The Balakot camp in Pakistan, air stricken by the Indian Army last year, is active again and training 27 terrorists to launch an attack on India. The news, as per a report by Hindustan Times, was confirmed by intelligence and counterterror operatives.
India, last year had targeted the Balakot camp, killing as many as 300 terrorists, as a retaliation for the suicide bombing in Pulwama by a Jaish terrorist.
The report further adds that out of 27 terrorists, eight are from Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Two instructors from Punjab, Pakistan and three from Afghanistan have been tasked to train the terrorists.
The news comes days after 40 JeM functionaries including Abdul Rauf were arrested showing Pakistan little adherence to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) strict orders to take measures to curb terrorist activities in the region. Financial Action Task Force is an international body formed to combat money laundering and terror financing.
Pakistan is currently in FATF’s Gray List and would soon be pushed into the Black List if it doesn’t take measures to curb terrorism growing in its land. Being blacklisted by FATF would have threating consequences on Pakistan’s economy.
Being Blacklisted would mean that no country would make investments in Pakistan, plunging its FDI and thus the economy.
According to the reports, the motive of the planned attack is to retaliate to India’s action to subrogate Article 370 and dividing Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories.
Also, the aim is to boost public confidence in the political and military leadership, counter the Indian narrative on both Balakot and Kashmir, and present India internationally as a threat to global peace and security.