United States says seeing 'positive indicators' from Pakistan on terrorism

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal has said that Pakistan and the U.S. are "trying to find common ground in their bilateral relations, which is happening outside the public glare".

The extensive bilateral talks began afterwards to find a common ground, but the National Security Strategy document unveiled by the U.S., the Trump's New Year tweet, the suspension of military aid and the United States move to get Pakistan to the FATF grey list, left little doubt that the talks have failed to fix the strains.

Pakistan today vowed to take further actions to address certain "deficiencies" highlighted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in its anti-money laundering and counter-terror financing framework. The latter has said that it will place Islamabad on its terrorist financing watch list - the so-called grey list - by June this year, if it does not take significant steps to curtail the export of terror or terrorists from its soil, as also curb the activities of banned Islamic fundamentalist institutions and entities.

Pakistan was in touch with the US, and Lisa Curtis, Senior Director for South and Central Asia at US National Security Council visited Pakistan on February 26 and met Foreign Secretary (Tehmina Janjua), he said.

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Foreign office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal tweeted: "FS meets Ms Lisa Curtis the Senior Director for South and Central Asia at the NSC of USA, at MOFA this morning".

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China and Saudi Arabia, which had been resisting the American pressure, later deserted Pakistan over the issue. "We will take further actions for addressing any remaining deficiencies". Only three votes from three countries were needed for Pakistan to escape the grey list but in the end only Turkey stood firm.

The U.S. move infuriated Islamabad amid fears it could hurt the fragile economy of Pakistan, whose de facto finance minister accused Washington of trying to "embarrass" his country.

Firmly dismissing the possibility that the country will be placed on the anti money-laundering watchdog's blacklist, Faisal said an action plan to eradicate terror financing is being prepared and will be shared with the global body.

Ms Curtis during the meeting was accompanied by US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale, adds APP.

Ismail said Pakistan's law-enforcement shortcomings are often confused for lack of desire, especially at provincial level, where police officers are poorly trained when it comes to terrorist financing legislation. He said the country would keep working to improve its CTF capabilities and win the confidence of Britain, Germany and France, who co-sponsored the United States motion in Paris.

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