Pakistan exposed! Listed in top 50 worst terror funding countries
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 08-Sep-2017

Islamabad, September 8: Pakistan again exposed in front of the whole world after getting place in worst terror funding countries. A Swiss Group, the Basel Institute on Governance, has stated in its latest list that Pakistan is included in the list of top 50 countries for funding terrorist and money laundering operations.

The Basel Institute on Governance evaluated 146 countries for money laundering and financially helping terrorists. In the list of 146 countries, Pakistan is placed at 46th position after being given 6.64 points.
 
The report-titled “Country Reports on Terrorism, 2016” had also listed Pakistan among countries that provide safe havens to terrorists. The US report notes that Pakistan criminalises terrorist financing through a law known as the Anti-Terrorism Act. But it points out that there has not been a significant number of prosecutions or convictions of terrorist financing cases reported by Pakistan in recent years.
 
The worst score are Iran (8.6), Afghanistan (8.38), Guinea-Bissau (8.35), Tajikistan (8.28), Laos (8.28), Mozambique (8.08), Mali (7.97), Uganda (7.95), Cambodia (7.94). These countries top the list. The best performance in effective monitoring of banking and all financial transactions, according to this study, is of Finland with a score 3.04.

Thus Finland falls at the bottom of the list and ranked at position 146. Other countries with best controls and monitoring of financial transactions after Finland are; Lithuania (3.67), Estonia (3.83), Bulgaria (3.87), New Zealand (3.91), Slovenia (4.02), Denmark (3.05).

The Basel Institute of Governance, which works with the public and private sector to counter corruption, released its annual Anti Money Laundering (AML) index 2017 in the third week of August and some of its findings were reported by international media.

The Basel AML Index measures the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing of countries based on publicly available sources. A total of 14 indicators dealing with AML/CFT regulations, corruption, financial standards, political disclosure and the rule of law are aggregated into one overall risk score. By combining these various data sources, the overall risk score represents a holistic assessment addressing structural as well as functional elements in the AML/CFT framework.