Hub of Global Terrorism

Terrorism is a curse, gruesome and inhumane. It is also a fact that the moment the heat of terrorism was felt by the USA it immediately swung into action and tried to firefight terrorism on a war footing. The USA dislodged the Taliban in Afghanistan and hunted for years for OBL in the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan. Ultimately number one declared enemy of the USA was found nowhere else but in its acclaimed ally in the fight against terrorism, in Pakistan just adjacent to the military cantonment area of Abbottabad. Special UN Security Council 1267 ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee was formed and from time to time terrorists get added to its designated terrorists’ list by unanimous decision of the 15-member committee, only permanent members of the UN Security Council have the veto power. 150 plus designated terrorists are somehow associated with Pakistan and the list includes Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) leader and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, a top commander of the LeT and key conspirator of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, founder of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group Masood Azhar and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. The latest addition is LeT leader Abdul Rehman Makki, brother-in-law of Hafiz Saeed. The list of all these designated terrorists points to only one thing, Pakistan is the hub of Global Terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism is its official policy. All propagators of major terrorist attacks in India, Parliament attack, Mumbai attack, Pathankote Airbase attack, Uri attack or Pulwama attack, are roaming free in Pakistan while the victims are still waiting for justice. Dossier after dossier from India had no effect as Pakistan shamelessly brazened out all pieces of evidence with one line, not enough evidences-provide more. After trying its best by repeatedly offering an olive branch of friendship to Pakistan while getting deceit and waves of terrorists attack in return, the present GoI took the decisive historic decision, ‘Talks and terrorism cannot go together’. From that day onwards Indian strategy has taken a U-turn, whenever provoked Pakistan got the befitting reply instantly, the Uri attack was followed up by Surgical Strikes and the Pulwama attack retaliation in the shape of the Balakot operation.
Simultaneously Indian foreign policy started yielding magical results, the USA came quite close to India in the fight against terrorism and numerous Pakistan-based terrorists and terrorist organisations are on the designated terrorists list now. In addition to these, for the last four years, Pakistan was in the Grey List of FATF(Financial Action Task Force), the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog. India has repeatedly resented the role of powers to be in the global fight against terrorism and advised them not to be selective in their fight against terrorism. The latest entry of Makki in the designated terrorist list carries much significance as China despite stand-offs with India in the recent past has agreed to remove put on hold stance in UN Security Council after seven months. This stance of China to safeguard Pakistan’s interests in the UN and give blanket immunity to Pakistan-based terrorists has been a major thaw in Indo-China relationships for quite some time. India’s stiff stand and seventeen rounds of talks with China have produced a sweet result. Makki as a designated terrorist will face assets freezing, a travel ban and an arms embargo. India’s other stand ‘no money for terror’ has also been a hit with excellent results. All financial lines are choked, and leaders of terrorist organisations are behind bars. The time has come to name, shame and isolate the nations that are actively harbouring and supporting terrorism. In a nutshell, lessons are clear, there is no scope for terrorism in the whole world, and sooner or later you have to face the music of law. Either you change your deceptive course to support terrorism or be ready to face the music on all international forums.