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Change of guard in ISI, Pak will not give up terrorism in Kashmir

india Updated: Mar 11, 2012 19:18 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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Nothing is going to change in Jammu and Kashmir or rest of India. With the change of guard in Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence – Islamabad would continue its policy of ramping up terrorism in this state and other parts of the country.

ISI, the main driving force behind terrorism and building its infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, has got a new chief in Lt. Gen. Zaheer-ul Islam in place of Lt. Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha. “The individuals have changed, not the policy, even the doves become hawks,” said a senior intelligence official who had been monitoring the ISI’s activities and how it has been "bleeding India via Kashmir".

So far the ISI trained terrorists and have caused more than 50,000 killings in the state alone, besides playing a role in some of the most horrible attacks in rest of the country through Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba.

“It is very simple, in Pakistan those in power (civilian government) go by the dictates of the army chief and ISI,” said Ashok Bhan, former Director General of Police and intelligence chief of the state. “I don’t think that anything will change in Islamabad because of the change in the chair of the ISI chief,” Bhan told Hindustan Times.

Jammu and Kashmir, where peace dawned after more than two decades in 2011, is investing heavily in consolidation of peace for 2012 and beyond. “If we face any threat to that peace, it is because of the unchanged lethal intentions of Pakistan, its army and ISI,” a serving officer in a central intelligence agency on the condition of anonymity.

The announcement of the appointment of Lt. Gen. Islam as ISI chief on the retirement of Gen. Shuja on March 18, has probably taken into consideration the fact of the experience that he had as the deputy of ISI chief between 2008 and 2010.

Doubts, if any were there, the official spokesman of Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Basit on Friday made it clear that “Kashmir dispute is not on the back burner.” This assertion coincided with the announcement of the new ISI chief. “The meaning is all too clear,” the official said.

"The J&K dispute is about the people of Kashmir and their inalienable right to self-determination. Therefore, there is no question of freezing this issue or putting this core dispute on the backburner," Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman said on Saturday.

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