Kashmiri rebels to increase attacks on India post NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – Militants in Kashmir have threatened to launch “unprecedented” attacks against the Indian targets, and are preparing to deploy battle-hardened fighters in disputed Himalyan territory, where India and Pakistan have fought two wars, khaama press.

Head of the United Jihadi Council, Syed Salahuddin said with NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan next year, thousands of militants would move from across the country to Kashmir.

Salahuddin quoted by AFP said, “The coming months and years will see a tremendous surge in mujahedeen’s activities in Indian Kashmir.”

He said, “The encounter between mujahedeen and Indian forces will enhance to an unprecedented level. The increase in attacks will be enormous and Indian forces will face huge losses.”

Thousands of people, mostly civilians have been killed in the Indian-held portion of Kashmir since 1989 in rebel groups fighting for the independence or its merger with Pakistan.

According to AFP, separatist ranks had swelled with foreign “jihadi” fighters from Arab countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan in mid-1990′s. Many of them were veterans of the 1980s war against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, which ultimately gave birth to Al-Qaeda.

Militants in Kashmir are saying that the conflict in Kashmir is increasingly out of Pakitan’s control, and they no longer need the clandestine support of the Pakistani secuirty establishment.

Uzair Ahmed, a militant with the Hizb-ul-Mujahedeen group quoted by AFP said, “Kashmiri youths realise that they should now rely on themselves.”

He said, “The attacks on Indian forces by Kashmiri mujahedeen have already been enhanced during the last three to four months… and the coming three-four years will be very difficult for the Indian forces.”

Abdul Aziz Alvi, the Kashmir head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), blacklisted as a terror organisation by the United Nations and United States, said the militants command wide support.

“We, the citizens of Pakistani Kashmir, will also provide them support, whatever they require from us, because fighting to free our homeland is our basic duty,” he told AFP.

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