Pak politicises FATF, hires top lobbying firm for a US bailout from grey list


Islamabad requires the support of at least 12 out of 39 member states to remove its name from the grey list.


Pakistan is believed to have hired a top lobbyist firm on the Capitol Hill to help favor Islamabad with the Trump administration and get bailed out of the club of nations on the “grey list.”

With befriended China, Ottoman empire revivalist Turkey and increasingly radicalized Malaysia behind Pakistan, there is no possibility of Islamabad getting pushed into FATF’s blacklist as only three out of 39 member states are required to block the proposal. Islamabad, however, requires the support of at least 12 out of 39 member states to remove its name from the grey list and this will large;y depend on America's approach at the Paris plenary.


The Pakistan foreign ministry has hired Houston (in Texas) based lobbying firm Linden Strategies to push its case with the Trump administration. The lobbying firm website describes it as a “government relations and business development firm providing strategic analysis and advisory to domestic and international clients, including sovereign nations.”


Despite hiring a top lobbying firm and offering its leverage with the Taliban to the US for reduction of violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan will not be able to escape the grey list this time as its 2019 mutual evaluation report leaves a lot to be desired and it is still to comply with all the 27 points of FATF action plan of the past.



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