U.S. wants to put Is­lam­abad back on ter­ror fi­nance list

Pak­istan ac­cused of not do­ing enough to cut off mil­i­tants.

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stan,” Is­mail said by tele­phone. “I think they’re lis­ten­ing to us and I’m more than hope­ful we won’t be gray-listed.”

But his op­ti­mistic tone faded as he re­called a meet­ing with U.S. Trea­sury of­fiThe United States has in­di­cials this month. The Pa­ki­cated that it will seek to place stani del­e­ga­tion walked away Pak­istan on a watch list of with the im­pres­sion that coun­tries that are not do­ing “they are still go­ing to put enough to counter terrorism us on the gray list,” he said, fi­nanc­ing, threat­en­ing Is­lam- call­ing the Trump ad­min­is­abad with global iso­la­tion, tra­tion’s for­eign pol­icy in­conac­cord­ing to a se­nior Pak­i­sis­tent. stani of­fi­cial. That would un­der­mine

The United States is likely mod­er­ates in the coun­try, to in­tro­duce the mo­tion he said. next week in Paris, where “We’ll have egg on our the Fi­nan­cial Ac­tion Task faces,” Is­mail added. “We Force, a global body cre­ated pushed for these re­forms, to fight terrorism fi­nanc­ing although many thought we and money laun­der­ing, will wouldn’t be suc­cess­ful changvote on the mat­ter, the offi- ing Wash­ing­ton’s be­hav­ior.” cial, Mif­tah Is­mail, a fi­nan­cial A State Departm e nt ad­viser to Pak­istan’s prime spokesman said that the min­is­ter, said. United States wel­comed

Pak­istan was on the list Pak­istan’s ef­forts against from 2012 to 2015, and offi- the groups tied to Lashkar­cials worry that be­ing added e-Taiba, but that it sought again could hin­der the coun- ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on try’s ac­cess to in­ter­na­tional what “con­crete steps” were mar­kets as it pre­pares to be­ing taken to de­prive them re­pay roughly $3 bil­lion in of fi­nanc­ing. The spokes­debt this sum­mer. man said the Paris meet­ing

In an ef­fort to stave off would de­ter­mine the next re­turn­ing to the list, Pak­istan steps on Pak­istan. has qui­etly adopted sancPres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s tions against two groups that in­creas­ingly hawk­ish stance the United States ac­cuses of on Pak­istan has left of­fi­cials be­ing fronts for the mil­i­tant in the South Asian coun­try group Lashkar-e-Taiba, mov­wor­ried that it could be­come ing to seize their schools, po­lit­i­cally iso­lated. Pre­vi­ambu­lances and other as­sets ous ad­min­is­tra­tions have this week. The United States tried to force Is­lam­abad to has been try­ing for years cut off sup­port for ex­trem­ist to get Is­lam­abad to move or­ga­ni­za­tions that op­er­ate in against Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pak­istan and cross the bor­which India ac­cuses of be­ing der into Afghanistan, where be­hind the 2008 ter­ror­ist they at­tack U.S.-led forces. at­tacks in Mum­bai that shut Civil­ian of­fi­cials in Paki­d­own the city for sev­eral stan’s gov­ern­ment say pri­days and killed more than vately that they are ea­ger 160 peo­ple. to clamp down on in­sur­gent

“We’re talk­ing to the U.S. groups, but that the mil­i­tary and try­ing to get them not to and its pow­er­ful in­tel­li­gence take any ac­tion against Paki- wing may not com­ply.

Maria Abi Habib

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