New York [USA], Feb 23 (ANI): China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have joined hands to block a move by United State President Donald Trump's administration to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list.
According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), the United States was working behind the scenes during the ongoing Paris meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), so as to take action against Pakistan, which it believes that it has not acted against terrorist financing and the implementation of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
However, Islamabad claimed that it had foiled US-led efforts to ban 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed's Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) from collecting charities after the country was granted a three-month reprieve by FATF.
The FATF, a global body that combats terrorism financing and money laundering, met in Paris amid reports that the US with the support of some European allies was trying to place Pakistan on a list of countries that financially support terrorism.
"The officials said the US effort, which included pressure on the Saudis, raised the possibility of a fresh vote on action against Pakistan as soon as Thursday. The Pakistanis were scrambling to shore up support," the WSJ report said.
Washington has accused Islamabad of not taking steps to crack down on terrorist groups such as the Haqqani network and the Taliban. The latter has repeatedly denied such allegations.
"Pakistan, on the other hand, feared that its name in the list of countries deemed 'high risk' for doing too little to curb terror financing, would have serious financial effects on the country," the WSJ said.
"As a result of this inclusion, banks, other lenders and international companies seeking to do business with Pakistan could rethink financial ties, putting a damper on its already struggling economy, the daily added.
US state department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday said that the FATF was expected to take a decision soon on adding Pakistan to the 'grey list' of countries not doing enough to curb terrorist funding.
The US State Department in 2014 had named the JuD as "foreign terrorist organisation", a status that freezes assets of the organisation under its jurisdiction.
New Delhi has, time and again, protested against Islamabad for harbouring Saeed, who is wanted for plotting the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (ANI)