Political Initiatives vs Security Concerns
Notwithstanding the fluctuations in level of Pakistan orchestrated terrorism, the Valley continues to bleed India economically.
More than 42 terrorist training camps are still operational in POK which indicates that there is no dilution of intent on the part of the ISI to push terrorists into India. Intelligence reports also indicate that about 3,000 – 4,000 Kashmiris are waiting to cross over to Pakistan for terrorist training.
They have not crossed over due to the dire internal and external situation of Pakistan. Pakistan is unlikely to change its agenda regardless of the internal turmoil within the country. In such a scenario, the clamour in Kashmir's political class for the removal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) appears premature.
With the terror unleashed on Panchayat representatives by jihadi groups based in Pakistan and abetted by elements in the Valley, the situation can be described as dire, as it strikes at the very heart of Indian democracy.
Image: Activists of Jamaat-ud-Dawa shout slogans during a Kashmir solidarity day rally in Lahore on February 5, 2012.