Govt-opposition body to discuss FATF bills on 14th

ISLAMABAD: The ‘informal’ committee comprising government and opposition lawmakers is likely to meet on Monday to try to end a deadlock on four bills related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

Sources said the committee comprises Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountability and Interior Mirza Shahzad Akbar, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha of the PML-N, and Farooq H. Naek and Sherry Rehman of the PPP.

Initially a 24-member committee, headed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and comprising members from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and its allies and opposition parties, including the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party, examined the bills before tabling them in both the houses of parliament for final approval.

However, due to the deadlock on the proposed bill to amend the National Accountability Ordinance, the opposition members boycotted the meeting and subsequently, the committee stood dissolved.

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