Clear Signs Pakistan Behind 'townships' Stir In Jammu And Kashmir

3 May 2015
The Asian Age
Rajnish Sharma

New Delhi: Credible evidence available with Central intelligence and security agencies reveal that it is indeed Pakistan that has been directing separatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley to launch a massive agitation against composite townships for Kashmiri pandits. The intelligence agencies have told both the Centre and the J&K government that Pakistan has sent out a clear message through a network of underground workers linked with hardline separatist leaders in the Valley that they must keep up the pressure over the issue of special townships for the pandits. In fact, Pakistan and its Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency are trying to ensure that separatist leaders, and particularly the Hurriyat, launch a major agitation on the issue akin to a civil disobedience movement. Intelligence reports reveal that ISI operatives sitting across the border have pressed the panic button amid the possibility of the Mufti government starting a dialogue process with the separatists over the contentious issue. Both the Centre and the state government feel through negotiations separatist elements can be convinced that composite townships are the only way forward to ensure the pandits' safe return to the Valley. 'The fact that the Pakistan government has spoken out on the issue clearly proves that they are trying to instigate separatist elements... The statement by Pakistan confirms our suspicion that Hurriyat protests are Pakistan-sponsored,' a senior official said.