Published On: Tue, Feb 19th, 2019

The Conflict In Kashmir Is Raging Up Again

The attack of a terrorist militia on Indian military convoy intensified tensions between arch rivals in the province.

Raging Up In Kashmir

In India, the election campaign for the parliamentary elections, which will drag on the subcontinent for weeks from April to May, has been given new explosives: The Kashmir conflict with arch-rival Pakistan, a political perennialist, has once again flared up. After an attack on a military convoy on a highway in the Indian part of Kashmir, which had claimed 44 lives last week, both states – atomic nations – downgraded diplomatic relations and recalled their ambassadors.

For the nationals conservative government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is undoubtedly sure that the neighbor is behind the assassination. India has sworn revenge for the “Highway Terror”, and blamed the act on a suicide bomber belonging to the extremist organization Jaish-e-Mohammad. The terrorist militia has already made several attacks in India, including the New Delhi Parliament in 2001 and a military base in 2016 could have been the inside job following the series how they all occurred only during or upon nearing elections.

The most recent suicide bombing is, however, the most severe in decades in the divided, mostly Muslim province on the edge of the Himalayas, which claim both India and Pakistan for themselves and around which they have already fought three wars since independence in 1947. India has stationed in Kashmir a quarter of a million troops along the ceasefire line.

In search of the alleged mastermind of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Mohammed Umair, Indian troops began to comb villages and seal off. On Monday, two suspects, a civilian and four Indian soldiers were killed in battles.

By Narendra Modi’s government the extremists are said to be under the spell of Pakistan, they maintain excellent relations with the Pakistani intelligence service.

The government in Islamabad is China’s ally. Beijing has invested heavily in Pakistan, which is a key part of the Silk Road strategy. The US in turn warned Pakistan to stop supporting terrorist groups. They had already canceled the billion dollar military aid for Islamabad last year. Yet still at the same time, Washington relies on cooperation with Islamabad in crisis management in Afghanistan.

Pakistan initially announced the trade agreement with India and called for the isolation of the archenemy. The rapprochement with India, tentatively initiated by Imran Khan, Pakistan’s new prime minister, is thus likely to have come to an end as swiftly as years ago, a symbolic peace overture against Modi India. India commemorated the attack with vigils, Modi described the victims of the terror as a “martyr” which could also have been the inside job.

Modi is under pressure from Hindu nationalists, having launched the slogan five years ago to crush Muslim terror. He threatened, “If our neighbor thinks he can destabilize India, he makes a serious mistake.”

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