Is Pakistan still aiding Kashmir militants?

July 22, 2009

Separatist violence in Kashmir has fallen to its lowest level since an anti-India insurgency began nearly two decades ago.

However, people are still killed in daily firefights and occasional attacks by suspected militants, mostly in rural and mountainous areas.

Is Pakistan still aiding militants fighting Indian troops in Kashmir, despite Islamabad’s assurances and a slow-moving peace process between New Delhi and Islamabad?

Senior Indian security officials say Pakistan is still arming, training and sending militants to the disputed Kashmir region, making it difficult to end violence in the war-weary region.

“In this situation we should not expect that terrorism can be finished,” said Kuldeep Khuda, police chief of Jammu and Kashmir state – arguably the most difficult policing job in the country.

But Pakistan has consistently denied its involvement in abetting Kashmir militancy that has killed tens of thousands of people across the scenic region since 1989, has left nothing untouched and has brought untold misery to a once carefree society.

Kashmiri residents and local leaders, both pro-India and separatists, attribute the fall of violence involving troops and Muslim militants to the India-Pakistan peace process which started in early 2004 following a ceasefire between two armies on the highly militarised Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between the two.

But a sort of non-violent struggle in the form of near daily street protests could be potentially more challenging to New Delhi than militancy and could provide fertile ground for a new anti-India insurgency.

A columnist putting the Kashmir question in the context of an emerging cold war in the region predicts renewed violence in Kashmir.

“A new phase of deadly militancy is most likely to hit Kashmir again. This is not to press the panic button but to understand the outcome of fresh geopolitics in South and West Asia,” Syed Tassadque Hussain wrote in the daily newspaper Rising Kashmir.

Is Kashmir headed toward renewed violence, even as Pakistan says it is cracking down on militant groups it has backed in the past to fight Indian troops in Kashmir?


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Do you have any doubt ?

Posted by singh | Report as abusive

i think, the increase in kashmir violence in future seems untenable…particularly when pakistan is grappling with its internal crisis and the international opinion starkly against every kind of violent struggles…

Posted by abid bhat | Report as abusive

Pakisthan has always played dirty wt kashmir and it wld hv to pay for wreaking our beautiful paradise….

Posted by dia sultana | Report as abusive

i think pakistan wont let kashmiris rest in peace…

Posted by sehar mir | Report as abusive

what i believe there are two things that contribute to the destruction of our paradise oneis destinity other is USA who acts blind to the terrorist activities of the pakistan.
Guys and Gals its the time to think we are going through obivelien pakistan is bent upon to destroy the fate of kashmirs youth… thinkkkkkkk to savefuture.

Posted by umar nazir tibetbaqal | Report as abusive

i believe the uprising started after 1947 partition but took to its shine in the late 80s, the political unrest after the partition had many leaders behind the bars the division between indian political organisations and the regional natinal conferance was apparent and a small scale armed srtuggle caled al fateh was alreday prevalent in a more docile manner to the present sophiscated warfare,but tday as the armed struggle has come to its low with democratic belief in majority of the population the mixture of the older solution and the newer ones have set a new trend within the mindset of every kashmiri,the question of taking up arms again means an outside interferance to be blamed on pakistan who is not only associated with kashmir but with afganistan and many areas of conflict in the world but will it prevail over kashmir once more tkaing it to the difficult years of the nineties.

Posted by adel shafi | Report as abusive

It is apparent… Any doubt??? Then heck how’ll the Pak Army elites can support their wealthy lifestyles and grow real estate business… Give the kashmir fodder to the pak public to keep India as the enemy no:1 and it workz.
With the Pak army and Taliban’s close nexus(incl. LeT, HuJI,.. ∞), you wouldn’t be surprised to see them in Kashmir backyard!
Also with the $$$$ coming in from the Afghan drama(Taliban’s come & go out of ISI facilities) from the American Cow, well there’s more of $$$ packets to be got…

Posted by Praveen | Report as abusive

i think that the war on terrorism has suceeded in this region with fall of taliban in afganistan while its roots being supressed in the north west pakistan.a new trend of diplomacy adopted by pakistan to claen its image in the world of being accused as a terrorist sate,the democratic sloution adopted by india has proved its worth in the recent election,the advent of globalisation and surge of modern islamic eduactiion in kashmir may not accept the voilence , where each side is comming to terms on peace and an amicable solution.

