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Pakistan using non-state actors as proxies in Kashmir Valley to stir trouble: Human rights activist Amjad Ayub Mirza

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 31 May 2020 Print

Pakistan using non-state actors as proxies in Kashmir Valley to stir trouble: Human rights activist Amjad Ayub Mirza

Glasgow: Glasgow-based human rights activist Amjad Ayub Mirza has said Pakistan is using its non-state actors as its proxies in the Valley of Kashmir to stir disturbance.

"The use of non-state actors by Pakistan Army to forward its evil and hegemonic territorial expansionist designs is not a new phenomenon," he wrote in his article for ANI.

"At its inception in August 1947, it only took two months for the Pakistan army to mobilise a tribal Lashkar led by Pakistan military officers to attack Jammu and Kashmir. The attack was conducted under the false pretext that Hindus in the Valley have begun to massacre Muslims who have risen in revolt against the then 'Hindu' Maharaja Hari Singh," he said.

"From Hurriyat Conference to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and from Lashkar-e-Toiba to Jaish-e-Muhammad and most recently The Resistance Front, Pakistan persistently has been recruiting, training, funding and facilitating terrorist infiltration across the world including the Valley of Kashmir," he said.

In order to distance herself from `jihadi' terrorism, the Pakistan Army has come up with the idea of setting up new seemingly 'non-terrorist' political organisations as well as camouflage terrorist personalities with different roles,  Amjad Ayub Mirza said.

He said the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) assessment is a key factor and wrote: "One of the reasons that Pakistan has been put off the grey list of anti-terror funding, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), is its inability to present enough evidence regarding her efforts in curbing jihadist terrorism. "

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) would be reviewing Pakistan’s performance in meeting its commitments to check terror financing and money laundering at the body's next meeting slated to be held in Beijing on June 21-26.

The FATF had strongly urged Pakistan to complete its action plan by June 2020 otherwise it would be moved to the list of 'monitored jurisdiction' also known as 'blacklist'.

Pakistan was placed in the grey list in June 2018 particularly for its poor record to check terror financing. The move by the FATF was supported by India, US, UK and some European countries.

Speaking of camouflaging terrorist personalities, the human rights activist said: "One such organisation is the newly formed organisation, the so-called non political 'The Resistance Front' (TRF) in Kashmir Valley. However, it is already in public knowledge that the TRF is a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit initiated by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Gestapo of Pakistan. One individual by the name of Ehsan Ullah Ehsan is now being groomed by Pakistan as its new accomplice in role in global jihad."

"My assessment is that Ehsan Ullah is still under the patronage of the Pakistan Army / ISI and his criticism of Pakistani establishment is part of a well-planned strategy by the Pakistan army and the ISI. It seems they are making an effort to establish Ehsan Ullah's credibility as an anti-Pakistan figure and later use him to discredit the present Afghan government by claiming the latter's involvement in violent activities in Pakistan," he said.

"The Resistance Front and Ehsan Ullah Ehsan are fresh examples of terrorism manufactured and exported by Pakistan army, which has a proxy for all seasons," he said.