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Pakistan in FATF’s terror list

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Pakistan in FATF’s terror list
 An international task force has decided to place Pakistan on a terrorism-financing watch list, a decision that has stunned and alarmed Pakistani officials and one that could deliver a major blow to the nation’s economy.
The Paris-based organization, the Financial Action Task Force, concluded its meetings on Friday with no public statement on Pakistan’s status.
In addition, a former high-level Pakistani official, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize relationships with current negotiators for the government, told the New York Times that members of the task force had decided to place Pakistan on the list as of June.Pakistan had been on the list from 2012 to 2015.
Meanwhile Pakistan fears that the move will widen the country’s international isolation, damage its already emaciated economy, hurt its banking sector and hinder its access to international markets as it prepares to repay about $3 billion in debt this summer.
The Trump led US administration’s decision to suspend military aid to Pakistan is one of the most significant U.S. punitive actions against Pakistan since 2001. The United States has long been frustrated with Pakistan’s persistent acquiescence to safe havens for the Afghan Taliban and its vicious Haqqani branch in Pakistan (both of which benefit more from misgovernance in Afghanistan, but Pakistan’s aid helps a lot). 
Worse yet, Pakistan has provided direct military and intelligence aid to both groups, resulting in the deaths of U.S. soldiers, Afghan security personnel, and civilians, plus significant destabilization of Afghanistan.
Pakistan has long been a difficult and disruptive neighbor to Afghanistan, cultivating radical groups within Afghanistan as proxies. It has augmented Afghanistan’s instability by providing intelligence, weapons, and protection to the Taliban and the Haqqani network. But years of U.S. pressure on Islamabad, alternating with economic aid and efforts to forge a strategic partnership—have failed to induce Pakistan to change.
Indeed,suspension of military aid to Pakistanand enlisting the country as terror sponsor is the most directly available coercive tool to persuade the country to give up arming the militants and destabilizing Afghanistan.
Pakistan has sought to head off its inclusion on the list by amending its anti-terrorism laws and by taking over organizations controlled by Hafiz Saeed, a Pakistan-based Islamist accused by the United States and India of being behind 2008 militant attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.
If Pakistan wants to be delisted from the terror list and avoid future sanctions, the country must truly cooperate with Afghanistan and the international community, including the US and close the sanctuaries of Taliban and Haqqani network and stop supporting them.
The terrorist grouping not only threats Afghans, but also the people of Pakistan and the whole region. Attacks that take place in Pakistan is due to the result of the wrong policies of Pakistan government that thinks instability in Afghanistan is in their benefit.
Pakistani officials are requested to walk along with Afghans and the international community in the path towards peace and friendship.