Posted by juneeda shafi | Report as abusive

the world today is being under terrorist threat with all famous dates in mind,kashmir took to armed struggle against indian occupation the voilence took to rest of india during the high days,while both india and pakistan seek a solution to end it,time has passed since the worst but this fear of resurgence is still in peoples mind but newer approach of a democratic solution has moved there cause towards a stage where they will decide between voilence and a peaceful dialouge they have seen the past and have a better experience of it,its in thier tradition of being victims of faked promises or else kashmiri was a peace loving but fate took it to decide between life and death.

Posted by hina | Report as abusive

Pakisthan and india has always played dirty with kashmir …if they both can let us free..

Posted by asma | Report as abusive

For those who think Pakistan has stopped all activity in support of J&K, here is a news article claiming that Pakistan is building fortified bunkers along the Indo-Pak border. g_bunkers_on_the_border_bsf.php

Posted by thetrajectory | Report as abusive

Whether Pakistan supports Kashmir struggle against Indian occupation or not, the point is that this fight aganist the Indian Occupation will continue.

Posted by kadri | Report as abusive

Pakistan support for Kashmir’s freedom movement is not only necesarry but legitimate as well, because if India can get support from Russia and Israel and USA, why cant we Kashmiris ask for support from our freinds and brothers.

Till Freedom. This war will continue. And Freedom will be ours, what ever it takes to acheive.

Posted by Kadri | Report as abusive


Posted by iqbal | Report as abusive

Dear All

i think Pakistan not showing any real interest in Kashmir.they r themselves hiding under the impact of talibanand other groups.
they have far more problems than kashmir.
i imagine if all was well in pakistan than they can concentrate of internationalising kashmir.
Another thing is we should fight now with stones.

Posted by addy | Report as abusive

Freedom from India at whatever the cost.

Posted by Kadri | Report as abusive

My view is Pakistan is not taking any stern action to stop the terrorism. It seems like it is following the common saying “Enemy’s Enemy is my friend”. It is not good for both countries.

Posted by Azhar Ahamed – Indian Blogger | Report as abusive

the freedom struggle has been going on from the last five decades,we have seen different phases of this movement,period of mass uprising in 90s,followed by militancy and fidayeen attacks etc.Intially there might had been support from our neighbours,but with the passage of time,leaving behind the gun,the sentiments(quest for freedom) has been passed to the next generation. I feel even if there is not support from the neighgours,this felling wil never die.this feeling is so deeply rooted that if we dont have electricty,our slogans will be “we want freedom”.But yes pakistan has to some extent have tried to speak abt the plight of kashmiri at various levels

Posted by Aadil | Report as abusive

Do u still have doubts???

Posted by Nitesh | Report as abusive

What wrong is it if Pakistan aids Kashmiri freedom fighters.

Posted by Qadri | Report as abusive

Why we (India & Pakistan) can not behaving like Europian countries? No Boundary..No Military in the borders..No LOC…Why? friends think about it, if there is no Kashmir issue both countries would have been in much better condition than what we are now as the maximum money goes for millitary aid. Think how many touriest may come to visit Kashmir,the most beautiful. Most of the Europian , Aus, NZ like countries maximum GDP come from tourism. Think how many youth get job. USA is playing double role to both of the country bcoz if kashmir issue finished then who will bye weapons from them? So friends no more hateret to each other bcoz it is our future, we have to decide what should be the future.

Posted by anuj | Report as abusive

As long as America keeps Aiding pakistani miltants Pakistan will keep on aiding Kashmiri miltants,

Posted by Aijaz Ahmad | Report as abusive

there is an Kashmiri adage which says,” PANAN KOKER NA BADH AASI, CHU KAZI TRAI BEIKHIS GHAR’S MANZ THOOL”

Posted by majid | Report as abusive

its has become quite obvious to support you allie like during the cold war rusia to one part of vietnam while as america to other same way afganistan or other smaller states which where divided to bipolar powers of the world same situation in kashmir as india has been responsible in many such terrorist acts in pakistan and bangladesh,pakistan replies with true support to kashmiris

Posted by javed iqbal | Report as abusive

I think Pakistan will continue it and should continue. When world’s so called civilized nations like U S and UK and India support insurgencies in different parts of world why not Pakistan?

Posted by Kianaat | Report as abusive

I am sure Pakistan is doing and why not and India can create Banagladesh out of Mukti Bani Movement…wt wrong is Pakistan doing. We expecting Pakistan will continue to support Kashmir militancy.

Posted by Jigar | Report as abusive

both india and pakistan dont want kashmir issue to be my opinion both the countries are responsible for supportin n aiding terrorism.

