Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane has said that Pakistan still remains a refuge for terrorists. The army chief said that there could be 15 to 20 terrorist camps in Pakistan’s illegally occupied Kashmir (PoK).
Not only this, there can be between 250 and 350 terrorists inside these terror camps. Gen Naravane that this was just an assessment. The number of terrorists could be even more.
Gen Naravane said, “If the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) puts a lot of pressure on them, they may have to consider their rhetoric and terrorist activities.”
The general said, “FATF may also be a major reason for the decrease in terrorist activities in the (Kashmir) valley in the past.”
On the possibility of FATF putting Pakistan in the grey list, the army chief said, “China realises that it cannot support its most special friend every now and then.”
Army chief Naravane said, “We have all the inputs about the terrorist acts of Pakistan. But we want to say that we are able to thwart Pakistani BAT (Border Action Team) action.”
Due to Pakistan’s terror sponsorship, the FATF first considered putting Pakistan in the blacklist but later gave it a chance for some time. It may now remain in the grey list for about three years more.
Malaysia and Turkey are the only two countries that are opposed to keeping Pakistan in the grey list. But it is believed that despite this, Pakistan will stay in that slot, as its allies cannot garner 12 out of 39 votes to extricate it from the dubious distinction.
If Pakistan is put in the blacklist, an already grave financial crisis of that country would aggravate, turning it broke.
To save itself from near bankruptcy, Pakistan has not only made a court sentence Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed but also hidden Jaish-e-Mohammed head Maulana Masood Azhar in a bomb shelter in Bahawalpur. Intelligence sources say 27 terrorists are training under him, four of which are from PoK.