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Strife increasing as NATO pullout looms
Posted By F. Michael Maloof On 01/18/2013 @ 7:34 pm In Front Page,World | No Comments
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WASHINGTON – In the face of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the growing uncertainty in the region is prompting increasing tensions between India and Pakistan, according to report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Sources say that Pakistan will want to take advantage of the inevitable power vacuum that will emerge as Islamabad reasserts itself in Afghanistan against its natural adversary, India, resorting to the use of its numerous terrorist proxies to do it.
At the same time, New Delhi is becoming more apprehensive of the troop pullout by the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, since it needs to determine how to compete with Pakistan for influence in Afghanistan where it has multiple projects under way and has a history of influence there.
For some weeks, tensions between India and Pakistan have been mounting along the so-called Line of Control that divides the Kashmir region between them, resulting in recent deaths of troops on both sides as each country exchanged accusations of intrusions in their jurisdictions of Kashmir.
Since 1949, India and Pakistan have fought various times over the disputed region of Jammu-Kashmir, which is in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent and is Indian-administered, although it is predominantly Muslim.
Within the Kashmir region, however, there is a portion administered by Pakistan and another by the Chinese.
Given the brutality in the most recent Indian and Pakistani confrontation in Kashmir in the killing of at least one Indian soldier – a beheading – sources are suggesting that Pakistani militants could have been wearing military uniforms and committed such body mutilation that is unheard of by the military on either side. One report said that the Pakistani “soldiers” actually were wearing black headscarves which are common among radicals.
For India, this development is disconcerting, since it appears that the Pakistani government already has reactivated its radical Islamists as proxies to do its dirty work.
Even the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, which seeks the overthrow of the Pakistani government, has begun to make overtures to the Pakistani military, out of concern that it could be cut out of any future role.
The TTP said that it had opposed Islamabad for acting as “mercenaries for America,” but now is willing to work with the government if it will resume the conflict against India.
The TTP, which attempted a car bomb attack in New York City’s Time Square in May 2010, has said that it wants to cooperate with the Pakistani government and add “Kashmiri mujahideen” fighters to the Pakistani military.
TTP leader Wali Ur Rehman said he would send fighters into Kashmir to impose Shariah law in India, a predominantly Hindu country.
Inside Kashmir, the head of Hizbul Mujjahideen, Syed Salahuddin, said he was prepared to launch more terrorist attacks to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“India has good reason to be alarmed by this apparent attempt to redirect militant attention toward Kashmir,” according to a report of the open intelligence group Stratfor.
“In the past, the Pakistani military regularly shuffled militants between fronts according to its strategic needs, enabling New Delhi to hold Islamabad responsible for militant attacks staged in Pakistan,” the report said.
While Islamabad has had difficulties controlling some of these militant groups as seen by the Lashkar-e-Taiba attack in Mumbai in November 2008, analysts believe that the varied groups could rally behind the Pakistani government’s efforts to reassert itself in Kashmir.
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