Ankara, Turkey: Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) added Turkey, Mali and Jordan in their grey list.
Writing in Policy Research Group, London based business consultant James Crickton said that the FATF diktats and their fall-out will have a negative impact on Turkish-Pakistan relations.
Crickton noted that ties have burgeoned with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan exchanging high-profile state visits and working on ways to boost bilateral ties.
The global money-laundering watchdog had placed Turkey in October in its “grey list” for non-adherence to the United Nations sanction regime, money laundering and abuse of terror financing. Ankara had reacted strongly, calling it unfair.
The greylisting is not just a blow to Ankara, but also to its closest ally Pakistan which is developing a strategic relationship with Turkey under its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
FATF President Marcus Pleyer of Germany was more to the point in his post-plenary press meet, saying Turkey needs to address “serious issues of supervision” in its banking and real estate sectors, and with gold and precious stones dealers.
“The FATF diktats and their fall-out will have a negative impact on Turkish-Pakistan relations, although Ankara is not an aid-giver to Islamabad. Ties have burgeoned with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Imran Khan exchanging high-profile state visits and working on ways to boost bilateral ties.” Crickton writes.
Crickton believes that the situation could get worse for Turkey after FATF’s grey listing.
“All this India bashing and Kashmir outcry offers no manna either to Pakistan or Turkey. With the FATF breathing down its neck literally, the situation remains precarious for Pakistan. It could get worse for Turkey.” he writes