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Where are the Kashmiri militants?
By Ali K Chishti
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In 2011, the number of terrorism-related incidents fell drastically to 189, from 488 the previous year. Several Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) districts have been declared completely free of militant control, including Kargil, Leh, Doda, Reasi, Jammu, Kathua and Samba.In a number of other districts -- Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Shopian and Ganderbal -- militancy rates have plummeted to single digits, according to J&K Home and Tourism Minister, Nasir Aslam Wani. One of the main reasons as to why violence has reduced in Kashmir and India in general is that all of the hardcore militant groups had turned on their masters.

The question remains, where have the Kashmiri militants gone too? The easiest answer is that they turned against Pakistan and are now called, the “Punjabi Talibans” who are on a killing rampage all over Pakistan with the Pakistani version of Taliban, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Today, Pakistan faces one of the deadliest decades in its history with over 40,000 Pakistani civilian and military men killed by al-Queda and its affiliates, the TTP, the Punjabi Talibans and sectarian outfits after 9/11 alone. We fell prey to the temptation of nurturing militancy in the name of Islam and thought this to be an easy option as a means of promoting our strategic goals in the region, particularly in Afghanistan and India. Most Pakistanis called it ‘Jihad’ and paid the Jehadis after every Friday prayers at hundreds and thousands of mosques all over Pakistan… obviously the intention was to mobilise and motivate our great, “martial” Pakistani Army and irregular armed forces (Mujahideens) of all kinds in the name of Islam.

Pakistan first employed this so called, ‘Islamic Strategy’ against the Soviets forces in Afghanistan from 1979 onwards. By labeling it as an Islamic cause, Pakistan managed to receive financial support from Saudi Arabia and various other Muslim countries. Pakistan’s ‘Islamic Strategy’ got support form the US and China merely because it was directed against the Soviet Union, and they are now reaping its bitter consequences as they are now finding it difficult to contain this Frankenstein’s monster which has probably now turned into a Godzilla. The involvement of “our” ISI and the participation of Jamaat-i-Islami workers and activists of its student wing, the Islamai Jamaat-e-Taliba in the Afghan Jihad, is no secret. For Pakistan, the Afghan Jihad served well and after the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from Afghanistan, it started applying the Jihad strategy against India. Pakistanis called it, “Intafada” (grand uprising) forgetting that Kashmiris ditched us in 1965 (refer to Ayub Dairies).

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Then we believed that the Taliban, our brainchild, who once controlled Afghanistan will be "obedient” and would give our army strategic depth vis-à-vis India. The Taliban’s who’s who began as reformers, following an “imported sect” (Wahabism) and those who imposed a holy war against infidels sent out mercenaries from Afghanistan to kill our people (Pakistanis) who disagreed with there version of Islam – causing more than 6,000 sectarian killings in Pakistan between 1996 and 2001 alone. Jihad however, does not sanction the killing of fellow Muslims on the basis of ethnicity or sect. Yet the Taliban used it for just that. Statistically, more than 80,000 Pakistani militants, mostly from South Punjab, whom we originally nurtured as a proxy against India, had fought with the Taliban since their emergence in 1994, which provides for a ‘huge militant’ fundamentalist base for a Talibanesque Islamic revolution in Pakistan. The Taliban have thus established close ties not only with the military but with many sections of the Pakistani society. The result? From the attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket Team to the attack on the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) to the recent massacre of the Ahmediya community to the killing of Shias everyday, we have a 26/11 everyday, in Pakistan.

Did we not create and nurture the Taliban and the al-Queda for transnational terrorism to achieve predominance in the Islamic world? Our establishment apparently felt that by facilitating the various partners in the Taliban-Al-Qiada, it can obtain their help in pursing its own foreign policy objectives. The most commonly stated rationale for this belief given by people like Hamid Gul and Aslam Baig was that our collective effort succeeded in defeating the Soviet Union forgetting the role of the Allied Forces and the Afghanis completely. Nawaz Sharif the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) shouldn’t forget that the Lashkar-e-Jhanvi a Sunni sectarian group attempted to assassinate him in 1999 too? Besides, our government has encouraged the establishment of such a large number of Islamic militant organisations and groups (such as the Taliban, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Lakhkar-e-Taiba, the Hizb-ul-Mujhadhideen, the Hizb-e-Wahadat, the Supah-e-Sahaba, the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Sipah-e-Mohammad and the Jaish-e-Mohammad) in the last two decades. The growth of such organisations continued unchecked even during the post-Zia democratic movements and the enlightened moderation guy, former President Pervez Musharraf didn’t do much either. In fact, he played a "bluff."

