Imran Khan’s takes credit for FATF outcome

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Imran Khan noted that Pakistan was nominated for greylisting by FATF in February 2018 and had to complete the most challenging action plan ever given to any jurisdiction. The PTI chairman said that when his government came to power the country “faced dire prospect of blacklisting” by FATF. He also noted that Pakistan’s “past compliance history with FATF was also not favourable.” “I constituted a FATF Coordination Committee headed by key minister Hammad Azhar. The committee had representation from all government departments and security agencies relevant to our FATF action plan. The officers worked day and night in the first instance to avoid blacklisting,” said Khan. The PTI chairman noted that the watchdog “repeatedly praised work and the political will” of his government. “We not only averted blacklisting but also completed 32 out of 34 action items. We submitted a compliance report on the remaining two items in April based on which FATF now declared Pakistan’s action plan as completed,” said the former premier. Khan said that he was confident that Pakistan will successfully pass the on-site visit and FATF will confirm the work completed on the PTI’s government’s action. “Hammad Azhar, members of his FATF coordination committee and officers who worked on this task performed exceptionally well. The whole country is proud of you,” said the PTI chairman.

 

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