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European Union may add Pakistan to its money laundering blacklist

The list will be submitted to the European Parliament and Council for approval within a month

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Captain (retd) Safdar’s name placed on the blacklist

Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar’s name has been included on the blacklist, restricting him from travelling abroad. He was sentenced to one-year in prison a day earlier by an accountability court in a corruption case.  An accountability court sentenced former prime minister Nawaz to 10 years in jail, his daughter Maryam to seven years…

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Zulfi Bukhari’s name taken off the blacklist

The Islamabad High Court has ordered the name of Zulfi Bukhari, a close aide of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan, to be taken off the blacklist.  Justice Aamir Farooq heard the case on Friday and ordered that the restrictions on his travel should be lifted. A plea against Bukhari, who is a civilian, using the Noor…

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Officials come under fire for allowing Zulfi Bukhari to leave the country

The Islamabad High Court and Senate standing committee on interior separately came down hard on officials for allowing Zulfi Bukhari to leave the country. The Islamabad High Court has summoned replies from the interior ministry and other respondents in the matter. Bukhari is a close aide of PTI Chairperson Imran Khan. Justice Aamir Farooq asked…

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Three Pakistanis declared Global Terrorists

WASHINGTON: The United States named three Pakistanis as key “terrorist facilitators”, saying they worked closely with a well-known backer of Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Taliban known as Shaykh Aminullah. The US Treasury placed Rahman Zeb Faqir Muhammad, Hizb Ullah Astam Khan, and Dilawar Khan Nadir Khan on its blacklist of “Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” in…

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Blacklisted US spy rearrested in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A US spy was rearrested by security agencies in Pakistan when he entered the country on fake travel documents, Samaa reported Saturday. Matthew Craig Barrett entered Pakistan from Islamabad airport through a landing card that carried his wrong credentials, according to officials of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). Barrett was arrested from Islamabad’s Sector G-8…

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Shanghai film festival pulls Japan movie over government blacklist

SHANGHAI: The Shanghai film festival has yanked the Japanese anime movie “Attack on Titan” from screening, an organiser said Monday, after it appeared on a “black list” issued by Chinese cultural authorities. The 2014 animated movie about monstrous “titans” making humans their food was scheduled to be screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival which…

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British push to blacklist Hezbollah hits EU opposition

BRUSSELS: A British request to blacklist the armed wing of Hezbollah ran into opposition in the European Union on Tuesday, with several governments expressing concern that such a move would increase instability in the Middle East.Britain has argued that the militant Shi'ite Muslim group should face European sanctions because of evidence that it was behind…

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Syrian Brotherhood says U.S. wrong to blacklist al-Nusra

MARRAKECH: A high-level official in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood said on Tuesday the United States had made a “very wrong” decision by designating the militant Islamist al-Nusra Front rebel group as a terrorist organisation.”The designation is very wrong and too hasty. I think it is too early to categorise people inside Syria this way, considering…

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Haqqani Network added to UN blacklist

UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. Security Council's Taliban sanctions committee on Monday added the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, accused of high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, and its chief of suicide operations to a U.N. blacklist, the United States said.”These sanctions oblige all U.N. member states to implement an asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo against (Qari) Zakir…

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US to blacklist Haqqani network: NY Times

WASHINGTON: The United States is preparing to blacklist the Pakistan-based Haqqani network as early as Friday, the New York Times said on its website, quoting unidentified American officials. U.S. officials have accused the Haqqanis of high-profile attacks, including on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and a truck bombing that wounded dozens of U.S. troops. Designation…

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Saudi dissident set to come off U.N. al Qaeda blacklist

UNITED NATIONS: A U.N. Security Council committee is set to remove Saudi dissident Saad al-Faqih from the United Nations' al Qaeda sanctions list this weekend if no council member demands that the 15-nation body intervene, U.N. diplomats.The London-based Faqih was added to the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions list in December 2004, days after the U.S….

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Robert Pattinson to star in “Mission: Blacklist”

NEW YORK: Robert Pattinson will star in “Mission: Blacklist,” a psychological thriller to be directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire that hits the Cannes Film Market in May.The film is based on the novel “Mission: Black List #1,” which was written by a man intimately involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein, military interrogator Eric Maddox.Erik Jendresen,…

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Pakistan appears on money-laundering blacklist

PARIS: An international money-laundering watchdog added Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, Tanzania and Thailand on Thursday to its blacklist of nations that fail to meet international standards.The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has found that those five countries were flaunting recommendations made to them toward fighting money-laundering and financing terrorism, its executive secretary, Rick McDonell, told journalists.No…

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UN panel finishes Taliban/al Qaeda blacklist review

UNITED NATIONS: A Security Council committee has deleted 45 entries from its Taliban-al Qaeda blacklist, a move sought by Afghanistan to ease negotiations with insurgents, Austria's U.N. envoy said on Monday. The Security Council's Taliban-al Qaeda sanctions committee, which was established in 1999 by resolution 1267, began reviewing each of the 488 individuals and entities…

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Karzai to ask UN to trim Taliban blacklist: report

WASHINGTON: Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to ask the United Nations to remove as many as 50 former Taliban members from a UN blacklist, The Washington Post reported on Monday. The request to remove about a quarter of the 137 names on the list is aimed at advancing reconciliation talks with insurgents, the report said,…

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UN reviews Taliban blacklist after Afghan jirga

KABUL: The United Nations is reviewing the names of the Taliban and al Qaeda figures on its sanctions list following a call by last week's peace conference in Afghanistan, the top U.N. envoy said on Saturday. U.N. Security Council Resolution 1267 freezes the assets and limits the movements of senior Afghan-based militants, but recent efforts…

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Karzai to seek removal of Taliban from UN blacklist

ISTANBUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he will press for Taliban names to be removed from a UN blacklist, as peace overtures intensified heading into a London conference. The Afghan leader will win backing from world powers at the conference on Thursday for his plan to offer money and jobs to cajole Taliban fighters into…

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Canada not to put asbestos on trade blacklist

ROME: Asbestos, the highly toxic fire-retarding mineral, will not be placed on a global blacklist and will be freely traded for the foreseeable future, Canadian politicians said Thursday. Pressure from major producer Canada and several developing country importers will prevent diplomats meeting in Rome for the Rotterdam Convention this week from adding chrysotile asbestos to…

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