The revival of the 2003 ceasefire accord on February 25 along the Line of Control has driven a deeper wedge between Pakistan and the Kashmir militant groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.
Barely had the ink dried on the revival of the accord following a conversation and a joint statement to top military officials of the two countries to stop firing along the LoC, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group was off the blocks to condemn the move, and reaffirm its commitment to Kashmiri Jihad sans Islamabad.
In fact, it accused Pakistan of “backstabbing” the cause of Kashmiri independence.
“Whether we like it or not, both Pakistan and Indian states have mutually degraded the resistance movement in Kashmir and Pakistan has been long trying to settle for the status quo, hence backstabbing the Kashmir’s cause of independence,” a statement by an individual called Khalid, Commander Khalid, Islamic Emirate of Kashmir Mujahideen Ghazwat Ul Hind, read.
The Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind is an Islamic terrorist jihadi organisation and Al Qaeda cell that is active in Kashmir. It was formerly led by Zakir Rashid Bhat also called Zakir Musa, who saw himself as part of a global jihad, which include Kashmir. Given its international outlook, the group on December 7, 2017 the group released a statement that condemned then US President Donald Trump’s declaration of moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In the same month, a video was released where a Kashmiri militant declared allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and declared a new ISIL Province in Kashmir.