Statement of Lisa Curtis Before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs On Pakistan and Kashmir Print
Written by Lisa Curtis   
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 00:00

"There appear to be continuing links among lower-level Pakistani military and intelligence officials with Taliban and Kashmiri militant leaders, who in turn have links to al-Qaeda.

The Pakistan government has cut official ties to the Taliban and reined in infiltration of militants crossing the Line of Control from Pakistan into Indian-held Kashmir. However, Pakistan has refused to shut down training camps or to detain key terrorist leaders for longer than a few weeks at a time.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to murdering Daniel Pearl but members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM), a Pakistan-based terrorist group that focuses on fighting in Kashmir, kidnapped Pearl initially. Pakistan officially banned the JEM in 2002, but never formally charged its leader, Masood Azhar, with a crime. Indian security forces had captured Azhar in Kashmir in the early 1990s but were forced to release him in 1999 during a hostage swap.

Reports of links between those involved in the foiled London airliner bomb plot in mid-August and Pakistani terrorist groups that traditionally operate in Jammu and Kashmir further demonstrate the dangers of not cracking down forcefully on all terrorist and militant groups in Pakistan.

Demilitarization of Kashmir will be difficult to implement until Islamabad makes a firm commitment to end support for all militant violence in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian officials acknowledge that infiltration of militants across the LOC has declined considerably over the past couple of years, but they also note that the infrastructure supporting terrorism still exists in Pakistan. . . . Continuing militant violence on the Indian side of the LOC makes it unrealistic for India to consider a large-scale troop pullout from the Kashmir Valley."


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