A March for a Cause
the latest events happening in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, a silent protest march was organized by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Sunday where thousands of JKLF marchers headed towards LoC to protest against abrogation of article 370. The marchers
who had gathered in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir planned to cross the LoC to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir, an event unlikely to happen. The JKLF demands an independent Kashmir, free from both India and Pakistan.
Holding aloft flags of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and the JKLF, placards and portraits of their leaders, the marchers kept on chanting slogans like
“hum lay kay rahengay azadi (we will get freedom by all means)”.
While the protesters have not been making any unwarranted
demands nor have there been any incidents of violence, it is hard to say who the mastermind or the funding agency behind these protests? The protests so far seem very neutral and while there were no signs of any fuelling from Pakistan, it cannot be ruled out
completely that this whole thing might be Pakistan’s brain child.
Pakistan has been trying to internationalize the Kashmir issue
but India has asserted that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”. New Delhi has also asked Islamabad to accept the reality and stop its anti-India rhetoric. But Pakistan has not been able to stop begging for attention in any
and every international forum that it could. After a global humiliation at the United Nations General Assembly last month where Pakistan failed to get any audience , it cannot be said what Pakistan’s next plan of action would be.
Pakistan’s Risk of being Blacklisted
The FATF formally placed Pakistan on the grey list due to strategic deficiencies in its money laundering and terrorism financing regime. Pakistan has been in the watchdog’s grey
list since June 2018 for its alleged failure to adequately crackdown on terror financing and money laundering in the country. Last year was not the first time that Pakistan was placed in the FATF’s gray list .The country was on the list from
2012 to 2015 as well. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) regional body — Asia Pacific Group (APG) —recently examined Pakistan’s performance on key issues related to terror financing and money laundering at a two-day preliminary meeting
in Bangkok, and the results can put Pakistan in great jeopardy.