In recent months, there’s been a reported increase in militant activity and attacks according to India.
This is allegedly a result due to the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan. New Delhi claims that “Pakistan-based terrorist groups” are preparing for a major push on Jammu and Kashmir.
On November 19th, Indian security forces recovered communications devices from four killed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) members at Ban toll plaza.
“Pakistan-based terrorist groups have become especially active after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and have been preparing for a major drive in Jammu and Kashmir, according to intelligence reports. The reports add that terrorist group Lashar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) is mobilizing cadre from its Chelabandi camp in Muzaffarabad to fresh locations in Neelum Valley across the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. The Hizbul Mujahideen is training nearly 400 cadre at a newly constructed facility in forest area of Oghi in Khyber-Paktunkhwa (KPK). The Al Badr group is exploring ways to infiltrate into India from Bangladesh after security forces have turned the heat on infiltration across LoC in Kashmir.”
These reports took place just days before three suspected militants were killed by Indian security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on December 9th.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Tikken area of Pulwama district in the early hours of December 9th following information about presence of militants there, a police official said.
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Initial reports were of 2 killed militants.
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And to exacerbate the situation further, there are reports that after Libya and Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey is planning on deploying militants to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Syrian Hawar News Agency (ANHA) said on November 9 that Turkey is preparing to deploy Syrian militants in the AJK, where they will fight as mercenaries against India.
“Turkish intelligence instructed the mercenaries of the Sultan Suleiman Shah Brigade to prepare a list of 100 mercenaries, who will undergo a training course in the Turkish city of Mersin in preparation for deployment in Kashmir where they will fight against India,” the ANHA said, citing sources familiar with the matter.
According to the ANHA, the Turkish intelligence promised the mercenaries a monthly salary of up to $3,000 during the deployment in Kashmir.
The reports on the deployment of Syrian mercenaries in Kashmir were denied by the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan and the president of the AJK.
“India’s propaganda is rubbish and a crude attempt to undercut Turkey’s political and diplomatic support for Kashmiris struggling against Indian oppression and tyranny. It won’t happen,” said AJK President Sardar Masood Khan.
Regardless, if even a part of this is true, it could be possible that an escalation is possible in Jammu and Kashmir, between Pakistan and India, with two countries with quite significant arsenals.
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