TITLE

Unstoppable

AUTHOR(S)
Ansari, Massoud
PUB. DATE
March 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;3/8/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 8, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author claims that Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's pledge to the U.S. to crack down on Kashmir militants is insincere, as controlling these groups is almost impossible. In a safehouse in Islamabad last month, a senior official from InterServices Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's powerful domestic and foreign intelligence agency, had quietly gathered the ringleaders of many militant organizations committed to guerrilla warfare in Kashmir. Pakistan's government has decided to stop supporting militants crossing the border into Indian-held Kashmir, the ISI man told the angry crowd. In fact, he said, Islamabad may even officially designate some of their groups as terrorist organizations. Publicly, President Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani leadership have told the world the same thing. For now, the militants have gone quiet, temporarily refraining from larger-scale terrorist attacks in Kashmir. But Pakistan's army and intelligence apparatus has grown so close to Kashmir militants that it is almost impossible for the government to genuinely crack down. And, even if the government does try, the jihadis won't go quietly into the night. Over the past two years Musharraf has, at least cosmetically, taken a harder line against the jihadis--in part because of pressure from the United States. Washington previously saw Kashmir as an India-Pakistan problem but now worries that many Kashmir militants are linked to Al Qaeda. Instead of going away, many militants have focused their rage on Musharraf.
ACCESSION #
12390221

 

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