Rift Among J&K Militant Outfits Deepens
6 September 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: As India and Pakistan disagreed on the perceptions of the Kashmir problem on Monday, the rift between local militant groups in the Valley and terrorists from across the border has erupted into open warfare. A simmering hostility between indigenous Kashmiri azadi activists and those trained in camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and funded by Pakistani money could spiral into a new round of inter-group fighting in Jammu and Kashmir with four of the 12 militant organisations threatening to launch jihad against pro- Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). Intelligence reports suggested the rivalry between local and Pakistani militants had been there for long over ill-treatment of the local Kashmiri people. Of late PoK or Pakistani militants had resorted to slitting of throats and chopping of ears, nose and tongue, they added. The rift deepened with foreign groups like Al-Badr and Lashkar-e-Taiba increasing extortions to meet their increasing requirements and refusing to share the spoils with local militants, an intelligence officer told TNN. A little known local news agency, Current News Service, meanwhile, claimed that a joint statement issued by four pro-Pak outfits - Jaish-e- Mohammad, Harkatul Mujahideen, Al-Badr and Hizbi Islami - have blamed HM militants for killing three Al-Badr militants at Arwani in Bijbehara of Anantnag district on September 1 following an altercation over money transactions.