RESURGENCE OF AL-QAEDA
A video released on jihadist forums by al-Qaeda declared that the road to victory in Kashmir lies through attacks on big Indian cities; if big cities are targeted, India will be forced to seek a compromise on Kashmir. To achieve this goal, a strong organisation is required which all South Asian Muslims must support to turn India into a war zone. A new organisation, called al-Qarar, on the other hand, appealed to al-Qaeda to pledge support to Islamic State through a video that appeared to have been released from the Jamia Masjid area of Srinagar, where Islamic State flags have often been seen during protest marches. In another interview, al-Qaeda asked jihadists to turn the entire subcontinent into an Islamic region – a tall order indeed
At present, there is no visible presence of al-Qaeda in India, but our intelligence agencies should be on the lookout for small, hidden cells and supporters that should be neutralised
before they proliferate.
Pakistan has been using Special Forces to train irregulars to wage a well planned proxy war in Kashmir for decades. Pakistan’s surrogates operating in J&K were equipped with high-calibre, sophisticated weapons and remote controlled devices, giving them the capability to attack security forces operating in the Valley, including the army. They gradually developed ways and means to draw the army in a long-drawn low-intensity conflict.
Sponsored terrorism, along with subversion, has assumed the shape of a hybrid conflict in the last two decades. Alienation of people from the mainstream reached a new height
after 2014, when Pakistan mobilised mosques and other Kashmiri religious tanzeems and their cadres to propagate radical Islam in the Valley. Their network grew rapidly and soon established firm links between the domestic religious groups and their sponsors in Pakistan on both sides of the Line of Control.
Alienation of the common man was not the cause of turmoil in 1990, as projected by many studies; the turmoil was wholly orchestrated by Pakistan and mismanaged by a government which understood very little about the conspiracy that confronted it. But as it
was an unnatural by-product of Pakistani planning, it would have died a natural death in a short course of time but for mishandling of the situation by the J&K government.
Persistent terrorist attacks in London, the daring attack on the Iranian parliament, the war being waged in the Philippines by supporters of the Islamic State (IS), and sporadic terror-related violence in various European capitals have shown the vast reach of Islamic terrorism. Moreover, the violence by Islamic groups in Nigeria and Libya and inroads of Islamic groups into Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh indicate an expanding torrent of Islamic terror despite its defeat in Syria and Iraq. The prospects of defeat in west Asia has made no dent on the IS-sponsored terrorism network across the world. It is also clear that at present there is no immediate remedy available for controlling the rising tide
of Islamic terrorism.