As many as 29 civilians have been killed in terror incidents this 12 months, with fairly a couple of of them occurring in the previous few weeks.
Overall, the Valley has witnessed 185 deaths as a consequence of terror in 2021 thus far, together with that of 134 terrorists.
The uptick in violence comes amid Pakistan-based terror teams like Jaish-e-Muhammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba boosting infiltration actions alongside the LoC.
The Resistance Front and Article 370 hyperlink
The assaults in the Valley have been claimed by a shadow outfit of LeT known as The Resistance Front or TRF.
Lashkar had deliberate that accountability for the terrorist acts could be taken by the pseudo-acronym TRF to take care of believable deniability and evade legislation enforcement companies.
After the abrogation of Article 370, the LeT handlers throughout the border devised a plan to drift the TRF through the use of its cadre and different terror teams.
The plan was to extend the fear-associated actions as a response to August 2019 adjustments.
J&Ok police sources mentioned that TRF is solely a smokescreen created by LeT to take care of deniability and venture terrorist assaults in J&Ok as an indigenous job.
NIA officers confirmed the identical.
“The TRF, which is an offshoot of LeT, has been created by Pakistan in an apparent bid to make terrorist groups in Kashmir look like indigenous ones. The group has been getting regular support from the neighbouring country,” mentioned officers in National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Moreover, it is additionally related to Pakistan’s efforts to avert a ‘blacklisting’ by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
An organisation of Kashmiri Pandits mentioned final week that the focused killings of minorities in Jammu and Kashmir is half of a terror plan to stop them from returning to the Valley.
A bloody previous
The latest spate of violence started on October 2 when a temple was desecrated in Anantnag.
On October 5, pharmacy proprietor Makhan Lal Bindroo was shot useless in his store in Srinagar and two days later a Sikh girl principal and a Kashmiri Pandit trainer have been killed inside the college premises.
The incidents not solely frightened minorities but in addition revived reminiscences of the Nineties when lots of of Hindus have been killed by terrorists and 1000’s of households fled the erstwhile state.
Coincidently, the incidents have elevated because the Taliban took energy in Afghanistan, though a transparent hyperlink is not sure.
The Valley had seen some its bloodiest years the final time Taliban have been in energy.
Following the Taliban’s seize of Kabul on August 15, India has been persistently flagging considerations over doable spillover of terrorist actions from Afghanistan to different international locations in the area.