Posted by Nuzhat | Report as abusive

we have millintants in almost every house now.things have changed since Amarnath issue.times have changed.

Posted by Neelam | Report as abusive

if Pakistan aids kashmir millitants,whats wrong in it.

Posted by Rais | Report as abusive

Pakistan has been continuing to encourage , support seperatism , militancy in Kashmir. It’s objective is to seperate that piece of Indian land from Indian map and annex the same into Pakistan. What the ex-chief Mr. Musharaf says, he was perturbed on the day of formation of Bangladesh from East Pakistan. Whose mistake was it? Its their own deeds, high handedness, arrogance, supremacy , ultimately created Bangladesh. In no way India had enrourged seperatism intially in East Pakistan ( Even now i can not understand how my Leaders at the time of Independence had accepted the formation of Pakistan having borders on both sides of India. it is quite ridiculous). The motive of Pakistan is to seperate Kashmir from India. For that , they have determined to create unrest in Kashmir. Today US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen has said the Pakistan’s Intelligence agency ISI is “fomenting choas in its border countries. What do u want more than What the Admiral said 2day about Pakistan’s external militant Foreign Policy. Their own mentor “USA” has well understood the motives of Pakistan and taking all the measures to ensure America’s security. So , it is very high time for Pakistan to cease their militant activities in our Kashmir and divert their whole energy in saving their own land from Al-queda and Taliban, otherwise, one day their future generations would have to say “Previously Pakistan was a bigger than what is 2day”

Posted by M.P.RAMARAO | Report as abusive

I still ask the same question, what is wrong if Pakistan aids Kashmiri Freedom fighters.

Posted by Kadri | Report as abusive

Of course they’ll continue to support insurgency.Their government has to find an excuse for the deplorable condition their economy is in. Blame it all on india.I dont think it is any more about kashmir.Mumbai is not a part of kashmir.They are just jealous that Idia is doing so much better than them.

Posted by sam | Report as abusive

For more 60 years, both nations i-e India and Pakistan are beating their bare chests in front of each other, to no avail. All their efforts to reconcile and meet each other half way to conclude for peace, are all in vain. This is not only the mockery of the fate, but also down ward spiral for both unfortunate nations. The world community should give credit, where credit is due. The province of Kashmir, belong to The country of Pakistan, period. This has been the mandate in the UNO, since the inception of these countries. Both countries are so close to each other, yet so far!

Posted by Sardar Saeed Malik | Report as abusive

Pakistan is doing what it has been doing, increasing miltancy in the world. Because thats its comfort zone.
It won’t come out and fight terrorism out of blue. Its habbitual for pak military and ISI to support non-state actors, (or state actors in terror roles as zardari wanted to say). Its not moral, not ethical, worse not even religious. Just US funded projects(previously is my guess, but US govt still pour millions of dollors in pak so doubt the previously word) which if stopped, will shut down the terror factory and starve the pak mil and ISI. Pakistan preferrs to starve and kill its own citizen just to keep few generals happy. I believe pakistan people need food, clear water, clean energy and chance to prospere. What Pakistan govt (and partly world, in terms of money, weapons, drug money) gives its citizen, Bomb blast on each friday.
May God Help Pakistani People !

Posted by sushil | Report as abusive

Those who boast of Indian economy. Answer my two questions. How many farmers commit suicide each year in your country. How many people are below poverty line and how many sleep without food on the footpaths of your “Shining India”. And lastly, India will have to leave Kashmir, if Pakistan helps Kashmiri freedom fighters, it good, if not, it is Okay. Kashmiris can fight this war on their own, like Afghans are doing.

Posted by Kadri | Report as abusive

Hello everyone I have been reading the Kashmiri problem for many years I think Pakistan is doing quite a bit now, now that it is suffering internally with the problem of terrorism of the Taliban and the others, it reminds me of 1947 the images we see in swat valley. Pakistan’s army is fighting a war which their own leaders created out of false pride. The situation is devastating for the future generations because the young people are looking forward to bright future which is liberal and these elements want them to go back to medieval times of violence and hatred. From the comments I see people supporting a violent struggle against India in Kashmir what is there to stop these elements to impose the same rules in Kashmir if they do get independence?. Don’t forget we were one at one time, even Kaide-Azam Mohd.A. Jinnah’s grandfather was a hindu called Gokaldas Megji. and millions of muslims in Pakistan have their ancestors who were hindus. So this fight SHOULD not be for Kashmir THIS FIGHT SHOULD BE FOR ERADICATION OF TERRORISM IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN Kashmir issue is just to mislead people towards destruction of our beautiful land. Our father of the nation Mahatma Ghandi ji taught us the power of nonviolence if both the nation’s leaders talk straight about making our generation understand about our history and roots the terrorists will have no leg to stand on and that is our biggest weapon.

