Pakistan asked to submit replies to 150 FATF queries

Pakistan has received a questionnaire, comprising 150 questions, from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a private media outlet reported on Saturday.

According to the finance ministry sources, the FATF has asked Islamabad details regarding the actions that have been taken to achieve the targets set by the intergovernmental organization.

The FATF has demanded Pakistan to sentence those who were associated with banned outfits and summoned copies of cases registered against the outlawed organizations. It has also asked Pakistan about the legal steps taken with regard to religious seminaries.

It is pertinent to mention that the questionnaire was sent in response to Islamabad’s report that was forwarded to the FATF on December 3. Pakistan has to respond to the questions by January 8.

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In its Dec 3 implementation report, Pakistan had informed the FATF about measures taken for the prevention of terror financing and transfer of assets to banned outfits. The report stated that the government had tightened its noose around 190 people while 700 cases of money laundering were being investigated against terrorists.

The report further read that 170 people who transferred money to terrorists were arrested while 1,000 properties of banned outfits were also seized.

“Investigations are underway against the owners of 35 of these properties, while a probe has also been initiated against another 150 properties. The government is also taking vigorous measures against currency smuggling.”

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