New ISI Chief: Pak Won't Give Up Terrorism In Kashmir

New ISI Chief: Pak Won't Give Up Terrorism In Kashmir

11 March 2012
The Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi

Jammu: Nothing is going to change in Jammu and Kashmir or rest of India, with the change of guard in Pakistan's spy agency Inter Services Intelligence - Islamabad, as it would continue its policy of ramping up terrorism here. Lt Gen Zaheer-ul Islam has just replaced Lt Gen Ahmad Shah Pasha as the new chief of ISI, the driving force behind the rampant terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. 'The individuals have changed, not the policy, even doves become hawks,' said a senior intelligence official who had been monitoring ISI's activities in India. So far the ISI trained terrorists have killed more than 50,000 people in the J&K alone, besides playing a hand in some of the most horrific attacks in other parts of the country through terrorist outfits such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba. 'It is very simple in Pakistan, those in power (civilian government) go by the dictates of the army chief and ISI,' said Ashok Bhan, former director general of police and intelligence chief of the state. 'I don't think that anything will change in Islamabad because of the change of leadership in ISI,' Bhan told Hindustan Times. Jammu and Kashmir, where peace dawned after more than two decades in 2011, is striving hard to maintain peace. 'If this peace is disrupted, Pakistan, its army and ISI will play a major role in it,' a serving officer in a central intelligence agency wishing to keep anonymity. Lt Gen Islam who was the deputy of the ISI chief between 2008 and 2010 when India was attacked in a fashion similar to that of 9-11 on 26-11 by terrorists, is being appointed as the new chief on the retirement day of Gen Shuja which is on March 18. Clearing all doubts about its intentions, the official spokesman of Pakistan's foreign ministry Abdul Basit on Friday said, 'The Kashmir dispute is not on the back burner.' This assertion coincided with the announcement of the new ISI chief. 'The J&K dispute is about the people of Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination. Therefore, there is no question of freezing this issue or putting it on the backburner,' Pakistan foreign office spokesman said on Friday.