Pakistan Restarts Backing Terrorists In Kashmir

Pakistan Restarts Backing Terrorists In Kashmir

13 October 2010
DNA
Amir Mir

Islamabad: For a while after the 26-11Mumbai strikes, Pakistan had stopped promoting terrorism in Kashmir. Now, it seems to have started doing that again. These new efforts are directed against Indian security forces and have the backing of the Pakistani military establishment, diplomatic circles in Islamabad said. Jehadi groups Lashkar-e-Taiba-Jamaat-ud-Daawa led by Hafiz Saeed, and Al-Badr led by Bakht Zameen Khan are being supported by the Pakistani establishment. These groups have dispatched trained, armed jehadis to ‘azad Kashmir’, sources say. This marks the second Kashmiri intifada (resistance). The first began in 1989 and resulted in a decade of worst violence South Asia has seen. On several occasions, it brought India and Pakistan on the verge of war, fighting briefly broke out at Kargil in 1999. Apart from the Lashkar-e-Taiba-Jamaat-ud-Dawa, some al-Qaeda linked jehadi groups operating from Pakistani soil have also started carrying out terrorist operations on Indian soil. The explosion at Pune’s German Bakery on February 13, 2010, that killed 17 people was one such attack. Al-Qaeda leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed responsibility and said in a video message that the attack had been the work of Ilyas Kashmiri’s 313 brigade. The brigade runs al-Qaeda’s India operations. Diplomatic circles say al-Qaeda sees the unrest in Kashmir as an opportunity to appropriate the Kashmiri insurgency from its Pakistani handlers.


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