Pakistan's Input Efforts on Terrorist Funding List Pending

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that a US-led motion to place Pakistan on a global terrorist financing watchlist has been suspended for three months.

Final Action Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is expected to be announced on Thursday (22/2).

Read: Pakistan Hopes Not to Be List of Terrorist Funding

Khawaja Asif, in an official visit to Russia, said on Twitter on Tuesday that "Pakistani efforts were successful" and the country was given a three-month suspension over the US-led motion.

Asif also mentioned that the financial regulatory body has instructed the Asia Pacific Group (APG) , one of the FATF entities, to consider "another June report" on the matter.

The South Asian nation has been trying hard not to be included in the list FATF countries that have failed to comply with FATF guidelines and regulations and take adequate measures to combat terror financing and money laundering. [as/al]

Pakistan Hopes Not to Be List of Terrorist Funding

The United States and its European allies endeavor to incorporate Pakistan into the list of global terrorist financing for failing to comply with anti-terrorist and anti-money laundering regulations.

They filed the case to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body battling funding terrorism and money laundering, at a meeting that will be closed later this month in Paris.

"I hope the international community does not take actions that hamper our efforts to combat terrorism," Ahsan Iqbal, the Interior Minister of Pakistan, told the media on Monday 19/2).

A published report says Iqbal calls Washington's attempt as an affront to his country's sacrifice in the war on terror.

Pakistan was on the list in 2012-2015. [as/al]

US Enter Hamas Leaders to a Global Terrorist List

Less than a week after threatening to cut aid to Palestine if it does not seek peace with Israel, the Americans impose sanctions on Hamas political leaders, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip.

The US State Department announced on Tuesday (30/1) Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, is on his terrorist list as Specially Designated Global Terrorist, AnGRT.

The United States has listed Hamas as a terrorist organization, and the State Department says Haniyeh has close ties to the military wing of the organization and is reportedly involved in the attacks against the citizens of Israel.

Harakat al-Sabireen, Iran-backed group and mainly operating outside Gaza and the West Bank are also included on the list. According to officials, Harakat al-Sabireen planned and carried out attacks on Israel and fired rockets at Israeli targets.

The two Egyptian organizations, Liwa al-Thawra, and Harakat Sawa'd Misr, were also added to the terrorist list the. The two have previously been linked to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood branch. [ka/ds]

Releases List of 210 People Near the Kremlin, Putin Takes US Take 'Hostile Step'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States has taken a 'hostile step' by releasing a list detailing the wealth and political relations of 210 people who have a close relationship with the Kremlin. But he said Russia would not take revenge.

The US Treasury published the list on Monday, as enacted by a law passed by Congress in August aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election in America .

American President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the law, and government officials said Monday that there is currently no plan to impose new sanctions on the Kremlin.

In a written statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that it had beaten Russian companies.

"Now we have told Congress that this law and its implementation prevent Russia from selling weapons," Nauert wrote. "Since the enactment of … the law, we estimate that foreign governments have canceled the purchase of weapons worth several billion dollars from Russia."

Some Kremlin officials react angrily to the list. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would "poison the relationship for a long time".

But Putin is more restrained. Speaking at a campaign event Tuesday in Moscow, he said that although he was disappointed over the list, he would delay the retaliation, which seems to be because the list is not accompanied by American sanctions. [sp/ii]

US publishes list of Russian politicians and oligarchs but no new sanctions

The US Treasury has issued a list of politicians and Russian business leaders close to President Vladimir Putin's government, along with their relationship with top leaders and their net worth. The list was mandated by the Congress.

The list of more than 200 people was not accompanied by new sanctions, although a number of figures on the list had previously been subject to American sanctions.

Last August, US President Donald Trump signed laws passed almost unanimously by Congress aimed at punishing Russians accused of intervening in the 2016 elections. Trump said then that the law "improperly transcends executive authority, harms American companies and harms the interests of allied countries in Europe."

The law gave the Trump government 180 days to produce the list, including Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and high-ranking spy officials. Among business leaders are aluminum entrepreneur Oleg Deripaska, CEO of German Gref Sberbank and CEO of Gazprom Alexei Miller. [gp]