Editorial: False neighbor
Posted: Date Posted – 12:40 AM, Tue – Jun 21, 22
Despite mounting international condemnation, Pakistan refuses to make amends on terrorism financing and cross-border mishaps. As an instrument of state policy, terrorism is so entrenched that the Deep State has no way out of the trap it has created for itself. It’s no wonder that the global counter-terrorism watchdog — the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — still doesn’t want to remove Pakistan from its “grey list”. Instead, the Paris-based multilateral body said it would carry out an on-site visit to verify whether the country’s measures to combat terrorist financing and money laundering are “sustainable and irreversible”. . The announcement came after a four-day plenary meeting in Berlin, with FATF Chairman Marcus Pleyer saying Pakistan had broadly addressed the 34 action points of two action plans given to the country to crack down on the financing of terrorist groups and money laundering, but the decision on de-listing will only be made after the on-site visit in October. This confirms India’s suspicions that the hostile neighbor has only made cosmetic changes to its policy to impress the international community, but there is no improvement on the ground. Pakistan’s detention of suspects and pursuit of commanders of UN-designated terrorist groups have been an eyewash. So far, it has not taken action against the financing of terrorism by terrorists living on its soil. Islamabad has been on the FATF gray list since 2018. This gray list has negatively impacted its imports, exports, remittances and limited access to international loans.
Pakistan’s economy is in such a dire state that it depends on international aid for its survival. He must realize the grave consequences of exporting terror at the behest of military bosses. An independent think tank in Pakistan estimated that it has cost the economy $38 billion since the country was greylisted, which could have scared off investors and creditors. Despite the financial repercussions, the relentless drone drops in J&K and Punjab, infiltration attempts and targeted assassinations are proof that the state policy of hurting India remains robust. Double standards and inconsistencies in global support for the war on terror mean that India must redouble its efforts to secure its borders and fight the protracted battle largely on its own strength – a fact made clearer as China has blocked a joint proposal by India and the United States to designate Pakistan-based senior LeT activist Abdul Rehman Makki as a global terrorist under the UN sanctions committee. His involvement in fundraising, recruiting and radicalizing young people for the attacks in India is undisputed. Yet he is off limits. Pakistan must be clear on the issue and accomplish all the tasks mentioned in the FATF action plan in its own interest. It has so far avoided being blacklisted with help from China, Turkey and Malaysia.