Pulwama Attack raises questions on Pakistan’s ISI role, says US Expert

Pulwama Attack raises questions on Pakistan’s ISI role, says US Expert

The terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed’s involvement in Thursday’s devastating attack in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir had arisen serious questions regarding the role and involvement of Pakistan’s spy agency ISI (Inter-Service Intelligence) in the terror attack, said US experts.

Pakistan-based JeM or Jaish-e-Mohammed has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF personnel and many were severely wounded.  

The US experts claim that the terror attack shows the US has miserably failed to convince Pakistan to act against JeM and other terrorist outfits.

Former CIA analyst Bruce Riedel said that “the self-proclaimed involvement of JeM in the attack raises serious questions about the role of the ISI in supporting the masterminds of this operation.”

The terrorist attack has direct footprints inside Pakistan, creates the first major challenges to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Mr. Riedel said, who is presently a scholar at Brookings Institute think-tank.

PM Khan said, “This will be a real challenge for Imran Khan, the first serious challenge of his administration.”

During the previous Obama administration, former National Security Council Official Anish Goel said that “the horrific attack highlights just how actively Pakistan-based terrorist groups still operate in Kashmir.”

“By claiming such quick credit for the attack, Jaish-e-Mohammed is clearly indicating that they will continue to cause trouble in the region and stoke tensions between Pakistan and India,” added Mr. Goel.  

He continued that “in the wake of this attack, there will likely be increased pressure on Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi to take action against all terrorist groups still active in Kashmir.”

From the Council on Foreign Relations, Alyssa Ayres said that “Unfortunately, the attack also shows the limits of US and international policy efforts to date to persuade Pakistan to take serious action against these groups. The urgent question is what else the international community can do.”

From the US Institute of Peace, as per Moeed Yusuf, the present situation has all the making of a crisis in India-Pakistan. He further said, “Prime Minister Modi cannot take it lying down but Pakistan isn’t going to be able to absorb any Indian action either. Things are simply too tense between India and Pakistan.”

Ironically, the biggest discouragement to any risk in the presence of UAE’s Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed-Bin-Salman in the region said Mr. Yusuf.

He also noted that “Muhammad Bin Salman arrives in Pakistan on Friday and is coming to India too. His visit will be seriously overshadowed. The Saudi relationship is too important for either side to want that to happen.”

“I think the damage to India-Pakistan relations is going to be immense – even if the situation doesn’t escalate. The hope was that India and Pakistan will get back to talking after the elections in India later this year. I think the hawks on both sides are going to make it very difficult for that to happen now,” added Mr. Yusuf.

Scholar David Frawley noted that “Terrorist attacks as in Kashmir are not possible without an ideology or theology that justifies terrorism and brainwashes its followers that massacring others leads a person to paradise. The terrorist mindset must be removed along with the terrorist infrastructure on the ground.”

The recent terror attack is an example of how Pakistan’s intelligence services pursue to sponsor terrorist incursions into India, said Washington-based Hindu American.

The foundation said that “While it’s heartening to see that a wide swath of the international community is unequivocally condemning the attack, such statements of solidarity must be backed up by actions which help bring to an end the ability of such terrorist groups to kill with impunity and destabilize the region.”

Overseas Friends of BJP-USA in a statement demands the UN to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

It further said that “China should be ashamed of itself in blocking Masood Azhar’s ban at the UN. Indian diaspora demands that if Pakistan is sincere in seeking peace with India, it should arrest Maulana Masood Azhar and his cohorts and disband all terrorist organisations station in Pakistan,” adding that “Pakistan is a pariah nation anyhow and if it wants to exist in the real world, it should not play games, resort to lies, and abet terrorism. It should get rid of all terrorist organization from its soil.”

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