On Sunday, four terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) were destroyed in artillery firing by India after yet another ceasefire violation by the neighbour. India this time made Pakistan realize that yes we don’t need any one’s permission to decimate terrorist training camps in PoK which are providing fodder to keep terrorism going on in Kashmir. This time Pakistan denied any action by Indian forces but in a very feeble tone unlike Balakote one. Relentless pressure is needed to choke the flow of foreign aid so as to financially cripple the rogue state. Greater monitoring at the international level can thrust Pakistan into a cul-de-sac, cutting off all escape routes. The unmistakable presence of terror infrastructure has exposed Pakistan’s insincerity about tackling the menace emanating from its soil. The same day, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi upped the rhetorical ante, declaring his government’s commitment to achieving all FATF targets in time to get the country off the grey list, even as he accused India of trying to blacklist it. It’s an open secret that unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army are aimed at assisting infiltration by terrorists into Indian territory. The Indian Army has been on high alert along the Line of Control ever since the Modi government announced the abrogation of Article 370 that had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan’s failure to win over the international community on the Kashmir issue in recent months made it desperate for another misadventure, but the prospect of being downgraded by the FATF hung over it like a sword of Damocles, forcing it to hold back the infiltrators till the coast was clear. Despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquility, Pakistan forces have been carrying out unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and International Border. Pakistan was also asked to abide by its bilateral commitment not to allow any territory under its control to be used for supporting terrorism against India in any manner. The moot question is whether the elected civilian government under Imran Khan can really change the policy even if he is sincere. It is well known that the Pak Army determines the India and Afghanistan policy.
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