In yet another marker of Pakistan’s deleterious involvement in Kashmir, a terrorist from the Lashkar-e-Toiba was arrested on July 25 with a range of weapons. Communication equipment from Pakistan was also reportedly recovered from him. India responded by issuing a démarche to Pakistan on Tuesday for instigating cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. This instigation of violence has only worsened the ongoing unrest in the state.
According to the démarche issued, the captured terrorist had confessed to training in LeT camps and infiltrating India. “He was, thereafter, in touch with an ‘operations room’ of LeT, receiving instructions to attack Indian security personnel and carry out other terrorist attacks in India,” it added.
The Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was soon summoned by New Delhi. Reports indicate that the move to summon Basit came after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made provocative statements on the ongoing unrest in the Valley. He referred to slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a martyr and also made repeated calls for a plebiscite. Pakistan “strongly rejected” these accusations on Wednesday and questioned the veracity of India’s claim.
Successive Pakistani governments, in collusion with the armed forces and the Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), have used these extreme to pursue strategic aims in Kashmir, Afghanistan, and parts of Central Asia. Pakistan has constantly indulged in these double games to pursue their strategic objectives.
There is little India can hope to achieve without concrete legal action against terror elements and support from the international community. In the past decade, American officials have sought to pressure Pakistan into denying safe havens for insurgent groups involved in destabilising Afghanistan, especially the Taliban and its brutal offshoot, the Haqqani network. But that has not created the requisite incentive for Pakistan to give up its terror apparatus, especially with China around the corner.