withdrawal of the erstwhile Soviet Union from Afghanistan in 1989 spelt doom
for the Pandits in the Kashmir Valley, with pan-Islamic jihadists switching
their focus from Kabul to Kashmir at the direction of their handlers in
30 years after the tragic exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, the
jihadists have now given way to non-state actors, yet again out to grab Kabul.
This time, it is the US which is walking away from a nation that is still in
crisis, Afghanistan, by striking a deal with the Taliban, whose leadership
prospers across the Durand Line. In a sense, it is all back to square one as
the motherlode of jihad remains largely untouched in the Islamic Republic of
The rise of
jihad in the Valley was also due to the weak regimes of VP Singh and
Chandrashekhar with fractured politics in Delhi ensuring that the Centre became
a bystander in the Valley. This time, there is a strong Centre, but it is clear
that things could take a turn for the worse even now.
threat to India comes from pan-Islamic jihadist groups based in Pakistan with
its deep state treating them as strategic assets to hurt New Delhi. It is now
an established fact that Rawalpindi GHQ provides financial, logistic and
tactical support to global terror groups such as the Jaish-e-Mohammed,
Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizbul Mujahideen, Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen
and Al Badr in order to target India. Despite the Asia-Pacific chapter of FATF
giving a scathing report on Pakistan’s action against terrorism, it is quite
evident that Islamabad will continue to be in the Grey List with its
all-weather ally China at the helm of FATF.
tried to raise Kashmir thrice in UNSC and tried to help Pakistan designate six
Indian nationals as global terrorists. Apart from ultra conservative Sunni
terror groups, Pakistan houses remnants of the Indian Mujahideen, a demon child
of ISI using home grown jihadists, global terrorists such as Dawood Ibrahim and
virtually the entire pro-Khalistani brigade. A Khalistani Zindabad Force (KZF)
module headed by Germany-based operative Gurmeet Singh Bagga is now being used
to send arms across the Radcliffe Line through drones.
groups are being funded through narcotics from Afghanistan with recent seizures
of 750 kilogram of heroin (worth ~750 crore) along the coasts of Maldives and
Sri Lanka being traced back to Pakistani operatives.
worsening security situation in Afghanistan also impacts Indian security with
Al Qaeda continuing to assist Taliban in its campaign against Afghan security
forces. Add to this, the Islamic State Khurasan Province (ISPK), operating
around the Khyber pass area.
Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina has taken strong action against terror groups,
IS affiliated IS-BD also known as Neo Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) and
Al Qaida affiliated Ansarullah Bangla Team have been active on India’s eastern
front. These groups are radicalising young people to target minority
communities in Bangladesh, just as Pakistani deep state is fishing within the
Rohingya community using its sword arm Lashkar-e-Taiba . The JMB is not only active
in Bangladesh but has spread roots to West Bengal and the North-east.
2019 serial suicide bombings in Sri Lanka indicates the presence of highly
radicalised IS followers in the Island nation. Intelligence inputs indicate
that the growing radicalisation of Muslims, especially along the country’s
northern and eastern provinces, may be exploited by Pakistan-based groups and
Maldives, radical groups such as Jamaiytul Salaf have spread their roots across
several atolls. Nearly 200 Maldivians who travelled to the Syria-Iraq theatre
are now back in the littoral state and will pose a security challenge.
Communist Nepal has settled from the security perspective, it has become a
playing ground for both Chinese and Pakistani intelligence. The Himalayan
kingdom is used these days for pumping in fake currency to destabilise India at
the behest of Pakistan.
It is clear
that India has to be better prepared than it was 30 years ago.
Headline: India needs to stand guard as US leaves Afghanistan
Source: The Hindustan Times