Pak Still Supporting J&K Terror: US
30 April 2003
The Times of India
Washington DC: Extremist violence in Jammu and Kashmir is 'fuelled by infiltration from Pakistan,' and threatened to become a flashpoint for a wider India-Pakistan conflict during most of last year, US State Department said on Wednesday. In its annual report on global terrorism the Department lists various organisations involved in the terrorism in Kashmir and points out that some are based in Pakistan and some in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The report also said that the membership of each one of these organisations is in the thousands or hundreds. The State Department notes that some of the jehadis have been recruited from madrassas. The terrorism report brings out Pakistan's dual and contradictory roles - one as an ally of the United States in the 'global fight' against terrorism and the other as host to thouands of terrorists let loose in Kashmir. 'In 2002, South Asia remained a central battleground in the global war on terrorism... Pakistan remained a key ally in the anti-terrorism effort, offering support to US operations in Afghanistan, implementing close law-enforcement coopertion, and cracking down on domestic extremists. Extremist violence in Kashmir, meanwhile, fueled by infiltration from Pakistan across the Line of Control, threatened to become a flashpoint for a wider India-Pakistan conflict during most of the year,' the report notes.