Pakistan could be put on an European Union blacklist

  • Pakistan could be put on an European Union blacklist

Pakistan could be put on an European Union blacklist

Foreign Secretary visits Washington just days after Lisa Curtis, a senior aide of President Trump, travelled to Islamabad in search of common ground in the fight against terrorism and particularly bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.

However, the visit appears to be kept low profile since the Foreign Office did not issue any statement on it. Officials privately confirmed Tehmina's trip and cited it as an important diplomatic voyage.

"I think we're in the beginning of a process with the Pakistani Government".

However, Curtis yet again reminded her interlocutors in Islamabad about the alleged presence of Haqqani network and other terrorist outfits in Pakistan.

Placing Pakistan on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will not hurt the economy as there would be no legal hitch in accessing foreign funding, including potential future borrowings from donor agencies, said experts.

She had urged the government of Pakistan to address the continuing presence of the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups within its territory, and reiterated the global communitys long-standing concern about ongoing deficiencies in Pakistans implementation of its anti-money laundering/ counter-terrorism finance regime, the United States embassy here had said in a statement. "We also oppose using finance as a political means to impose pressure on Pakistan", Geng said. "We have a series of high-level exchanges, Foreign Secretary Janjua will be here in Washington for meetings tomorrow", Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alice Wells said during her briefing on Monday.

Responding to a question whether Washington has seen a change in Pakistan's behaviour as it relates to Afghanistan since the move of the U.S. to freeze aid, Wells said, "We've not seen decisive and sustained changes yet in Pakistan's behavior".

"This is an inflection point and this is an opportunity and Pakistan has an opportunity to do more", she said, while acknowledging that the country has been a victim of terrorism. "So, we'll look forward to continuing to work with them to see where there are opportunities".

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.