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ISLAMABAD, Nov 15 (APP): Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here Tuesday chaired a meeting with officials of FBR, Financial Monitoring Unit (FMU) and Finance Division on the matters related to Anti-Money Laundering/Combating Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime.
The Finance Minister was briefed on the reforms introduced so far in various laws to counter money laundering and terrorist financing.
He remarked that government had taken a number of initiatives in that regard to promote transparency and good governance.
The Companies Ordinance 2016, promulgated recently, empowers
the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to
investigate and also conduct joint investigation against fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing.
The Benami Law, recently passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan, aims to curb the use of benami transactions for criminal proceeds and black money.
Similarly, the government has also undertaken measures for valuation of property and related tax matters. Pakistan has also become a signatory to the OECD, (Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters).
Furthermore, he said that new measures, such as the Companies’
Global Register of Beneficial Ownership, will curb corruption, help
address challenges related to off-shore investments, and ensure
transparency in governance.
The Finance Minister emphasized that the Zarb-e-Azb operation
against terrorists coupled with the reforms and measures undertaken
including legislations have resulted in effective curbing of the
menace of terrorism and terrorist financing.
The Finance Minister urged the officials present in the meeting to ensure effective and expeditious implementation of these laws and measures to achieve the desired outcomes.
He directed that continued efforts should be made for further strengthening the regime and improvements should be suggested to plug any possible loopholes related to money laundering and terrorist financing.
The meeting was attended by senior officials of Ministry of Finance, FBR and FMU.