Pakistan has been indulging in covert activities for long and terming terrorists as activists. Be it terrorists who are engaged in war with India over Kashmir or Taliban fighters who are carrying strikes in Afghanistan. Every country sustains on its own resources and Pakistan’s main resource is terrorism. Outgoing High Commmissioner of Pakistan to India Abdul Basit has been giving sermons on resuming Indo-Pakistan dialogue while seeking assurance from India that if the talks resume New Delhi should not disrupt it on any pretext may be Pathankot or any other terror act. He also urged Indian leadership to muster the courage and political will to find solution to the problems like Jammu and Kashmir dispute must be resolved first, then terrorism and other issues.
Basit even defended Hizbul Mujahideen Chief Syed Salahuddin by criticising the United States for branding the former a ‘terrorist’and said that Salahuddin was struggling for right to self-determination of Kashmiris.”Whatever he is doing, which is also seen in Pakistan and J&K, is a struggle for the right to self determination,” Basit said, adding that Pakistan does not consider Salahuddin as a terrorist. ”We don’t agree with him being a global terrorist and also criticize the decision on part of the United States as well,” he said.
Salahuddin, a leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen,is the most wanted terrorist by National investigation Agency as he vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.”
Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan known as the Pakistan Taliban has been operating from the tribal areas of FATA along the Afghan border has issued a call to start jihad in Kashmir and attack Indian security forces.TTP’s primary target is the Pakistani state and its military and is against the civilian government in Pakistan.
The Pakistani Taliban has long taken credit for an extensive list of assaults on civilians and the military in Pakistan. Now as Basit advised India not to talk on terrorism while holding India-Pakistan dialogue , New Delhi should as well advise Pakistan to hold talks with TTP rather than acting militarily on them. Talking about Hafiz Saeed who is the co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and the most wanted terrorist by Indian authorities in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Basit said that activist Saeed was put under house arrest but was released due to lack of evidence.
Earlier today, the Punjab government in Pakistan issued a notification to extend the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, and his four aides for two more months.
On January 31, Saeed and his four close aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain) were placed under house arrest by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.
Afterwards, their house arrest was extended for another 90 days, and expired on July 27 last month.
The Indo-Pak peace process came to an abrupt halt after the Pathankot terror attack in 2016. Since then, bilateral ties have worsened and entered into a period of uncertainty.
Pakistani Taliban believe it must protect Islamic countries from “infidel invaders” and wants US troops to leave Afghanistan. TTP is also against civilian government in Pakistan but the government held tentative peace talks with the TTP in 2014 but it suspended them after two attacks around Pakistan’s largest airport in Karachi in June.
Since then, Pakistan’s military has been conducting a ground offensive aimed at clearing out TTP and other militants in the loosely-governed tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan. The campaign has displaced tens of thousands of people.