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The Asian Venture – Visit of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) is on his Asian tour starting with Islamabad. Saudi Arabia has been a major benefactor of Pakistan and once again being driven by Pakistan PM Imran Khan he even declared himself to be the Ambassador of Pakistan in his own country and acceded to Imran’s request to release 3000 Pakistanis from the Saudi jails - an instant gratification apart from giving them several bail out packages despite the Pulwana massacre of Indian CRPF soldiers in which the Pakistan based terrorist Masood Azhar’s Jaesh-e-Mohammed (JeM) has been involved.
India's Response to the Pulwama Bombing
The 14 February Pulwama suicide bombing resulting in the death of about 40 CRPF personnel is the latest in an incessant series of horrific Pakistan terror attacks on India starting with its 1947 action in Kashmir and inter alia including Operation Gibraltar, the insurgencies inspired by it in the North East, Punjab and later Kashmir, the 1993 Mumbai blasts, the 2001 Parliament attack, 26/11, and the 2016 attacks on the Pathankot airbase and Uri army camp.
FATF and Pakistan
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), set up in 1989 following a G-7 resolution, provides the international standards for anti-money laundering and combatting terrorist financing (AML/CFT). An Inter-governmental organisation with 38 members and two observers, the FATF is a policy making body which sets “standards and promotes effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system”.1
Wither Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces - Treaty without an Alternative
On October 20, 2018, US president Donald Trump had declared his administration`s intention to withdraw from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) which was signed on February 2, 1987 by one of his predecessors, Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart, Mikhail Gorbachov. US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo has recently confirmed his president`s decision. The INF prohibits testing and deployment of ground-base ballistic missiles and ground-launched cruise missiles in the 500 – 5500 km range and shorter range missiles in 500 -1000 km range category.
Moscow Talks: Divided We Fall
In an unprecedented move, the Taliban delegation held two-day talks with the Afghan politicians in a Kremlin-owned President Hotel in Moscow to discuss the future of Afghanistan. However, in a rather typical manner, the Afghan Government was once again snubbed out from the peace talks. Taliban refuses to hold any negotiations with the democratically elected Ghani government in Kabul which it considers as the puppet of the US, and thereby illegitimate.
Pulwama Terror Attack: India’s Options
Following the horrific terrorist attack on 14 February 2019 in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, carried out by Jaish-e- Mohammed (JeM), India went into a state of shock and mourning. The entire country was united in support of the 44 martyrs of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and their families. Equally, there is a resolve to punish the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
Pulwama Terror Strike
The 14th February Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror strike on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama that led to the death of 40 personnel was the most lethal strike against the security forces since terrorism began in Kashmir. The timing of the attack and its nature are significant.
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