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FM Qureshi Refuses To Answer If Controversial FATF Bill Was Amended Before Passage

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, during an interview, has refused to answer a question regarding the controversial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and if the federal government had amended it before tabling it in the Senate.

Journalist Shahzeb Khanzad, in his show on Geo News, asked the minister several times: “Did the ruling party amend the FATF law before presenting it in the Senate?” But FM Qureshi kept on saying that the opposition parties wanted a bargain against approving the FATF law.

“The opposition parties wanted us to amend National Accountability Bureau (NAB) laws in the garb of FATF law to save their leaders. But we refused to do so,” the minister said, adding that the ruling part PTI intentions were to get Pakistan out of the FATF grey list, however, the opposition parties were thinking of to protect themselves from NAB.

On Wednesday, PML-N senior leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said that the federal government was trying to give a legal cover to enforced disappearances under the garb of FATF law.

The former premier, during his interview to journalist Asma Shirazi on her show, said that one of the three bills that the government drafted regarding FATF legislation, was very poorly written and didn’t make any sense.

“When I asked that who has written the bill, no one responded. There was complete silent. Three wouldn’t be either democracy or justice in Pakistan if that bill is approved.”

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Talking about the bill, Khaqan Abbasi said that it allowed the detention of ‘anybody’ for 180 days without the warrant and due legal process. According to the bill, the committees which would decide the person to be detained, include members of security agencies of Pakistan.

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