Some ISI officers apprehended in India

Some ISI officers apprehended in India

Mehfooz Ali (arrested March 4, 1994) Amjad Ali Maj.Sohail Ahmed PA No. 16742
Capt.Aftab Hussain Shah PSS 21961 N/Sub.Mustaq Ahmed No. 155492 Sep./Driver Fateh Mohd. No.3231138

"The support of secessionist terrorism has become an integral part of Pakistan diplomacy." -Yossef Bodansky

Extracts from two reports "Pakistan's Kashmir Strategy" a report of the Freeman Centre for Strategic studies, and "The New Islamic International" a report of the Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare,of the House of Republican Research Committee, U.S. House of representatives, Washington D.C.

....For Islamabad the liberation of Kashmir is a sacred mission, the only task unfulfilled since Muhammed Ali Jinnah's days.

Islamabad desperately needs an external challenge for its own domestic political reasons, ranging from diversion of popular attention away from the domestic collapse to finding "something to do " for the ISI and the military rather than meddling in politics."

Meanwhile, the ISI translated its major paramilitary command into a major political force. Now there is a need for a mission use for the ISI's numerous para-military and Afghan forces, as well as an institutional interest in preserving the political clout that comes with these operations. Islamabad finds a task for the ISI's vast Pakistani and Afghan cadres previously involved in sponsoring the Jihad in Afghanistan, but who are now no longer needed, that would keep them away from domestic politics and power struggles.

In early June 1994, Commander Manzur Shah declared that the sole objective of the escalating Jihad in Kashmir is to incorporate it into Pakistan. He admitted that Indian Kashmiri Muslim leaders were assassinated or attacked in order to prevent them from reaching an agreement with the Indian government. " Wali Mohammed would not have been assassinated and the caravans of Farooq (Abdullah) and Rajesh Pilot would not have been attacked if the climate was conducive to political action"

Meanwhile, a campaign of assassinations was launched in order to eliminate the Kashmiri civic leadership that opposed the escalation of the Jihad. On June 20 1994, Islamist terrorists assassinated the Kashmiri Scholar Qazi Nissar Ahmed. He was kidnapped a night before and pressured to endorse the anti-India Jihad. He refused and was killed. A key member of the assassination was Fayaz Ahmad Mir a.k.a. Abu Bakr of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Ahmed was the 17th Kashmiri Muslim Scholar to be assassinated by Islamists for refusing to join the anti-India struggle.

The strategic logic of using the nuclear factor to offset any deficiencies in conventional military power has been the cornerstone of Pakistan's nuclear strategy. Recently a more assertive element was first introduced to the nuclear strategy by Islamist politicians. The overall Pakistani strategic confidence has been expressed in brinkmanship statements coming out of Islamabad since the fall of 1993. For example, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, the Jamaat-i-Islami Chief Senator, urged the Bhutto government "to declare Jihadon India to save Kashmiri Muslims from total annihilation. " There is no other way to resolve the crisis he declared. "Let us wage Jihad for Kashmir. A nuclear armed Pakistan would deter India from a wider conflict." he stressed. Thus the statement of mid February confirms that the Bhutto government has indeed adopted the strategy and policy outlined by the Islamists.

As the spring of 1995 draws near and the weather improves, the ISI is about to unleash a new cycle of terrorism and subversion. Considering the extent of the training, preparations and organizational effort invested in the Kashmiri Islamist insurgency during the last few years, it is safe to assume that fighting in Kashmir will escalate markedly in the coming year. Numerous additional highly trained and well equipped Mujahideen, many of them professional specialist forces and terrorists, will join the fighting in Kashmir and will even expand the struggle into the rest of India. They already have in place extensive stockpiles of weapons as well as large sums of money to sustain and support their Jihad. Their primary mission, however, will not be for the liberation of Kashmir but rather furthering the strategic interests of Islamabad.....

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