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Article Taliban Threat for Kashmir

Article Taliban Threat for Kashmir

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The militancy in Kashmir has a long history of linkages with Afghanistan and Pakistani northern areas now under the influence of Taliban. The defeat of Soviet Union by Afghan warriors contributed to encourage young Kashmiris to take gun against India. Since the inception of uprising in the Valley, almost all Kashmiri militant groups were trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal regions. This Afghan- Kashmir relationship also changed the configurations of Kashmiri resistance movement which turned a national liberation movement into a part of global Jihad when young Kashmiri recruits were trained ideologically and militarily by devout Pashtun and Arab instructors in Afghanistan and NWFP areas.
However, the emergence of Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994 changed the character of Kabul -Kashmir nexus when Taliban banned the largest Kashmiri rebellious group Hizb –ul- Mujahedeen (HM) to use Afghan territory, which has to shift its training camps to Pakistani tribal ares, nonetheless, Taliban continued to support their like minded Kashmiri groups, e.g. Harkut- ul- Mujahedeen (HuM) and Harut ul Ansar (HuA). A handful number of Kashmiris remained on Afghan soil till 20 August 1998 when US missile killed Islamic militants, including some Kashmiris. General Mushraff government’s crackdown on six Pakistani radical groups in 2002-03 also ceased all Kashmiri connections with Afghan soil.
The militancy in Kashmir has a long history of linkages with Afghanistan and Pakistani northern areas now under the influence of Taliban. The defeat of Soviet Union by Afghan warriors contributed to encourage young Kashmiris to take gun against India. Since the inception of uprising in the Valley, almost all Kashmiri militant groups were trained in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal regions. This Afghan- Kashmir relationship also changed the configurations of Kashmiri resistance movement which turned a national liberation movement into a part of global Jihad when young Kashmiri recruits were trained ideologically and militarily by devout Pashtun and Arab instructors in Afghanistan and NWFP areas.
However, the emergence of Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994 changed the character of Kabul -Kashmir nexus when Taliban banned the largest Kashmiri rebellious group Hizb –ul- Mujahedeen (HM) to use Afghan territory, which has to shift its training camps to Pakistani tribal ares, nonetheless, Taliban continued to support their like minded Kashmiri groups, e.g. Harkut- ul- Mujahedeen (HuM) and Harut ul Ansar (HuA). A handful number of Kashmiris remained on Afghan soil till 20 August 1998 when US missile killed Islamic militants, including some Kashmiris. General Mushraff government’s crackdown on six Pakistani radical groups in 2002-03 also ceased all Kashmiri connections with Afghan soil.

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TALIBAN THREAT FOR KASHMIR By Zafar Iqbal
 
Recent surge of violence in both parts of contentious state of Jammu and Kashmir has fuelledthe concerns about the expansion of Taliban network in the Himalayan region. Despitesignificant increase of terrorist operations in India and Pakistan during the last few years,Jammu and Kashmir remained relatively a peaceful zone. The momentum of two decade longinsurgency in Indian Administrated Kashmir is greatly reduced with a considerable transitionfrom turmoil to normalcy.However, in neighboring Pakistan terrorism and bloodshed is rife where Islamic Taliban andPakistan forces are engaged in a violent war in NWFP and lawless Waziristan regions since2004 when Pakistan army started operations border Waziristan region against local groupsinvolved in attacking NATO forces in Afghanistan. Now this war has extended to almost allmajor Pakistani cities through suicide attacks committed by young Taliban. In this six yearswar between Pakistani troops and Taliban, Pakistani administrated Kashmir region remainedfar from any major terrorist activity till June 26, 2009 when Taliban took the responsibly of first suicide attack on a military vehicle. Till now over 20 people, majority of them security personnel, have been killed and more than 125 have wounded in five terrorist attacks inPakistani Kashmir within six months. Officials have also foiled more terrorist attempts of Taliban.The militancy in Kashmir has a long history of linkages with Afghanistan and Pakistaninorthern areas now under the influence of Taliban. The defeat of Soviet Union by Afghanwarriors contributed to encourage young Kashmiris to take gun against India. Since theinception of uprising in the Valley, almost all Kashmiri militant groups were trained inAfghanistan and Pakistan’s tribal regions. This Afghan- Kashmir relationship also changedthe configurations of Kashmiri resistance movement which turned a national liberationmovement into a part of global Jihad when young Kashmiri recruits were trainedideologically and militarily by devout Pashtun and Arab instructors in Afghanistan and NWFP areas.However, the emergence of Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994 changed the character of Kabul-Kashmir nexus when Taliban banned the largest Kashmiri rebellious group Hizb –ul-Mujahedeen (HM) to use Afghan territory, which has to shift its training camps to Pakistanitribal ares, nonetheless, Taliban continued to support their like minded Kashmiri groups, e.g.Harkut- ul- Mujahedeen (HuM) and Harut ul Ansar (HuA). A handful number of Kashmirisremained on Afghan soil till 20 August 1998 when US missile killed Islamic militants,including some Kashmiris. General Mushraff government’s crackdown on six Pakistaniradical groups in 2002-03 also ceased all Kashmiri connections with Afghan soil.In spite of historical cooperation between Kashmiri insurgents and militants in Pakistanitribal belt and NWFP region, now both have conflicting agendas in terms of their objectivesand operations. Kashmiri militants claim their struggle as a holy war to liberate their homeland from Indian occupation but Taliban consider their resistance as a Jihad against theUS who attacked Afghanistan, toppled Taliban regime and then started a war through Dronesattacks in Pakistani border areas to defeat Taliban. Likewise, Taliban equate Pakistan militaryforces as ‘Traitorswho collaborated with the NATO forces in a war against Taliban.Conversely, for Pakistani Taliban ongoing struggle in Kashmir is not a Jihad as they describeit as a national movement being fought only for land, not for Islamic Sharia.Similarly, Kashmiri militants’ circles have some reservations about Taliban’s resistance.Popular Kashmiri leader Ali Geelani, who is an ardent supporter and advocate of armed

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