November 30, 2020

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

ISLAMABAD: Whereas Pakistan retained its place on the Monetary Motion Activity Drive’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 might not bode properly for its future by way of its FATF standing aspirations.
A couple of days earlier than its full-scale overview 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 to date solely complied to solely two of the 40 suggestions supplied to deal with 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 so much to do with the presumption that Pakistan will toe a supporting line with the US amidst the essential peace cope with the Taliban. Nonetheless, shreds of proof acquired 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 by way of its alleged ‘crackdown on terrorism’, proof has identified that the comparatively ‘unruled areas’ alongside the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, significantly 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 assist 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 companies’ 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, particularly 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 companies, ISKP and HQN which labored very intently.
The threads associating Pakistani companies 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 in opposition to 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 in opposition to India, a renewal of the Afghan-Pak terror nexus might not go down properly for peace on this already troubled Asian area.
This collection of occasions doesn’t bode properly for Pakistan’s want to attain 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 could be a lot stress placed on the federal government to cope with 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 tackle the problems of terror assist and financing whereas adhering to FATF suggestions to have the slightest probability of bettering its standing.