Islamabad rejects reports of Saudi Arabia’s role in Pakistan’s FATF assessment

News Desk

Islamabad has rejected “false media reports” regarding Saudi Arabia’s role in the assessment of Pakistan’s Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan.

According to media reports, the Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri in a press release on Thursday said that the reports regarding Saudi Arabia’s role in the assessment of Pakistan’s FATF action plan are false. He categorically rejected the story circulating on a segment of the media as false and baseless.

It is to br mentioned here that earlier, the Punjab chief minister’s focal person for digital media, Azhar Mashwani tweeted that reports of Saudi Arabia voting against Pakistan in FATF was fake news and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would issue a statement on this.

The statement by the spokesperson further said that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia enjoy strong fraternal ties and the two countries have always cooperated with each other on all matters of bilateral, regional and international importance.

He said that Pakistan greatly values its relations with the brotherly Saudi Arabia and firmly rejects such malicious propaganda.

According to Dawn, a virtual meeting of the FATF, from Oct 21-23, will decide if Pakistan should be excluded from its ‘grey list’, based on a review of Islamabad’s performance to meet global commitments and standards on fight against money laundering and terror financing (ML&TF).