Posted by josh | Report as abusive

@I still ask the same question, what is wrong if Pakistan aids Kashmiri Freedom fighters.”
– Posted by Kadri

-Kadri, nothing wrong. But few problems.
1. Kashmiris have no say in Pakistan’s so-called aid for kashmiri Freedom struggle.
2. Pakistan can give aid but is it sincere? Answr is: NO, if you know what Kashmiris face in Azad kashmir. mangladam displaced 100,000 kashmiris. Leaching the naturalk resources fro kashmir etc….
3. Also, how can a sane Kashmiri trust Pakistan who gifted away a chunnk of kashmir (Shaksgam valley) to Chinese.
4. There is day/night difference between taking revenge from India for Bangladesh creation and aiding Kashmiris against India. (Pakistan’s stupidity mwas the reason not India). Earlier Kashmiri understands better off will that be.
5, many are equating US/UK, India/Russsia alliances with Pak/Kashmiri alliance. In all those alliances their is a logical mutual trust, but with pak/Kashmir I see none, just commmon religion is the only which defeats the logic. Some evidence in favor of why Pak/kashmiris alliance is not workable is menetined above.

I hope I could address your concerns.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

@I still ask the same question, what is wrong if Pakistan aids Kashmiri Freedom fighters.”
– Posted by Kadri

@pakistan replies with true support to kashmiris”
– Posted by javed iqbal

-In addition to my earlier post, read this:

True support beacuse the religion is same? Then why supppress Balochis and why suppressed E Pakistanis despite being common religion. Isn’t there more to it than religion? Oh I see it is that 2 nation theory concept. But creation of Bangladesh, demand for Balochistan, Pakhtunistan all say that the hypothesis of 2 nation theory is trashed and anyone still holding onto it is embracing a stinking concept. So if 2 nation theory is trashed, does that not invalidate the demand that Kashmir be a part of Pakistan? Or is it that then let Kashmir be independent? That was not an option in first place in UN charter if soemone still respects that. And also, if such a strong Pakistan carved out of India is in mess in 60 yrs, what would be the state of poor Independent Kashmir. why would Pakistan not be envious of Kashmir’s growth if K ever becomes free and succeeds.

All said and done there is no stopping Pakistan if it wants to give aid to kashmiris by supplying men from Pakistani Punjab. But considering everything it is best for Kashmiris not to accept this help and reject the Pakistani-sponsored terrorism. These days anyone seen associated with Pakistan is in trouble for all the right reasons. Kashmiris should have their own indigenous movement that should be what Kashmir is all about—not some wahabbi stuff.

Posted by rajeev | Report as abusive

nobody wins in a war. the so called winner as well as loser looses something or other. why can’t we just be good neighbors. it is easy to change friends like US and UK but impossible to move away from a permanent neighbor. let the money and people directed for all this destructive things work for development of our people.after all we were one in the past, there is no reason why we cannot be one now. may GOD bless both the countries.

Posted by manoj | Report as abusive

Sheikh: I did click on the link to this article but stumbled on the headline itself..

Could you please explain why you chose the word “militants” over “terrorists”?

And if you have a moment, please do read this post (and feel free to comment):

Bad Militants


Posted by B Shantanu | Report as abusive

@rajiv ..true support by united states to afganistan but religon differs,its since ages that states allied with others to fight a war one would think was reasonable enough to enter into,same is happening buddhist chinese and muslim pakistan are millitary allies,i would agree to pakistans messy situation but that is again an international issue of being only muslim nuclear power which the west would not want to, apart from this its what the players of elite would want to happen like bang of indian economy in the nineties,with other millitary and nuclear cooperation but still u had kargil a sucess to pakistan theoratically so lets always a hope that peace succeseds and world enters a comfort zone once forever and you and me are satisfied.

Posted by javed iqbal | Report as abusive

Well the violence has fallen to its lowest after New Delhi and Islamabad started talking over their disputes in 2004. I think, since then, Pakistan is too busy to help Kashmir insurgency..let us give devil its due

Posted by Dr Mushtaq | Report as abusive