Islamabad: A Pakistani team has left for Bangkok for a face-to-face meeting with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) for a final evaluation of its anti-money laundering and terror-financing report, the media reported on Sunday. Initial talks will be held with the FATF on Sunday and the meeting officially kicks off from Monday, reports The Express Tribune.
The 20-member team is being led by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and includes representatives of the Federal Investigation Agency, State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Board of Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Anti Narcotics Force, and intelligence agencies. According to Finance Ministry sources, the outcome of the talks, which would continue till September 13, would decide whether Pakistan’s name remains on the ‘grey list’ or would it be added to the ‘blacklist’. Talks will also be held over including Pakistan’s name in the enhanced expedited list by the Asia-Pacific Group (APG), a regional affiliate of the FATF. The move will mean that Pakistan would be required to submit follow-up reports to the APG on a quarterly basis. (IANS)