A fake news started trending on Twitter spreading rumors that Saudi Arabia has voted against Pakistan at the meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a press release regarding the matter and “categorically rejected the story circulating on segment of the media as false and baseless.“
It is pertinent to mention that the three-day plenary meeting of the FATF is underway and Pakistan’s case will be taken up on the last day (Friday) to decide whether the country should be removed from the grey list.
However, most people questioned the authenticity of the fake news as they were aware the voting is scheduled for the 23rd of October and termed this an attempt to damage ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Soon after the false news went viral on Twitter, the official Government of Pakistan took to the social media platform rejecting the false media report and later issued a release release stating the same.
Here is the press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Pakistan likely to be removed from FATF grey list
Authorities are hopeful that the Pakistan is likely to be removed from the FATF grey list in first quarter of 2021 as the country has taken action of 15 out of the 27-point action plan against money laundering.
While there is a chance that Pakistan stays on the grey list of a longer period, there is no chance that Pakistan would be included in the blacklist according to sources.