Last week marked India’s 70th independence and “division” anniversary. India celebrated amid tensions on the borders between it and China. India protested on Bhutan’s behalf but China defied it and Bhutan kept silent. India’s economic boom did not hide the tensions in Kashmir as the situation there is dangerous now that people’s struggle shifted from calling for freedom to calling for “an Islamic caliphate.” This has worsened divisions between extremist Kashmiri groups and violence may escalate in the future between “the brothers in terrorism.”
It seems the situation there may lead to the return of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent which is looking forward to have a foothold in Kashmir and in India later as there are close interests between al-Qaeda and Kashmiri local groups that support an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir.
In June, Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent issued a “code of conduct” for its followers and called on other jihadist groups to vow loyalty to the Islamic State of Afghanistan. The code said: “We will work with jihadist groups that are independent from the influence of intelligence agencies in India, Bangladesh and Rakhine in Burma. In Pakistan, the goals are American interests, military and intelligence officials, policemen, Pakistan’s government and the infidels who oppress Muslims. In India and Bangladesh, the goals are police and army officials and chiefs of Hindus separatist organizations. In Burma, the goals are the army and armed Buddhist groups.”
Al-Qaeda may have seen a window of opportunity that it awaited for years to extend its presence in India.Huda al-Husseini