FATF related bills passed by parliament to steer the country out of grey list: Shibli Faraz

Islamabad, September 20, 2020 (PPI-OT): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz says the FATF related bills recently passed by the joint sitting of parliament were very important to steer the country out of the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force. Addressing a news conference along with Adviser on Interior Shahzad Akbar in Islamabad on Saturday, he said no legislation was done in the past to check money laundering.

Shibli Faraz said the opposition parties want to stoke anarchy and confusion as well as create law and order situation in the country to achieve their vested interests. Referring to opposition’s All Parties Conference to be held tomorrow, he said such gatherings have failed in the past and the result of the latest one will also be zero.

Alluding to Nawaz Sharif, Shibli Faraz said he is a convicted person who fled the country on the pretext of indisposition. He said the government is ready to sit with the opposition for legislation and public welfare but no compromise will be made on corruption. Highlighting the improvements witnessed on the economic front and Covid-19, the Information Minister said the benefits of the economic recovery have started reaching the masses.

Speaking on the occasion, Shahzad Akbar said the opposition parties wanted concessions for extending support to the FATF related bills. He said the opposition also resorted to propaganda campaign against the FATF related bills to mislead the nation. The Adviser on Interior clarified that the government has simplified the anti-money laundering bill and deleted the power of arrest from it. He said the money laundering has also been made a cognizable offense as is the practice in the world.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557
Email: info@moib.gov.pk
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