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Who is fuelling insurgency in Kashmir?

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Pakistani navy soldiers attend a ceremony at the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah to mark the country's Independence Day in southern Pakistani port city of Karachi on Aug. 14, 2018. Pakistan got independence from the British colonial rule on Aug. 14, 1947 after a heroic struggle under the leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. (Xinhua/Masroor) (qxy)

Pak Generals are creating terror groups in Pakistan to convert Kashmir into a battlefield—several terrorist groups were funded, armed and trained before being pushed into Kashmir under the cover of firing from Pakistani Army stationed on the Line of Control. These were Punjabi groups, battle-hardened in the Afghan Jihad and their presence and activities created a widespread fear psychosis among the people of Kashmir which fanned violence and sense of alienation….writes Tahir Ershad Hussain

Pulwama: Security personnel takes away a victim of suicide bomb blast in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, on Feb 14, 2019. Ten Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed and 15 others injured in an audacious suicide attack by militants on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting a CRPF bus in Lethpora area, about 30 km from here, around 3.15 p.m.(Photo: IANS) by .
Security personnel takes away a victim of suicide bomb blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, on Feb 14, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

Kashmir, once a peaceful enclave of forests, streams and high snow mountains, home to a syncretic culture of Sufism, is today a valley rift with violence and bloodshed because of Pakistan. Not content with the territory it got from the carved out sub-continent, Pakistan has been doing everything possible since 1947 to capture this beautiful Indian state. In this frenzy, it has held hostage not only Kashmiris but people of the sub-continent and beyond.

The key drivers of this Pakistani perfidy has been its army and the Generals who have exploited imaginary hurts perpetuated by falsehoods about Kashmir. A few months after the independence, the army, instead of focusing on consolidating the new country, decided to put together a ragtag of an army with tribesmen drawn from the tribal areas to launch an audacious attack on Kashmir. This violent brigands plundered, raped and ran through peaceful communities in the area till they were stopped in their tracks by the brave Indian forces. The terrorists were pushed back as quickly and so were the plans of the Generals. This was the first defeat tasted by the Generals and for years they chose to stay away from Kashmir.

It was in the late 80s when the Generals emboldened by their role in supporting the West-led military campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan, took courage to turn to Kashmir. They first attempted to recruit local Kashmiris; the plan died an early death with the Kashmiris finding it quickly enough that Pakistani had no love lost for them; the Generals wanted the property and had no intention to give anything in return to the people of Kashmir. The Generals then set up terrorist training camps across the border, in the illegally occupied territory of Kashmir and lured the youth in the valley through all kinds of chicanery, including religious blackmail.

In the early 90s, these brainwashed youth returned to the valley to launch a violent agitation which helped Pakistan, at least for a short while, to spread falsehood about Kashmir and people’s aspirations. But with the Indian government and its security forces making a determined effort to scuttle these nefarious designs, the Pakistani Generals brought in mercenaries from the Afghan Jihad to rev up violence.

With this effort too failing to make any great impact, the Generals set up creating new terrorist groups in Pakistan to convert Kashmir into a battlefield—several terrorist groups were funded, armed and trained before being pushed into Kashmir under the cover of firing from Pakistani Army stationed on the Line of Control. These were Punjabi groups, battle-hardened in the Afghan Jihad and their presence and activities created a widespread fear psychosis among the people of Kashmir which fanned violence and sense of alienation.

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

The Pakistanis spared no effort in creating this situation in Kashmir. Besides pushing in terrorists into the valley, they spread falsehoods about the Kashmir situation in the international forums. It was a consistent and vociferous campaign, generously funded with the drug money, which showed Pakistan as a victim of terrorism and not its perpetrator. The Pakistan Army manipulated the domestic as well as international media, funded fake NGOs in London, Washington and other world capitals to spread canard about India at various international forums.

While pretending to campaign for the rights and welfare of Kashmiri people, Pakistan was busy sending armed and trained terrorists into the valley to kill innocent people and strike fear among the community. It was also hell-bent on making life miserable for the people of the occupied territory of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. It kept alive the deception of being a saviour in the international community while Kashmir was pilloried and burnt by its band of terrorists.

Minus Pakistan, there would be no violence in Kashmir. Minus Pakistan, neither Kashmir nor the world would have heard of LeT or JeM or other terrorist groups spawned and sponsored exclusively to transform Kashmir into a valley of death.