Islamic Terrorism in India

Most Muslims are not terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims

Terrorist attacks in J & K increased from 7 in 1988 to 3,920 in 1992 due to LET

Posted by jagoindia on December 10, 2008

Interesting tit bit from Pakistan’s Jihad

s the war in Afghanistan came to an end, the ISI began to reallocate its resources. The jihadists had proven their merit as guerrilla fighters, and the ISI found it convenient to use them elsewhere. Veterans of the Afghan conflict formed the LET’s first cadres, and, using Saudi cash, the ISI quickly expanded the LET’s operations. By the early 1990s, the LET emerged as one of the ISI’s primary instruments for waging its proxy war against Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

The consequences of the ISI’s decision are plain to see. The conflict over Kashmir was relatively terror-free in the late 1980s, but just a few years later Islamist terrorist groups were launching thousands of attacks. As Praveen Swami, a reporter for Frontline magazine in New Delhi, explains in his book India, Pakistan, and the Secret Jihad, there were only 7 terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in 1988. In 1992, there were 3,920. The total number of civilians killed per year, including Muslims, increased from less than 30 in 1988 to more than 1,000 in 1993. Data on the number of attacks and total casualties vary by source. But according to Swami’s estimates, which we find to be conservative, more than 41,000 people, including Indian forces, terrorists, and civilians, died between 1988 and 2005.

India has played its part in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir, but the prime mover has been the ISI and its jihadist proxies, including the LET. The ISI not only gives these groups safe haven and trains and supplies them, it also frequently coordinates their movements. Consider one telling example. In 1999, conventional Pakistani and Indian forces fought for control of Kargil, a mountainous district in northern Kashmir. During the coldest weeks of the conflict, the Indians ceded the highest ridges for warmer ground below. After the Indians left their positions, LET members moved in.

The LET held this strategic battleground until their replacements–regulars in Pakistan’s army–arrived. Such is the depth of cooperation between the LET and Pakistan’s military establishment.  Read all about Pakistan’s Jihad here

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