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The long haul in Kashmir: Anantnag terror attack is proof that India can't fall for Pakistan's dialogue bait

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The terror attack in Anantnag on June 12 — claimed by al Umar Mujahideen, a terror organisation based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir — has blown to bits all talk of Pakistan finally starting to shut down the jihad factory thriving in that country with state sanction and operating with complete impunity.

An entirely specious argument was being flogged in India that Pakistan needed to be given its due now that "it has begun to take action against India-focused terror groups and freeze their assets". But the Anantnag attack has made it as clear as day that Pakistan has absolutely no intention of turning off the tap of terror. It might regulate it, even reduce the flow of terror, but will not shut the tap, not until it is left with no choice but to do so — and that time is a long way off.

They did it. Again: The Anantnag attack exposed Pakistan's lies on 'a crackdown on terror'. (Photo: Reuters)

The al Umar Mujahideen is led by Mushtaq Zargar — one of the three terrorists released by India following the hijacking of an Indian Airlines aircraft to Kandahar way back in 1999.

Ever since, Zargar aka Latram has been living in Pakistan-controlled territory. Although he was always a bit player in the terrorism that has been fostered on Kashmir, the fact that he is a Kashmiri makes him a useful asset for his Pakistani masters. Whenever things start to get tight for Pakistani jihadist terror groups, the standard operating procedure is to put forward a Kashmiri face and then claim before the world that the violence and terrorism being wreaked in Kashmir is an "indigenous freedom struggle".

By the late 1990s and early 2000s, the so-called Kashmiri terror groups, like JKLF and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), to name just two of a menagerie of jihadist outfits operating from inside Pakistan controlled areas of the state, had their backs broken by Indian security forces. At that time, the Pakistan-based groups, like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and smaller groups like Al Badr, did the kinetic operations but allowed HM, etc., to........

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