New Delhi: Pakistan is likely to take up its issue of terror-funding in International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) meeting in Paris, a plenary session as part of the Financial Action Force (FATF). At the same time, it will remain in FATF’s grey list as it is still not fully compliant on 13 of the 27 actions. Also Read - Former Pakistan Captain Javed Miandad Wants Spot-Fixers Hanged
The meeting will begin on the 18th, during the 39-member plenary session, and will continue till February 21. The plenary group will discuss the arrest of 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who has been convicted up to five years for terror financing, and also decide whether Pakistan will be blacklisted or will continue in the grey list. Also Read - Clashes Erupt Between Police And Residents Outside Mosque in Pakistan's Karachi Amid Lockdown | Watch
Saeed, chief of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), was sentenced last week in two concurrent cases of funnelling money for terror-related activities. His sentencing was welcomed by the United States government which recognised as ‘an important step’. He was also given a fine of Rs 15,000 in each of the two cases. Also Read - Covid-19 Impact: Pakistan Fears Economic Losses of Rs 2.5 Trillion & Unemployment Of 18.5 Million People
Meanwhile, India has been continuously adding pressure on Pakistan to ensure it remains in the FATF’s grey list. For long, India has been asking the neighbouring country to bring perpetrators of cross-border terrorist attacks, including Mumbai and Pathankot, to justice expeditiously.
In October 2019, the terror watchdog decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list until February when the decision is set to be reviewed. Every time, ahead of the session, Pakistan scurries and cracks down terror bodies.