03 August, 2021

One Bad Vacation

Kashmir's tourism sector is the target, with local boys as pawns

One Bad Vacation
Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has had a torrid first summer in Srinagar. Everyone in the Valley knows that militancy-linked violence is cyclic, but the new pattern of terror—targeting trade and tourism—is something Kashmir hasn't seen in recent years. Militant strikes had till now been largely directed at the security forces. But the five grenade attacks in the heart of Srinagar (July 11) which left eight dead, including six tourists from West Bengal, and injured 42 is a clear indication that the militants have zeroed in on new soft targets.

Also, the attacks occurred on the same day as the Mumbai serial blasts, so there's also a line of investigation to see if the two are linked. As of now, there is no specific intelligence to confirm this but the J&K police do say that terror networks have linked up in the broad sense in the past.

What is clear is that the militants are bent on hitting the average Kashmiri where it hurts the most. "It seems they have now decided to break the backbone of Kashmir's...

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