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Balochistan govt starts implementation on FATF's recommendations.

Byline: Saadullah Akhtar

QUETTA -- The Balochistan government has started implement on the 11 recommendations on the Financial Action Task Force in the province and a joint investigation team has been set up for the investigation of freeze bank accounts and assets.The Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani presided over the meeting of Financial Action Task Force that held here on Monday.

The meeting reviewed the implementation on the 11 recommendations of FATF about stopping funding to the terrorist organizations through money laundering, confiscating and freezing of assets and bank accounts of banned organizations, registration of non-governmental.organizations and non-profitable organizations and collecting there particulars. Besides, this FATF also recommended legislation for the charity laws.

Additional Chief Secretary Home and Tribal Affairs, Haider Ali Shikoh, Additional Inspector General police Balochistan and officials of the other concerned institutions gave a detailed briefing on pace of implementation on the proposals of Financial Action Task Force.

The meeting was informed that a joint investigation team has been established for further investigation of freeze bank accounts and assets which had already seized by the concern authorities. The meeting was further informed that the number of such cases is 55 in Balochistan and Counter Terrorism Department has registered these cases. Some 29 suspects had already arrested by CTD and investigation against them is in progress,' concerned officials told FATF meeting. Important decisions also been taken in the meeting regarding NGOs and NPOs registration and monitoring

It was decided in the meeting that task will be given to all the deputy commissioners of all districts to prepare data of Non-Governmental Organizations.

'Balochistan Charities Bill 2019, regarding Non-Governmental Organizations registration and Facilitation will be presented in the next provincial Cabinet meeting'. Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan endorsed the proposal. CM Balochistan was also informed during briefing that number of registered NGOs in the department of social welfare and department of industries Balochistan are 4982 but out of them only 1418 Non-Governmental organizations are functional.

'Donors will have to restrict to provide funds to only those active NGOs which are registered and active and regularly audited NGOs will be provided funds. It was also decided in the meeting to ban all non registered Non-Government Organizations'.

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan while speaking at the meeting said that implementation on the recommendations and proposals of FATF is in the best interest to ensure peace and Law and Order in the Province Balochistan. He also instructed the concerned departments to take action in this regard and assured them that Chief Minister Secretariat will provide maximum possible assistance. Deputy Commissioner of the districts can also perform best role in this regard.

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Publication:The Balochistan Express (Quetta, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 30, 2019
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