Widening chasm between ISI and separatists leaves Kashmiris wounded

International Desk
6 August 2020, Thu
Published: 06:33

Widening chasm between ISI and separatists leaves Kashmiris wounded

The recent developments within Pakistan’s notorious spy agency or Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) with regard to Kashmir policy, especially its approach to the Separatist camp, has instilled fear within the leaders. 

Separatist leaders from both parts of Kashmir are clueless as to why their mentors are taking a different course to the earlier stated policy and have apparently left them in a lurch. 

This has made them rethink if it was prudent to heavily depend upon Pakistan for some kind of save as they were answerable to the Kashmiris, whom they claim they represent.

The results for the past three decades have been dismal as it has led them nowhere except death and destruction. 

After using them during three decades long militancy, the Pakistan Generals have made them realize that they were mere pawns in the nefarious game played by Pakistan against India without caring for Kashmiris’ interests.

In the past, a few leaders amongst this group have, in private, acknowledged that Pakistan had the potential to upset their plans, but they did not expect it would come so soon and as a rude shock. 

Although their rational thinking alerted them about the recorded history of Pakistan betrayals, yet they got carried away by the slogans of ‘Azadi’ (freedom) and ‘self-determination’.

Now, at this juncture they are desperately struggling having reached a point of no return.
The posturing of ISI post August 5, 2019 has changed drastically. 

It had tremendous hopes that both the factions of Hurriyat would act swiftly in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere when the special status of the valley was revoked by the Indian government; that people would go for incessant protests and the youth would engage the Indian security forces, bringing normal life to stand-still. But nothing of the sort happened. 

Pakistan through its other proxies also did not succeed in any such attempt. It was rapidly losing both the turf and trust of Kashmiris.
The sheer frustration of Pakistan unfolded during the month of June when it first targeted Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The influence of one-time firebrand leader Geelani was waning within Pakistan quarters. 

His behavior was unbecoming for his masters since he had dissolved the set-up of Hurriyat in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (PoJK) in May 2020, citing non-implementation of certain hard decisions taken by him, apart from corrupt practices in the award of scholarships as the reason.

For those who are expecting this leadership to find a solution to vexed Kashmir problem, it is noteworthy that Kashmiri leaders were making tremendous amount of money out of the allocation of medical seats for Kashmiri students in Pakistan, reports the Singapore post

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