However, over the decades, Terrorism has so deeply permeated itself, within the psyche of Pakistan Army as well as its Politico-administrative
setup, that the frenzied support of Pakistani public to it without, seems unimaginable. Over the decades, Radical Islam has been instituted as an inherent element of Pakistani society, and these terrorist groups are the spine of the successful Mullah-Military
governance in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot do without them.
Bottom line being the fact that Terrorist Groups are essential to the reign
of Mullah-Military nexus in Pakistan. Hence, to temporarily cease their face, from Kashmir’s terrorism landscape, and replace it with a new and unknown name, such as TRF may work, as it haD worked till now.
Divide and OverRule Sanctions
For Pakistan Army to remain
Relevant in Kashmir and in Pakistan
Not so long ago in 2017, Hizbul Mujahidin (HM) was factioned by the ISI, with another breakaway
coined under Terrorist Zakir Musa, who was named the head of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a newly fashioned cell of Al Qaeda. It is a well-known fact that by that time Pakistan had gained control of ISPK and was integrating it with the infrastructure it had
acquired from Al Qaeda. Walia-al- Hind was another project that ISI tried their hands on, as another gimmick, to regenerate enthusiasm in Kashmir Valley.
For the next two years, Zakir Musa was active and Kashmir was seen waving the Black flags of ISIS and Al Qaeda. Post-August 5 last year, things have been much subdued, with average Kashmiri looking towards a new horizon of empowerment, under
abrogation of Article 370.
With FATF sill behind its back, as well as waning popularity of protests and belief in Pakistani sponsored
terrorism, it was forced to get back to its old game of dumping the run downs and get a new flick on the Broadway.
Hence many armed
groups like TRF, Al-Fateh Tigers, Tehreek-i-Millat Islami (TMI), and JK Fighters Front (JKFF) have been given birth by the Pakistani ISI and Pakistan Army, in the region in the past few months. TRF having the support base of LeT cadres, have been tasked to
be the frontrunner, while coordinated cadre restructuring and sourcing has been done from other groups, like Hizb’s top commander Abbas Sheikh. They have carried out multiple attacks in the region and have been engaged actively on the ground by the security
LeT is managing the recruitment in TRF and even in the case of Sheikh who actually wanted to shift from Hizb to LeT was redirected
In one of its first statements, TRF claimed to be an “indigenous armed outfit” which has no affiliation with any other existing armed outfit in the region. It also refuted the claim of security agencies that saw it as an “offshoot”
These statements have always been coming out in past, when Pakistan Army’s such endeavors have been pointed out to the
FATF and other Terrorism watchdogs. Be it the creation of Ansar Ghazwat ul Hind from Hizb, Lashkar e Islam (LeI) from Hizb (in 2015) or Tehreek ul Mujahideen (TuM) being renamed as Walia-al- Hind of ISKP, all had parroted Pakistan Army’s ISI tune
of being “let down by Pakistan in support to Kashmir Terrorism“, of course, if FATF and anti-Terrorism are listening.
The FATF continuing Pakistan in the Gray list means its downgrading by IMF, World Bank, ADB, EU, and also a reduction in risk rating by Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch. This has worsened the financial problems of Pakistan since 2018, and especially
now wherein Pakistan is back with the begging bowl, seeking aid from all possible international avenues.
This is another dual purpose
effort by Pakistan Army, to put some life in otherwise dwindling Kashmiri sentiments towards Pakistan sponsored terrorism as well as to give another show of innocence and non-culpability in front of sanctions of FATF. Till such, that FATF eases on Pakistan,
Let and JeM have been lying low, to sail under the radar. Once Pakistan feels FATF is not looking this side, TRF, like many before shall fade away and Pakistan Army will be back with the old team.
However, India shall continue to make a stronger case at the Financial Action TaskForce (FATF), to get Pakistan blacklisted for terror financing and subletting the similar agenda. India shall highlight
LeT and Pakistan’s involvement in cultivating these new terror outfits like TRF with its links LeT, all handled by Pakistan.
Written By: Fayaz