Pakistan trying to create communal tensions in India ahead of state elections

Pakistan, failing to achieve desired goals in Kashmir, is trying to polarise atmosphere in India including creating communal tension ahead of Gujarat elections, according to experts who closely follow Islamabad’s India policy.

Pakistan is trying to create more trouble in India including communal tension ahead of the state elections, the experts said hinting at Gujarat polls. “They are trying their level best to set up their activities, using various devious means,” the experts who did not wish to be quoted said. Efforts are ongoing to create tension in Punjab as well.

Islamabad is trying its best to internationalise Kashmir, but not getting the required support, one the experts quoted above noted. Pakistan is fighting a lot of ‘unexpected’ internal troubles including in PoK, Gilgit Baltistan and the local opposition to the Pakistan-China economic corridor.

Meanwhile, experts pointed out that support for terrorists is waning in the Kashmir valley and tourism has been a record high in 2017.

The appointment of an interlocutor for Kashmir does not infer government shows the intent of the Centre to engage with the civil society groups in the state. The appointment of an interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma, comes at a time when local support for terrorism is on the decline.

While the government is anticipating further support for subversive activities from across the border, 66 ‘terrorists’ were killed till November this year who were tried to infiltrate across the Line of Control.

“The separatists getting exposed was an important development. People realized they are taking money from Pakistan and doing their own things. So people are willing to come forward and cooperate with the security agencies,” the experts said, in a reference to Hurriyat leaders taking being investigated by the NIA.

The experts claimed that the attack on local police has contributed to people losing faith in the terrorists and it has also energized the police forces in the state to step up their vigil.

Rafale deal:
Experts familiar with the Rafale fighter jet deal defended the NDA decision to give the contract for the 36 French-made jets arguing that it negotiated a better per unit price than the UPA regime and all procedures were followed before clearing the purchase. They said due process of clearance from the Cabinet Committee on Security was followed with active participation of then defence minister Manohar Parrikar. “The new G-to-G deal is better in every aspect, including the add on features. We had to go for it as an emergency measure as to create two squadrons for the Indian Air Force,” a strategic affairs expert said.

By: ET

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