Pulwama terror attack
Investigations by the National Security Guard and forensic teams of other govt agencies are underway and several specialised teams have visited the blast area.
A preliminary finding suggests that high-grade RDX was used in Lethpora in Pulwama terror attack which was ‘very well planned’. The spot of the terrorist attack was carefully chosen and more than 150-kilogram RDX explosives were used in carrying out the attack.
The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has reviewed the safety situation of the country in the NSA and IB chief meeting.
Cricket Club of India has covered the portrait of Pak PM Imran Khan.
India has decided to up the ante on day-two by continuing its diplomatic offensive. Foreign secretary and other secretaries met a number of resident envoys, including ASEAN ambassadors, those from the Gulf Cooperation Council, Central Asia, Africa and envoys from non-permanent members of the UNSC, among others. The Indian diplomatic officials have highlighted the role of Pakistan in using terrorism as an instrument of its state policy. They have engaged the envoys to garner support against Pakistan. They have told the envoys to call out the perpetrators and their supporters.
So far 58 nations have condemned the Pulwama terror attack. The USA has named Pakistan. The US administration has named Pakistan more than thrice. In a White House statement, secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, have called Pakistan to dismantle the terror infrastructure that exists in their country.
Jaish-e-Mohammad head Masood Azhar, the brain behind such terror attacks, gets the same military protection in Pakistan’s Punjab province as Osama bin Laden used to get. The al Qaeda leader was eventually killed by US Special Forces on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad. Even as the entire world has condemned Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups, Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry has refuted such allegations.
In a media interaction, Chaudhry said it was wrong to put the blame on Pakistan for everything and that normalisation process with India was their top most priority.
The Indian government has also started the siege of terrorist funding from Pakistan. For this, the government will hand over a dossier to FATF, proving the culpability of Pakistan in the Pulwama terror attack, in which the neighboring country has to expose the terrorist relations and declare it a black list. Pakistan will be asked to blacklist it.
Iran and North Korea are already included in the FATF Black List. In order to include Pakistan in the blacklist, India is preparing to pressurize other countries in the full assembly and Working Group meeting of FATF to be held in Paris next week. Explain that the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), based in Paris, is a conscious organization monitoring the funding of terrorists internationally.
According to an officer posted at the top post of an Indian security agency, security agencies are preparing a dossier to FATF, in which the Pakistan-based terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed, in the Pulwama terror attack, The evidence is included. Dossier will also have details of terrorist incidents committed before Jism’s side. At the same time, there will be information that how many Pakistani agencies are helping Jaish along with ISI.
What happens when blacklisted
When blacklisted by FATF, Pakistan will be declared ‘non-cooperative’ in the global battle against money laundering and terrorist funding. Together, global organizations that provide financial assistance like IMF, World Bank, ADB, EU will have to reduce the status of Pakistan and agencies like Moody, SP and Fitch will also reduce their rating, so that they are already completely ruined by the crisis in the economy. The danger will arise.
India has extended customs duty by over 200 percent on all commodities imported from Pakistan.
Pakistan already in grey-list
Under the pressure of India, FATF had added Pakistan to its Grey List in July last year, after which its economy was badly damaged. The United States had also stopped financial assistance. FATF currently includes two regional organizations from many countries, European Union and Gulf Cooperation Council and 35 other major countries.