The recent spurt in jihadi activities and rise in infiltration bids can be attributed to two factors. First, Jammu & Kashmir is busy preparing for Assembly election due in November this year. It stands to reason that terrorist and separatist organisations should try to disturb the election process. Defence Minister AK Antony, during his recent visit to the State, has warned that terrorist attacks could increase with the dates of the Assembly election in Jammu & Kashmir drawing nearer. The other factor for the rise of terrorism in the Valley could be the ongoing political instability in Pakistan, where the PPP is in power but not in control. The result is terrorist outfits led by Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Harkat-ul Mujahideen continue to operate with impunity -- and at times in connivance with sections of the Pakistani establishment, especially the ISI.
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By The Pioneer Edit Desk