love from Pakistan...
Some ISI officers apprehended
(arrested March 4, 1994)
PA No. 16742
Capt.Aftab Hussain Shah
Sep./Driver Fateh Mohd.
"The support of secessionist
terrorism has become an integral part of Pakistan diplomacy."
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
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
on 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.....