China is likely to thwart India’s moves of hurdling Pakistan to pressure the latter to comply with anti-terrorist financing efforts at the upcoming Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Florida, USA. Last month, India had finally managed to get Masood Azhar, Jaish-e-Mohammad chief, listed as a global terrorist by the United Nations with the backing of China and continues to pressure Islamabad to crack down on home-grown terrorists.
An Indian government official disclosed that they fear that Pakistan may get a breather as Beijing is taking over as the chair. China’s Liu was appointed as FATF vice-president and also the FATF president-designate by the plenary for one year preceding his presidential term.
Sources say Pakistan’s progress and compliance with the remaining targets will be concluded and a decision will be taken whether the country should be moved out of the ‘grey list’ or kept there in case of minor shortcomings or be downgraded to the ‘blacklist’. Read more