The conflict between ISJK and Hizbul Mujahideen and the Progressive Path for youths in J&K

WordForPeace Special Correspondent

There should be no room for complacency now. A strong and effective response in the wake of these jihadist rivalries implies an uncompromising stance against terror outfits. This should be a reminder to run counter to the destructive ideology of all hues, paving a progressive path for the youths…..

The current rivalry between the Pro-Pak and pro-Caliphate groups fighting for Kashmir’s ‘liberation’ shows that the caliphate ideology has captured the imagination of the gullible youths in the valley.

According to several reports, the Pakistan-backed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen had last month killed an Islamic State of Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) terrorist. Following the killing, the ISJK declared that the Pakistan-backed terror outfits in the valley were traitors to the cause of Islamic jihad. Al-Qaida’s global chief Ayman-al-Zawahiri recently announced that the jihad in Kashmir was for establishing Caliphate and that the valley needed to be freed from the clutches of Pakistan’s ISI and army.

As per the report, this new war began in 2014 when masked youth in Srinagar first began waving pro-Caliphate Islamic State flags. The idea of establishing Islamic Caliphate soon began to capture the minds of the militant youth of the valley.

A section of counter-terror experts ssuspect that Pakistan has been strategically holding back pro-Pakistan groups and paving way for pan-Islamist terror groups in J&K to create an impression that it has taken meaningful steps to end cross-border terrorism and it has nothing to do with Kashmir’s home grown Jihadi movement.

Remember how, in the 90s, hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front  militants got killed by tip-off provided by Hizbul Mujahideen. Today, the affiliates of ISIS and al-Qaida in Kashmir, ISJK or Wilayah-al-Hind and Ansar Ghazwat ul-Hind (AGuH) are now vying for the same space which once was a turf war between pro-azadi and pro-Pakistan groups. While Kashmir’s internal turmoil has now assumed the shape of a fight to dominate the Jihadi space in the region by the pro-Pakistani and pro-Caliphate terror groups,  it is an about time the local Kashmiri people restore their Kashmirityat, Jamhuriyat (democracy) and Wataniyat (nationhood) to safeguard the land from the catastrophic caliphate of the neo-ISIS cults.

There should be no room for complacency now. A strong and effective response in the wake of these jihadist rivalries implies an uncompromising stance against terror outfits. This should be a reminder to run counter to the destructive ideology of all hues, paving a progressive path for the youths.

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