The month of February shall remind Indians that another phase of jihadi terrorism has entered in the already existing Pakistan-sponsored proxy war in Kashmir. The suicide attack on CRPF policemen who were travelling in a bus from Jammu to Kashmir sent shock waves among countrymen. This despicable terror attack shook the common Indians to disbelief, but at the same time, it narrowed the scope of any rapprochement or soft paddling of the issue of Jihadi terrorism on Indian soil.
For long, the evil state Pakistan had been recruiting and motivating Kashmiri youths to attain political goal through terrorism. They use this tool to dismember the Indian State. The reason for soft Indian response all these years is due to various reasons. Indian policy makers, politicians and some security experts have no idea of how to tackle such a menace on Indian soil. The reasons are not far to seek. Some of these are discussed here.
Terrorism has three stages
Stage 1. Incubation – Wherein the idea of separatism and its frame work is prepared, and necessary doctrine created along religious lines to give it a necessary legitimacy.
Stage 2. Propagation – When the recruiters look for potential targets and implore them to join their ranks to carry out their terror agenda. It is here that the complete brain-washing of the new recruits is done and they are indoctrinated as per the terror manual which most of the time is a leaf from the Wahhabi teachings.
Stage 3. Manifestation – It is here that the terrorist is asked to carry out the terror attack on the targets which are identified by their recruiters. It is at this stage that the counter response by armed forces is delivered, either by neutralizing them or by apprehending them and later tried by the law of the land. However, it is pertinent to mention that there are no laws to prevent stage 1 and stage 2 threats which culminate into stage 3 activity. Off late, Indian policy makers and the think-tanks have not made any in-depth policy frame work or laws to prevent these stages. Infact, India is bleeding because we have been mostly reactive to the situations when some terror has struck us and as a nation we feel outraged.
Jihad in Kashmir
Terrorism in valley started in early 1990 when almost 5 lakhs Kashmiri Pandits were ethnically cleansed by premeditated and politically motivated Jihad-inspired violence. The perpetrators targeted Hindu civilians through various Jihadi organs of which Stage 1 actors, like Jaamat -e- Islami, Ahle Hadis and others prepared the ground for years by indoctrinating the population and making them ready to conduct an armed jihad against India. Terrorism in Kashmir thus has a full jihadi strategy in place which creates violence, fear and disruption, with the aim to balkanize the Indian nation. It is this radical teaching by over-ground organizations who are waging a full scale war against India by recruiting the youth/ others in their ranks and later indoctrinating them with the concept of Jihad. It is this mindset which has permeated in civil society of Kashmir and the example of which was seen by whole nation when the Kashmiri Muslim youths were seen celebrating the martyrdom of brave CRPF jawans on various social media platforms or in their homes.
GOI needs to be applauded that they have taken an important step in banning JeI. However, its sister organisation like Ahhl e hadis and its over-ground organization, like Hurriyat also needs to be banned and all separatists put in Indian jails in different parts of the country. Govt. needs to adopt proactive approach and preempt the enemy moves if it is serious about nation’s security.
Tangible Cost on Enemy
Peace shall elude India till a heavy cost of terrorism in not imposed on Pakistan. With Pulwama attack the constituency of peace has receded, and the collective resolve of the nation to finish the terror factories in Pakistan has been displayed to the world. Now, the various steps need to be taken to put Pakistan under constant diplomatic pressure and ensure that the world powers like USA, EU, and Arab countries use their influence and monitor Pakistan till its terror factories are shut down. The other effort would be to make world powers agree that Pakistan needs to disband the army. It is the military, mullah and militant nexus in that country who are running the show. It is, therefore, important that India convince the world powers that no military aid is given to Pakistan and a time bound military disengagement is done. The third important step is to raise financial cost on Pakistan by bleeding them financially. All steps must be taken to stop any financial aid to it. India must send a message to world business community for not engaging them. Infact, India must discourage companies who are having business interest with Pakistan. India must also stop any sports ties. All these steps need to be taken at multiple levels so that the evil state is bled from all sides. We must understand that Pakistan is unlikely to change its basic philosophy of inflicting thousand cuts on India and, therefore, the rules of engagement with that country need to reframed keeping our long-term strategic interest in mind, i.e.,to secure our nation from the rogue state.
On 26th Feb India crossed the Rubicon as it overcame the self-imposed restraint by launching the much-needed Air Strike across terror camps in Pakistan. The Strike in no uncertain terms sent a message to Pakistan that such military response from India would be again executed if policy of terror is not abandoned. The Balakote strike is important as it is for the first time that a nuclear state has conducted an air strike against other nuclear armed state, thus calling the Pakistani bluff.As expected, Pakistan denied such a strike killed anyone. The subsequent air intrusion by PAF and thwarting of its designs by the IAF needs to be applauded. The manner in which Wing Commander Abhinandan chased F-16 and struck down the enemy aircraft is an example for the nation. The subsequent poise and composer with which Abhinandan conducted himself during his captivity made him a Hero of every India. We salute the spirit of our armed forces.
Sunil Raina Rajanaka