The international financial watchdog has given Pakistan a grace period. It might be its last chance to prove its seriousness to implement FATF recommendations. It has to uplift its efforts to get clean of the terror financing charges against it. In other case, it would have to face some severe consequences. The previous efforts by Pakistan show its willingness and eagerness to escape the list. One should hope for the best. It has three months to accelerate its efforts. Hence, the actual test starts now.
The recent development in making Gilgit-Baltistan a province is a faint ray of hope for the 2 million population of Gilgit Baltistan. It has been the misfortune of Gilgit-Baltistan that the educated young generation here is still unable to think of the homeland. If the nation’s youth are deprived of the ability to think, and the purpose of education is only part of the employment. It is useless to pin hopes on the future of this nation. But even today, there is no shortage of people in this nation who have pain for the region who can play a savior role in the region’s future deprivations.
The Indian attack on Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, October 27, 1947, was the most horrific event in the history of Indian colonialism, which has left the region in a state of perpetual instability and violence. On this day in 1947, the leaders of so-called secular India rushed their troops to Srinagar at night, trampling under their hats the fundamental political and democratic rights of the Kashmiri people for which the Indigenous people themselves fought together, over the years, against the British rule.
India has been working hard to blacklist Pakistan in Financial Action Task Force, an international watchdog working against international money laundering and terror financing lately. However, turning a blind eye entirely in the involvement of 44 Indian banks and financial institutions in the terror financing activities and money laundering revealed by the Buzzfeed news report. Due to the cordiality of relations with the US, it was also ignored by the international community, being used as a balancer against China in the region. Indian officials have repeatedly accepted the fact that they finance terrorism to counter (alleged) terrorism.
However, since the past two decades, with the advent of a rising China and the increasingly securitized world, the political discourse in Japan with regards to its role in this new world has been increasingly contested, at times by highly opposite perspectives, on the nature of security and defence of modern Japan. Two recent strategic challenges underpin this highly contestable debate within Japan: China’s rise and the wavering of the American commitment to protect Japan from external belligerence in Trump’s era.
The decades-long rocky and thorny relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has finally started to burn down to ashes as Pakistan hosts the Afghan-Taliban peace talks in Qatar. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan have shown strong aspirations for a fresh episode of bilateral relationships between them, which will be directed towards a prosperous future for both with no indications of the perturbed past.
The press conference conducted by the federal minister of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Ali Amin Gandapur, announced elections for the Gilgit Baltistan assembly on November 15, 2020. And at the same time, the federal minister circulated the news of granting provisional provincial autonomy to Gilgit Baltistan, which Prime Minister Imran Khan would officially announce soon. This news has brought in sharp reactions from the neighbor India.
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It is a fact that Gilgit-Baltistan has become increasingly important since the launch of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC), and the eyes of the world are now on Gilgit-Baltistan. The region is also involved in the Great Game between the world’s great powers. It is noteworthy that the decision to form the government has signaled a new interim province. However, how it will happen, no details have been revealed.
This year’s annual session of the United States Generally Assembly may be the most important one since its inception. The state nations have never been more collected towards a global cause as they are now due to the Pandemic. The international events that unfolded after the outbreak of the virus put the entire global order in perspective.