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    Default Infiltration?

    Ray,

    From afar I am puzzled that infiltration is a current problem. As another thread attests to Azad Kashmir based militants are not crossing the Line of Control; there was a report in late 2012 four had. I had read awhile ago that Pakistan had heavily restricted activity.

    What is the level of activity?

    The other thread is:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...t=15691&page=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    Ray,

    From afar I am puzzled that infiltration is a current problem. As another thread attests to Azad Kashmir based militants are not crossing the Line of Control; there was a report in late 2012 four had. I had read awhile ago that Pakistan had heavily restricted activity.

    What is the level of activity?

    The other thread is:http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/...t=15691&page=2
    Infiltration is on all the time.

    It waxes and wanes, but it continues all the time.

    Of late the Pakistanis have been repeatedly violating the ceasefire and so, maybe India retaliated.

    It is all a part of life on the LC.

    The actual numbers are not released and in fact played down because the Govt is on a policy to defuse the animosity and build bridges.

    It has succeeded to some extent, though some doubt it and think it is a sell out to Pakistan.
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    Default Calm in winter, not now on LoC

    First the BBC reports a second clash, this time with Pakistani troops crossing the LoC, with two dead Indian soldiers:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20945842

    Twitter has unconfirmed reports that: a) one soldier's head removed and is missing, other body also mutilated; b) the Pakistani soldiers were from the SSG (SOF) and c) from Jason Burke (from The Observer):
    Three possible reasons for clash. 1 hot headed commanders in sector, 2. tactical aim to infiltrate militants where no snow. 3 Pak Army wants to stir up eastern frontier to bolster domestic credentials and give Washington a fright.
    Just great, one can only hope for a blizzard to descend upon the LoC and freeze both sides.
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    IF even 50% of various accounts (like this one, most detailed yet: http://www.telegraphindia.com/113010...p#.UOziJ47R1SU ) are true we most likely had usual ### for tat shenanigans until yesterday, but beheading is a definite extreme provocation. If that is what happened (that persons in Pak army uniforms crossed the border and beheaded one or maybe two Indian soldiers) then possibilities would include:
    1. Hot-headed local commander
    2. Hot-headed (and extremely provocative) move by the high command
    3. Cold blooded high command move to escalate tensions in the cause of some domestic priorities (set stage for new caretaker regime? derail excessive Indo-Pak bonhomie from the civilian regime?). All of these options sound insane, but you never know.
    4. Jihadi false-flag operation? After all, they carry out operations wearing Pak army uniforms all the time within Pakistan. Why not

    Are there other possibilities?

    3 would seem to be the real danger here. The rest can all blow over eventually.

    What do people think?

    Btw, from a military professional point of view, this will probably lead to a serious inquiry on the Indian side. If a pakistani soldier was killed 2 days ago, one would expect the opposing army to be extra alert. To get 2 soldiers killed can happen to any unit on military duty in hazardous zones, but to have the attackers behead them and take the heads away? that doesnt look good.

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    That comment grew into this blog post about escalation on the LOC

    http://www.brownpundits.com/2013/01/...ne-of-control/

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    First the BBC reports a second clash, this time with Pakistani troops crossing the LoC, with two dead Indian soldiers:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20945842

    Twitter has unconfirmed reports that: a) one soldier's head removed and is missing, other body also mutilated; b) the Pakistani soldiers were from the SSG (SOF) and c) from Jason Burke (from The Observer):

    Just great, one can only hope for a blizzard to descend upon the LoC and freeze both sides.

    The niggling issue is the beheading of the head and carrying back by the Pakistanis.

    This is what may cause an issue because the Pakistanis had mutilated an officer they captured and killed during the Kargil War and which has been hotly debated in India and the Govt is being pressurised to take up the case since mutilation and torture apart from contravening the Geneva Convention is also an insane and inhuman act.

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    Default Clarity (partial)

    The Indian military spokesman, with my emphasis:
    The body of one of the soldiers was found mutilated in a forested area on the side controlled by India...(he) denied Indian media reports that one body had been decapitated and another had its throat slit..
    The Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman:
    Two Indian soldiers were killed in the attack and their bodies subjected to barbaric and inhuman mutilation.
    Well I suppose that counts for clarity Indian style!

