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Kashmir post 9/11

Srinagar
Sep 11, 2006:

As 9/11 changed the world order overnight and sent ripples across the globe, Kashmir was not spared the impact either. With an armed conflict in a Muslim dominated region seen by the west as part of 'Pan Islamic Jihad' the warring factions have been under the pulls and pressures of the changed world order. Shahnawaz Khan analyses the dynamics of post 9/11 era in Kashmir.

It is five years since 9/11 and the world has by now largely adapted to the changes the event brought in. As Afghanistan was bombed with international support and Iraq invasion met little resistance, Kashmir has been largely fortunate to remain off focus, but the pressure has always been there.

And like the rest of the world 9/11 triggered changes in Kashmir too, some prominent enough, others subtle.

While Kashmir Separatists would try to explain that Kashmir's was a 'freedom struggle' justifying violence was still a hard bet. Separatist groups denounced violence openly and guerrilla groups tried to distance itself from what the west called a 'Pan Islamic Jihad'.

India on the other hand found it beneficial to link Kashmir conflict to 'Islamic extremism' as to gain more international support. Pakistan, by now an ally in US 'war on terror' softened her stance on Kashmir.

“One of the changes after 9/11 was the demarcation made by separatist groups in Kashmir, barring a few, about violence,” said Arun Joshi, senior journalist.

“They knew the world concept about violence has changed after 9/11 and violence was no longer acceptable,” Joshi explains.

Harldine separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani views things differently.

"After 9/11 as US and its allies got an excuse to invade one country after another India also intensified suppression of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, “said Syed Ali Shah Geelani Chairman of the hard-line faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

“India succeeded in labeling our freedom struggle as terrorism and their troops did whatever they could to subjugate people without raising eyebrows in the international community,” he said

Geelani adds that in the changed world order “people fighting suppression are told to sit down and those who raise their voices against suppression are labeled as terrorists.” . . .


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