After some recent events which suggest that Pakistan has refused to behave as far as the issue of cross border terrorism is concerned, it seems that Pakistan has positioned itself for some major trouble in the upcoming days. The upcoming meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is scheduled for next month. Pakistan has been harbouring widespread concerns about the possibility of the FATF blacklisting. However, with its recent misadventure, it has only made a strong case for getting blacklisted by the intergovernmental organisation.
In what came as a rather objectionable move on its part, Pakistan has reactivated the Balakot terror training camp, which was bombed by the Indian Air Force earlier this year. Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat disclosed this crucial development and said, “Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently. It had been damaged and destroyed. People had got away from there and now it has been reactivated. It shows that some action had been taken by the Indian Air Force and now they have got the people back there.” Moreover, as per reports, 40 kg explosives have also been recovered from Kathua in Jammu & Kashmir. The recovery has averted a major terror strike. It has also ended up exposing Pakistan’s sinister plans to carry out terror attacks in India. Moreover, it has also come to light that even with the FATF meeting around the corner, Pakistan is persisting with attempts to infiltrate terrorists into India. Pakistan has lined up terrorists along the LoC in a bid to sneak them into India’s territory. According to Times of India, a source said, “Around 450-500 terrorists are waiting at the terror launch pads along the LoC in PoK.” Some of the terrorists lined up along the LoC were trained at the reactivated Balakot terror camp.
During the “Howdy Modi” event, India gave clear indications that Pakistan won’t be allowed to go scot free for its nefarious designs. Even without naming Pakistan, PM Modi slammed it for shielding and nurturing terrorism. In what came as a major shot in the arm for India’s stand, US President Donald Trump clearly referred to the need of combating Islamic terrorism. He said, “We are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.” This ought to be seen as a veiled reference to Pakistan for “Islamic terrorism” stems out of Pakistan in India’s context. Pakistan has only exposed its identity as a terror exporter further with the recent turn of events strongly suggesting that it is aggressively trying to sneak terrorists into India. With the FATF meeting around the corner, this has given India the chance of hitting Pakistan where it hurts the most. Meanwhile, the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan himself has been exposing the nefarious designs of the ISI-military-terrorist nexus in Pakistan by admitting that Pakistan trained Al-Qaeda and other groups to fight in Afghanistan, inviting more trouble for Pakistan.
It seems that Pakistan PM Imran Khan has made a terrible mistake by pursuing the Kashmir rhetoric. Even though countries across the globe accepted that abrogation of Article 370 is India’s internal matter, ignoring Pakistan’s propaganda on the issue. However, Pakistan continued to pursue the issue relentlessly. By making indirect threats of Jihad, nuclear war and now actually indulging in open attempts of en masses infiltration attempts, Pakistan clearly got carried away over the Kashmir rhetoric. The terrorist country has expected to corner India over the issue of Kashmir, however India is empowered phenomenally by its democracy which can help it attain unthinkable heights. Pakistan clearly picked the wrong battlefield and has clearly ended up losing with the FATF expected to make matters worse for Pakistan.
If the FATF blacklists Pakistan, then it is in for some deep trouble. Pakistan’s economy is already in the doldrums with abysmally high levels of inflation, drastic decline in currency, rising debt and crashing stock markets. In such circumstances, FATF blacklisting would virtually mean a complete breakdown of the Pakistani economy, a blow which it would find really hard to cope up with.