Kashmir and India are two subjects that no doubt occupy considerable space in the Pakistani playbook of security challenges. But what are currently raising eyebrows are two latest additions to Pakistan’s list of designated enemies.
These new threats are the International Monetary Fund and the Financial Action Task Force. Both find mention in Pakistan’s Green Book 2020, which is considered its army’s guiding manual.
Page 33 of the Green Book designates the two international organisations as external enemies of Pakistan. The book says that both are made up of “hostile states with strong political clout” that are putting pressure on Pakistan.
The book further blames them for making Pakistan’s “local environment non-conducive for international investment.”
The Pakistan army’s green book calls the two organisations direct threats to its national security.
The FATF has, of course, earned Pakistan’s ire for putting Islamabad on its grey list on the issue of terror funding even as it has warned that it could get into the black list if the terror funding wasn’t stopped fully.
The IMF, on the other hand, has been talking tough on giving fresh loans to Pakistan which is almost hurtling towards bankruptcy.
Not surprisingly, the Green Book calls India both a direct and indirect threat to its security.
It says the “Indian threat intensified after August 5, 2019,” after the abrogation of Article 370 that used to give Jammu and Kashmir a special status.
“Year 2019 witnessed two significant events which have a lasting imprint on the geopolitics of this region: first, the unwarranted Balakot Strike by Indian Air Force on 26th February and second, the unilateral annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir by Modi on 5th August, through abrogation of Article 370 and 35A,” writes Pakistan’s Chief of Army staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa, a patron in chief of the biennial publication.
Singing the tired tune of Kashmir being a nuclear flashpoint between the two countries, this year’s Green Book seems to be a statement in frustration. Everyone including the USA, Afghanistan, the media and other international organizations are described as hostile.
The only nation the book manages to find praiseworthy is China. According to the Green Book, “Beijing has plans to expand BRI to 70 countries and CPEC remains a critical part of Chinese enterprise.”