Islamic Terrorism in India

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India, not Kashmir, Lashkar’s true goal

Posted by jagoindia on March 15, 2010


India, not Kashmir, Lashkar’s true goal

Aim to set up Islamic state in South Asia: Experts
Ashish Kumar Sen writes from Washington

Recent actions by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have fuelled a belief in Washington that the militant group’s agenda is much broader than a resolution of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

At a congressional hearing this week, analysts made the point that LeT would no longer be satisfied if India and Pakistan resolve their differences over Kashmir. Ashley Tellis at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the panel of lawmakers that there was no doubt in his mind that a way must be found to settle issues related to Kashmir, but, he added, “I think resolving Kashmir is not going to solve the problems relating to LeT.”

Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council echoed that opinion. “Resolving the Kashmir problem by itself is not going to remove this threat because the aim of these groups is to leverage themselves into a position of power inside Pakistan and to take control,” he said.

Nawaz noted that successive civilian and military leaders in Pakistan had supported LeT as what he described as a “strategic asset” to counter India and force it to negotiate a settlement on Kashmir “by waging a war of… a thousand cuts.”

Over time, LeT took a life of its own, he said, and found the economically backward regions of Pakistan’s Punjab province to be a fertile ground for recruiting militants.

Nawaz said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency lost control of LeT as the group became self-sufficient. “Similar to the disbanding of the Iraqi Army after the US invasion when thousands of trained soldiers and officers were let go, the LeT was cut loose without a comprehensive plan to disarm, retrain, and gainfully employ the fighters,” he added.

Earlier this year, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, accused India of imposing war on Pakistan by constructing “illegal dams” and diverting the water of Pakistani rivers.

In a fiery diatribe at the launch of a “nationwide protest,” Saeed called upon the Pakistani government to prepare the country to counter this aggression. This focus on water issues has added credence to an opinion held by a growing majority that Kashmir is merely a red herring raised by LeT and its affiliates.

“LeT represents… a Frankenstein’s monster created for the purpose of assisting the Kashmiri freedom movement but that ended up becoming a powerful Sunni Punjabi movement with an independent agenda that appears to have taken on a broader regional role,” Nawaz contended.

Responding to questions raised by congressmen, Tellis said, “I always find it interesting that the people conducting the murder and mayhem (in the valley) today are not Kashmiri. The people who actually are deprived of all their political rights. The murder and mayhem is being conducted by groups that have absolutely no connections to Kashmir. To my mind … the fact that this is a group that has operations in 21 countries, that has an ideology that is completely anti-western, that is opposed to modernity and secularism and all the kinds of values that we take for granted. This group is not going to be satisfied by dealing with the issue of Kashmir.”

While the panel’s co-chair, Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, was insistent that the resolution of Kashmir should be the No. 1 issue for everyone involved, subcommittee chairman Gary Ackerman, New York Democrat, disagreed. Ackerman cautioned against the temptation to think that LeT is interested only in the “liberation” of Kashmir. “The LeT’s true goal is not Kashmir, it is India. And the LeT is not shy about announcing that its intention is to establish an Islamic state in all South Asia. Neither does it hide or try to play down its declaration of war against all Hindus and Jews, who they insist are enemies of Islam,” he said.

2 Responses to “India, not Kashmir, Lashkar’s true goal”

  1. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    There has been an under estimate of the role of entire Pakistan as a nation in the generation, perpetration, nurturing and exporting the terrorists all over the world including US and the Europe. To limit their ambitions upto South Asia too, is a wrong estimation.

    The west has still not recognised the true importance of Pakistan. Because it is the Pakistan, not the Afghanistan that is the cause of entire problems in this subcontinent primarily and the whole world at large. This basic fact has to be appreciated.

    LeT is creation of the official Pakistani establishment, under an indirect support by the Western powers and OIC since 1979. But these so called “Frankenstien’s Monsters” of today are the pampered dear proxy warriers of yesterday gone haywire in want of any official control and sympathy to them. They have become now unwanted (wanted) rogues,”Use and throw kind of a stuff”. But they are exerting themselves to prove their might to their own masters of yesterday for their worth, in whatever way they take it. “Good, Bad or Ugly”.

    The World Watchers and Guardians have to openly come out to act against the establishment in Pakistan to stop the factories of these terrorists in the entire area of Punjab and Sindh in Pakistan as a whole. You fight them and try to eliminate them in Af/Pak area only to help them go home on earned leave and rest. Once you declare their extermination and retract back your strength, they will again get in there to strike back. Because for them the whole area is their home, which you can not strike militarily.

    Therefore Pakistan is playing a double game of friend (superficially) and foe (deeply) for the West in that bed. Pakistan will never change their strategy towards the Taliban and Al Qaeda, whom they still consider as an asset. We always live in the best hope of our better dawn tomorrow with a brighter ‘Sun’.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

  2. Dr. O. P. Sudrania said

    I missed out to quote a very impressive column on this jihadi bed in Pakistani Punjab and others places by Ayesha Siddiqa:
    http://www.newsline.com.pk/NewsSep2009/coverstorysep.htm

    THough it is a long column but please read it. It throws a good light on the terror factories in Pakistan. How these Islamic forces are luring, recruiting and training them to fight for the aggressive jihad and their network.

    There are other columns appended to it also for extended reading to show the broad network and their hate ideology.

    Dr. O. P. Sudrania

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