On Tuesday, Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari called for a parliamentary inquiry into the “criminal negligence” of governments and former bureaucrats for failing to take steps to make Pakistan a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
During National Assembly meeting, she told the parliament that the financial watchdog was established by the G-7 countries in 1989 to act against money laundering.
Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari said,
“India became Financial Action Task Force (FATF) member in 1998 after the constitution of Framework of Monitoring Unit. Since then, India is creating problems for us every now and then,”
“Parliament should perform an inquiry against specific members of bureaucracy, foreign ministers and institutional heads [of previous governments] for not applying for the membership of FATF”
Prior governments did not apply for FATF membership because it would have exposed their money laundering and corruption, she alleged.
Further she said,
“If we were a part of FATF, we would not have been facing difficulties,”
Pakistan was placed on the so-called grey list of the control body last June for failing to comply with international standards on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter financing (AML / CFT). Last week, it narrowly avoided being included in the FATF blacklist, but only until October.
During her speech in the Lower House, Shireen Mazari also called for an investigation into the non-registration of a bilateral agreement between Pakistan and India, signed in 2008 at the United Nations for failing to grant consular access to spies arrested in other countries.
It considered that if the agreement had been registered with the United Nations, the International Court of Justice would not have been able to consider the case of India regarding consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.
She said that, in accordance with international law, bilateral agreements signed between two countries should be registered with the UN for recognition by international institutions.
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17 November, 2019