Radicalised Islamists and terrorists cannot be allowed to hold normal life to ransom in Kashmir

Lalit Shastri

The EDI building at Pampore during the encounter with Terrorists in February 2016 (representative photo)

The world has witnessed the devlish, dastardly and diabolic face of jihadi terror that had been unleashed in the Kashmir valley in the later part of the 80s by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) when Rajiv Gandhi was Prime Minister.

JKLF – the terror outfit – had used every form of crime from manslaughter to rape, loot and arson to spread fear and drive out the Kashmiri Pandits out of their homes and turn them into refugees in their own country in 1990.

In the last 20 years, Pakistan has followed a two pronged strategy in Kashmir. On the one side, they have waged a proxy war by regularly exporting trained terrorists across the border to strike targets at will and keep the Indian security agencies non-stop on alert. Matters went to the extreme in 1999 when infiltration of Pakistani soldiers disguised as Kashmiri terrorists and took positions on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC). This led to the Kargil War that ended with Pakistan’s humiliating defeat. On the other side, all along, the Pakistan Army and their intelligence agency – the ISI – have acted as handlers and also channelised funds to support the activities of the secessionist and anti-national elements in Kashmir to convey the message that the Kashmir issue is purely political and has nothing to do with “their” religion. This is the argument that the Abdullahs, Muftis and the the pseudo-liberals or the Congress leaders have constantly used as a smokescreen to cover the bare fact that the islamic radicalisation of a vast Muslim population in Kashmir that too over several decades and generations is at the root of the problem and is the main reason why there is a big chunk of those in Kashmir who still subscribe to the two-nation theory that led to the formation of Pakistan in 1947. To acheive this goal, they want to convert the Kashmir valley into a wholly Muslim territory and the ethnic cleansing of Kashmir by driving out the Kashmiri Pandits from their homeland was part of this plot.

What calls the bluff on all fake claims that a terrorist cannot be a Muslim gets amply exposed by the stone pelters and crowds that have always surged on the streets, either to block the security forces carrying out their operations against the terrorists or the way they have turned out at funeral processions of terrorists killed by the security forces.

The wheel has gone full circle. Earlier it was JKLF and this time it is The Resistance Front (TRF) formed in August 2019 after the abrogation of provisions under Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and supported by Pakistan. TRF has claimed the killing of Ajay Pandita Bharti, a popularly elected Sarpanch. He was shot dead by terrorists in Anantnag on Monday, 8 June 2020. He had raised the issue of threats to his life and demanded security this past December.

The TRF is nothing but a front of the Pakistan backed Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]. They only want to mislead. We have identified the terrorists who carried out the attack; they are from the Hizb – Dilbag Singh, Jammu and Kashmir Police Chief.

Ajay Pandita is a martyr to the cause of the Kashmiri Hindus, who were driven out of their homes by the terrorists, who have either been aided or directly exported by Pakistan and have received overt and covert support of the local radicalised Muslims.

It is high time the radicalised Muslims in Kashmir should get the clear message that they are playing with fire. India has once been divided on religious lines. This wont happen twice. Nobody will be allowed to use the demography of a region or territory of India to question its soverignty. What Jinnah did once at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives and the biggest exodus of human population in the history of this earth cannot be allowed to be repeated again. There is a word of caution for those faking the Kashmir problem as a political issue. They should see the writing on the wall. If anti-national and separatist forces are bent upon threateing and holding the lives of the Kashmiri Hindus to ransom, if they want to derail the democratic process that has been initiated in Kashmir through acts of terror and violence against unsuspecting peace loving members of the minority Hindu community, they should be told by whosever they look up to, any where in the world for motivation, funding and support, that its high time they drop their blinkers and imagine what will happen once they try to invoke again the theory of two nations on the basis of religion vis-a-vis Kashmir as that would lead to a holocaust and an exodus of people not in their wildest dreams they can imagine.

Postscript: The nation owes a lot to Niyanta Pandita, the brave daughter of martyr Ajay Pandita. Within 24-hours of her father’s assassination, she was on national television underscoring that her father, a braveheart, had played his part as a citizen of this country and now it is for the nation to rise to the occasion and deliver justice.

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