Pakistan brainwashes young people and exploits religious loopholes to keep terrorism alive in JK: Officials: The Tribune India

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New Delhi, March 20

In a shift in strategy to foment cross-border terrorism that has been going on for three decades in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan is once again using tactics of brainwashing local youth in the name of religion and exploiting religious fault lines,” officials said. here on Sunday.

The change in tactics must also be seen in light of Pakistan’s desperate bid to get off the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gray list, they said.

The terrorist movement, launched by the Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) under the guise of calls for “Azadi” (freedom) and the right to self-determination, has slowly and steadily turned into a low-intensity conflict that stands on the pillars of “religion and radicalization” today, officials said.

From 2016, to get out of the FATF gray list, the ISI started to create multiple pseudo-terrorist groups like The Resistance Front (TRF), Kashmir Tigers (KT), The People’s Anti-Fascist Force (PAFF) and Kashmir Janbaz Force (KJF), to name a few.

These groups are nothing but ghost groups of the banned terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Hizbul Mujahideen set up with the main purpose of creating a smokescreen for protecting Pakistan from FATF sanctions and the secondary objective of redefining the strategy and giving terrorism in Kashmir an indigenous face.

“Pakistan is changing its subversion narrative for good, giving it a religious tone not only to manipulate the minds of the valley’s youth, but also to exploit the religious fault lines that exist in India,” said a manager.

Having seen its failure to mobilize locals, especially after the death of veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani in September last year, the ISI believes religion holds the key to its next move in Kashmir.

“The neighbor has been and remains the biggest threatening factor that has set back Kashmir and its people. Having vitiated and radicalized the Sufi soul of the valley over the past three decades to suit its nefarious purpose, the masters of destruction across the border now believe the time has come to infuse schism religious in the mix and to defend itself (Pakistan) as the savior of religion,” the official said.

Analysis of recent interceptions and interrogations of arrested terrorists shows that the ISI and others in Pakistan are desperate to polarize the local population in Jammu and Kashmir and generate dissent against the state in the name of religion, officials said.

Carrying out a detailed analysis of incidents last year regarding the targeting of minorities in Kashmir, in particular the prominent chemist Makhan Lal Bindroo, the officials said that initially terrorist groups claimed responsibility and had branded as a government agent, but the number of people who joined in his funeral was an eye-opener as locals, despite the false claims, expressed their anger over his murder.

Officials said the shifting contours of Pakistan’s narrative in Kashmir are the result of its rhetoric of the right to self-determination failing and the propaganda machinery directed across the border realizing the futility of the call for “freedom of movement”. and resistance against the so-called occupying forces”.

Once the vanguard of the indigenous face of terrorism in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen has fallen down the hierarchy of terrorist groups with a drastic decrease in its cadre.

As of January 1, the outfit had only about 30 terrorists operating in the valley, mainly in Anantnag district in southern Kashmir, and a negligible presence in northern and central Kashmir.

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