With the deadline of US troop’s withdrawal barely a month away and the increasing grip of the Taliban over Afghanistan, experts anticipate the “redeployment” of Pakistani terrorist groups like Lashkar- e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that have historically targeted India.
Writing for Asialyst, regional expert Olivier Guillard said that the redeployment would seriously undermine the aspirations of the Kashmiri population for peace and the desire of the Indian government to work for the sustainable development of the region. This security concern comes amid the second anniversary of the revocation of article 370. Around two years are about to pass since the historic decision took place and everyday life today has witnessed a return to normalcy.
“It should be noted in this regard that Jammu and Kashmir organized two local elections, in the fall of 2019 and the end of 2020, without these electoral political meetings being hampered by a crippling level of violence or minimal popular participation,” the writer added.
He further noted that initiatives taken by the Central government were not limited to the administrative and electoral fields alone. “The launch and implementation of various infrastructure projects accompanied the will of the central power to influence more favorably the very sensitive link between Srinagar and New Delhi.”
Guillard also pointed out that since August 2019, the level of violence has decreased significantly in the Kashmir Valley.