amidst the essential peace take care of the Taliban. Nonetheless, shreds of proof obtained from a number of intelligence reviews counsel that Pakistan has beginning nesting terror networks in Taliban secure havens of Afghanistan.
The Centre for Peace Asia wrote that though Pakistan has desperately tried to erase its footprints via its alleged ‘crackdown on terrorism’, proof has identified that the comparatively ‘unruled areas’ alongside the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, notably within the provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktia, Khost, Paktika, Zabul and Kandhar in jap Afghanistan have enabled Pakistan to set-up terror coaching camps and bases, with the lively help and cooperation from the Taliban, Haqqani Community and Al-Qaeda.
It may be assumed {that a} nexus has developed between the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Haqqani Community, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) together with the Islamic State Khorasan Province (IS-KP) within the area. Furthermore, Pakistani businesses’ hyperlinks with the IS-KP, the Haqqani Community, JeM and LeT stay uncovered in latest occasions if some scattered dots are to be joined.
Huzaifa al-Bakistani, who was killed in a drone strike in Nangarhar province was an ex-LeT member, who alongside together with his father-in-law Aijaz Ahangar (Usman al Kashmiri), an ISKP chief and ex-member of Pakistan-backed teams, specifically Tehreek-ul- Mujahideen (TuM) and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), was taking care of India-centric affairs of IS.
The latest Jalalabad Jail assault in August 2020 was a joint effort of sections affiliated with the Pakistani businesses, ISKP and HQN which labored very intently.
The threads associating Pakistani businesses with the IS-KP turned extra obvious 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 hunt custody of Aslam Farooqi. Pakistan reportedly claimed Farooqi on the grounds that he had dedicated acts of violence towards the Pakistani state. Nonetheless, Kabul refused to concede to the request, wrote Middle for Peace Asia.
These proxies, having traces of communication to Pakistan have deliberate on focusing on Indian pursuits in Afghanistan such because the latest assault within the Sikh Shrine.
Whereas Pakistan’s symbiotic relationship with the Taliban in Afghanistan is a dire necessity for gaining strategic depth towards India, a renewal of the Afghan-Pak terror nexus could not go down properly for peace on this already troubled Asian area.
This sequence of occasions doesn’t bode properly for Pakistan’s need to realize a beneficial standing as an advocate of counter-terrorism, as an alternative, that is solely going to additional complicate its standing within the FATF.
Gill wrote that there can be a lot strain placed on the federal government to take care of Pakistan’s gray checklist standing in the long run. Pakistan is clearly treading a fancy path in the direction of its objectives of escaping the FATF gray checklist particularly with its oblique involvement in Afghanistan.
The nation should considerably handle the problems of terror help and financing whereas adhering to FATF suggestions to have the slightest probability of enhancing its standing.

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