03 August, 2021

The Risks Of Divide-To-Integrate

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The Risks Of Divide-To-Integrate

Repression in Kashmir and Zionist occupation of Pale­s­tinian territories are always considered exemplars of how Muslims are subjected to indignities and human rights violations. Two statements by the Organisation of Islamic Coo­peration (OIC) showed deep disquiet over Kashmir—a concern also voiced by terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (IS), besides the Kashmir-centric mili­tant groups. There is unanimity among political and militant Isla­mist organisations that its division into two entities, under tighter repressive central control, is an insult to the only Muslim-majority state in India. Thus Kashmir may receive priority attention in future, coa­lescing militant efforts, as we saw in the past when groups went through cyclical shifts, vacillating between conflict and cooperation.

While Ayman al-Zawahari exhorted Muslims to inflict “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army and government, the IS (Khorasan) saw “fertile ground” in Kashmir for their future subversion. That Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi...

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