Pakistan lowers budget aid to Kashmir terror outfits

With trade relations between India and Pakistan improving in the last few years, Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has been forced to slash the budget of Kashmiri terror organisations by half due to which the violence in Jammu and Kashmir has declined sharply, according to Indian Intelligence.

Sources told Deccan Herald that only Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) terror outfits have cadres and capacity to strike in Kashmir.

“While Jamiat-e-Islami Pakistan is funding the HM, the LeT is being provided financial support by Jamaat-ud-Dawa. It is only due to the support of these organisations that HM and LeT are still active in Kashmir and carrying out odd strikes against security forces,” they revealed.

The LeT particularly, they said, has been collecting funds in the form of donations from wealthy persons, including Kashmiri businesspersons and several Pakistan expatriate communities in the Middle East and Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, Islamic non-governmental organisations and Pakistani business families.

United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella of terror groups operating from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) had recently warned Pakistan against granting Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. The UJC chief, Syed Salahuddin, had said that they were fighting Pakistan’s war in Kashmir “but Islamabad now cares more about trade than jihad.”

“We are fighting Pakistan’s war in Kashmir and if it withdraws its support, the war would be fought inside Pakistan,” he had warned.

A senior Army officer posted in this frontier district of north Kashmir said that off late, Pakistan Army has to a large extent stopped supporting infiltrators to cross Line of Control.

“In early July this year, a group of about 20 militants was about to infiltrate from POK in Nowgam sector of Kupwara and when we came to know, we conveyed it to our Pakistani counterparts. They ensured that the infiltrators didn’t cross LoC,” he said.

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