Unfortunately, Pakistan and no-one else will have to take the blame for the backlash of its Afghan and India policy in terms of increased militancy and terrorism at home. The decade-long involvement and investment by our agencies in Afghanistan and India had backfired, and the experience gained by militants in the use of explosives and light and heavy weapons are now being applied against our own people. One classical example of how good Jehadi-turned-bad is that of Sheikh Omar who beheaded foreigners in Kashmir and was rescued along with Masood Azhar after elements of the Pakistani establishment during Musharraf’s tenure hijacked, Indian Airline 814. Sheikh Omar returned to Pakistan after 9/11 and allied himself with al-Queda’s Khaled Sheikh Muhammad, the 9/11 Mastermind who resided in Karachi in 2002 and helped him hijack and later behead Wall Street journalist, Daniel Pearl ruining Pakistan’s image for-ever. Besides, thousands of volunteers affiliated with the militant religious organisations trained in guerilla warfare in Afghanistan and in training camps in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistani-administered Kashmir continue to report at the military camps in the Taliban controlled Federally Administered Tribal Areas of the country every month.

The sad part is that the Islamic parties and militants outfits have given rise to what may be called a Jehadi culture with Jehadi movements and Jehadi strategies which are deployed inside and outside the country by vested interests. The consequences, in terms of instability, disruption, disaffection, conflict and contradiction, within Pakistan and outside is there for every one of us to see. Our leadership irrespective of its personal values, attitudes and lifestyles has chosen to ride the Islamic tiger for electoral gains and is now finding it difficult to dismount it. In the wake of their successes, the militant Islamic parties have started pressurising our government on domestic and foreign policy. And while there seems to a change of heart from GHQ, (probably because it’s too busy fighting its babies) al-Queda along with its ex-partner is another strategic player in the region which orchestrates incidents like 26/11 in Mumbai to kill peace between India and Pakistan. Where’s the Lashkar-e-Taiba and what is it thinking?

Next in the five parts of the series – Where’s Lashkar-e-Taiba and what are they thinking?

Ali K Chishti is a Karachi-based journalist who tweets with the handle @akchishti
 

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they were laughing and proud of 10 guys of 26/11 , they were so proud of holding indian security forces for 3 days!! as we speak same guys are planning for next attack .. after mehran, kamra.. sarghodha??
 

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absolute nonsense...there are no Kashmiri groups fighting the Pakistani State.

sectarian groups linking up with TTP? Yes it's happening. Kashmiri groups? Never. Kashmiris are with us through thick and through thin, and vice-versa.
 

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^^Ilyas Kashmiri ahem ahem...

no need to ahem ahem...

spent majority of his "career" devoted towards the anti-soviet cause; much less of his years were actually devoted towards the Kashmiri nationalist cause.


but in fairness to you - you do have a point. That's one bad apple. He's already met his Creator, so it's kinda moot point anyways to discuss him, don't you think?
 

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I think the author is trying to point out the following:

Pakistans export of terrorism into India in order to for Pakistan to occupy Kashmir has failed, miserably.

Terrorists who were trained and armed by Pakistan feel betrayed and are now trying to topple the government of Pakistan.

I cant verify this, as I have no plans to go to Pakistan. It is well known Islamic terrorists are staging mass casualty attacks inside the country. Where or not they are former ISI trained terrorists who were being used to attack India would require a great deal of verification.
 

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absolute nonsense...there are no Kashmiri groups fighting the Pakistani State.

sectarian groups linking up with TTP? Yes it's happening. Kashmiri groups? Never. Kashmiris are with us through thick and through thin, and vice-versa.


Clap CLap..CLAP.......................................One More for the Day!!
 

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Lmao, wtf is a punjabi taliban. This guy needs to find a new job.

Isn't this guy one of your brothers from Karachi? Or you people have started disowning anyone who have different views on this issue?
 

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absolute nonsense...there are no Kashmiri groups fighting the Pakistani State.

Only because there were never any real Kashmiri groups, except in the early1990's. All you have are Punjabis masquerading as Kashmiris. They are now finding Pakistani Punjab a better place to ply their trade, what with their influence with the "powers" and all. Helps that this change increases their lifespan plenty. Do one attack like 26/11 to please their masters & their masters look the other way when they do their many mini 26/11's within Pakistan.
 

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Tehelka - India's independent weekly news magazine.

Read the op properly and then comment. The writer is based out of Karachi. And instead of denying the points he raised, why can't you prove it otherwise factually? He raised couple of very good facts:

1) For the first time since 1989, most of Kashmir is terrorism free.
2) More terrorist attacks are happening back in Pakistan while at the same time they are declining rapidly in India. Infact, since 26/11, there has been hardly any major attacks here. This cannot be a mere coincidence.

Look at the mirror before denying the facts outright.
 
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