Fear of Getting Blacklisted Makes Pak Shut down 20 Terror Camps

Over 20 terror camps have been shut down inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir because of the fear of being blacklisted.

Published20 Jul 2019, 07:16 AM IST
World
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Over 20 terror camps have been shut down inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) this year, because of the fear of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), reported The Indian Express.

Reports suggest that Pakistan has sent militants from these terror camps to Kashmir.

Sources say, a case for blacklisting Pakistan over money-laundering and terror funding will be taken up by the FATF in Paris in October, said the media report.

Proof of Pakistan’s change in attitude towards terror camps is the fact that there has been a sharp decline in the number of ceasefire violations, following the Balakot air strike by the Indian Air Force.

These developments are happening while Prime Minister Imran Khan is on his way for a high-level visit in the United States (US).

“We have been able to shift the focus from ML (money laundering) to TF (terror funding) in Pakistan’s case in the FATF and we have all seen the results. Pakistan may or may not be blacklisted at Paris but a serious danger of being blacklisted, along with the economic consequences of continued grey-listing, has forced Rawalpindi’s hand,” sources told The Indian Express.

Official documents reviewed by The Indian Express, suggest Pakistan might not have a “permanent change of heart”. An official note shows “inputs regarding presence of terrorists in launch pads indicate Pakistan’s design to attempt infiltration/ trans-LoC operations”.

Prime Minister Imran Khan during his three-day visit is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump on 22 July. This visit is expected to focus on strengthening ties between the United States and Pakistan to bring peace and stability to a conflicted region, and trying to gain financial and military assistance.

(With inputs from The Indian Express)

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