Kashmir Information Network (KIN)
|Vol. 1, No. 9||November 1, 1998|
"The Terrorists Are Just Passing Through"
If the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not so tragic for civilians living in constant fear of being intimidated, tortured, driven out of the state, or killed by these terrorists, the Pakistani denials would be almost humorous for the level of their incredulity. Indeed there have been many such blanket denials of genocidal crimes in the recent past. In many cases, such denial is an integral part of the crime itself, designed to deflect the international spotlight. The Serbs and others in the Balkans come to mind in recent history, the Nazis are another example from a not so distant past. Pakistani denials of complicity in Kashmiri terror carry no weight in light of an overwhelming and growing amount of evidence to the contrary.
There are dozens of terrorists camps located in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, housing numerous Islamic terrorist outfits. These include dreaded groups such as Harkat-ul-Ansar, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen, each of which is reponsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir. Many of these locations are depicted in a map available on the Internet (A Bird's Eye View of the Pakistani Terrorist Machinery). The US State Department itself has identified Muzaffarabad (in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) as the headquarters of the infamous Harkat-ul-Ansar. According to the 1997 US State Department report on terrorism, there are 'continued reports of official support of Kashmiri terrorists by Pakistan'. International media and US foreign policy experts have recently accused Pakistan of arming and training terrorists and providing cover for their infiltration into India. There are innumerable media reports that the Pakistani Army is not just providing cover for the infiltration, but managing and directing the terrorists. These terrorists groups have such absolute freedom of operation in Pakistan that they have issued threats against US citizens and President Clinton at news conferences in key Pakistani cities ( Kashmir Chronicle, Vol. 1, No. 6 ). In a recent political meeting at Islamabad, the head of the Hizbul Mujahideen was one of the featured speakers and he openly talked about the hundreds of Pakistanis who are participating in terrorism in Kashmir (Kashmir Terrorism Bulletin, October 1998 ).
The Indian government
is getting ready to release a white paper on the massive export of terrorism
and fundamentalism by Pakistan. Pakistan has continued a sustained attempt
at balkanizing and terrorizing India for over a decade, in the process
using up badly needed resources for its own impoverished population. Its
current economic failures are a direct result of these misguided and unintelligible
policies. Its "proxy war" has also forced India to spend huge amounts of
resources to defend its citizens and to support refugees rendered homeless
by the ethnic cleansing unleashed against Hindus in Kashmir. Simply put,
Pakistan has jeopardized the well-being of much of the entire South Asian
sub-continent. One can only hope that President Clinton will be able to
use his influence to convince Nawaz Sharif during his December US visit
to discontinue these policies, which have been characterized as "playing
with fire" by the Washington Post (October 15, 1998). If Pakistan is unwilling
to discontinue these policies, we propose that the United Nations Security
Council pass a resolution demanding that Pakistan agree to the following:
BBC Provides Link to KIN/KOA Web Site
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Incidentally, the Pakistani-supported terrorist escapees were later reported to have "safely" reached Pakistan controlled territory, and presumably will be recycled into the terrorist pipeline flowing from Pakistan to India. This incident further erodes the thin veneer of Pakistani denials and statements about "terrorists just passing through".