South Asia and Beyond

‘Sustained International Pressure Forced Pakistan To Act’

NEW DELHI: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which keeps a close eye on terror financing and money laundering worldwide, took Pakistan off its grey list less than a fortnight ago. It was the third time the country earned the ignominy of finding itself on a list of countries under increased scrutiny for failing to comply with global norms laid down by the watchdog. Pakistan was last placed under the grey list in 2018. Four years on the FATF grey list has led to some demonstrable action by Pakistan, says Ramanathan Kumar who has served as special secretary in R&AW, India’s external intelligence agency. Due to sustained pressure by the international community, Pakistan had to act, Kumar told StratNews Global Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale on ‘The Gist’. He also spoke about why India needs to keep a close eye on terrorism emanating from Af-Pak.

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