India Intelligence Report

   Kashmir Blast Targets Political Rally



  • Terrorists target NC political rally killing former MLA and injuring former Minister

  • CM claims that infiltration has increased 4 times

  • Security forces say that ISI has resumed massive funding fearing that the peace process may work

Terrorists targeted a political rally by moderate National Conference party in Anantnag district of Jammu & Kashmir by hurling a grenade killing 5 people, including a former legislator, and injuring 60 others. The NC Anantnag district president and former Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ghulam Nabi Dar and a former Minister Ms Sakina Ittoo were leading a rally celebrating the grant of district status to Kulgam when the terrorist lobbed the grenade. Dar died in the hospital while Ittoo was injured. The condition of 5 others was critical.

Ittoo was advised by police not to divert from her scheduled route and apparently this direct was not followed as NC workers stopped her and took her to a different town. Her father was a former Speaker of the Assembly and was assassinated by terrorists in 1990. Ittoo has so far survived 6 attempts on her life since the last elections 3 years ago.

Dar was a former MLA from Kulgam constituency twice in the past. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1977 and re-elected in 1983.

Terrorist attacks have grown sharply this year following intelligence that infiltration has grown up radically. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad claims that the infiltration has gone up 4 times. A recent top-level security review  found there is increased activity and material funding from Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to bring the level of terrorist activity to the 1989 levels. They attributed the increased ISI funding to fears of success of the peace process.

In a recent television interview former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto claimed that use of foreign terrorists, increased terrorist activity, and overt state-sponsorship of terrorism happened after she left power and specifically during the tenure of President Pervez Musharraf. While conceding that her regime had taken a hard line stance when in power, she rejected the suggestion that it was only the Army that can negotiate peace in Kashmir. She accused the Army of encouraging the ISI and operating as a state within a state.

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