    Back to my question and Ray's answer on activity along the LoC:
    Firing and small skirmishes are common along the 740-km (460-mile) LoC despite a ceasefire that was agreed in 2003.

    However, incursions by troops from either side are rare. Retired Indian army Brigadier...said Tuesday's incident - about 600 metres from the de facto border - marked the most serious infiltration since the ceasefire was put in place.
    Link:http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/0...90802T20130109
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbfpo View Post
    The Indian military spokesman, with my emphasis:

    The Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman:

    Well I suppose that counts for clarity Indian style!

    Back to my question and Ray's answer on activity along the LoC:

    Link:http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/0...90802T20130109
    Project Pakistan is Prime Minister's pet desire of his lifetime wherein there is peace and amity at all costs.

    That is why even after 26/11 (Mumbai), the peace initiative continued inspite of national anger.

    The military has to ensure that they do not contradict the Govt plans by stating anything that appears out of sync.

    The Deputy GOC of the Div on Indian TV was categorical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omarali50 View Post
    IF even 50% of various accounts (like this one, most detailed yet: http://www.telegraphindia.com/113010...p#.UOziJ47R1SU ) are true we most likely had usual ### for tat shenanigans until yesterday, but beheading is a definite extreme provocation. If that is what happened (that persons in Pak army uniforms crossed the border and beheaded one or maybe two Indian soldiers) then possibilities would include:
    1. Hot-headed local commander
    2. Hot-headed (and extremely provocative) move by the high command
    3. Cold blooded high command move to escalate tensions in the cause of some domestic priorities (set stage for new caretaker regime? derail excessive Indo-Pak bonhomie from the civilian regime?). All of these options sound insane, but you never know.
    4. Jihadi false-flag operation? After all, they carry out operations wearing Pak army uniforms all the time within Pakistan. Why not

    Are there other possibilities?

    3 would seem to be the real danger here. The rest can all blow over eventually.

    What do people think?

    Btw, from a military professional point of view, this will probably lead to a serious inquiry on the Indian side. If a pakistani soldier was killed 2 days ago, one would expect the opposing army to be extra alert. To get 2 soldiers killed can happen to any unit on military duty in hazardous zones, but to have the attackers behead them and take the heads away? that doesnt look good.
    Omar, it is somewhat disappointing to see that even educated Pakistanis like yourself believe that it was a ### for tat retaliation by PA. IA has nothing to gain from ceasefire violation unlike PA. If there is, please enlighten me.

    PA on the other hand is well known for such barbarism.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajay_Ahuja

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saurabh_Kalia

    Two of the many examples out there.

    Despite these incidences IA buried Pak soldiers with due respect when PA refused to accept the bodies.

    I was just watching Salman Khurshid's (Minster External affairs) interview. For half an hour he kept repeating the rhetoric. Fuc**** moron.

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    Default Grannie moves house which leads to clashes

    We all know a spark can cause a conflagration, if this report is true "It was grannie that done it".

    Indian bunker construction on the northern reaches of the Line of Control — initiated after a grandmother crossed into Pakistan-administered Kashmir to be with her sons — sparked off a spiral of violence.....Early in September, 70-year old Reshma Bi, left the village of Charonda, near Uri, to live with her sons and grandchildren across the Line of Control....appeared to have left in the hope of living out her last years with her family.
    Link:http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/....co%2FNnMvH7SX
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    An Indian commentary on the potential crisis in Kashmir, on the wider context and concludes:
    Pakistan has suffered far more deaths in sectarian violence and terrorist incidents than India. In 2012, they lost more than 6,000 lives compared to India, which saw about 800 deaths. This alone should have compelled them to clamp down on the non-state actors working as death merchants.
    Link:http://www.sunday-guardian.com/analy...scopic-as-ever
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    Default Some insight on a small war

    Thanks to a "tweet" from a lurker:
    In classified protests to a United Nations watchdog that have never been disclosed till now, Pakistan has accused Indian soldiers of involvement in the torture and decapitation of at least 12 Pakistani soldiers in cross-Line of Control raids since 1998, as well as the massacre of 29 civilians......Ever since 9/11,” a senior Pakistan army officer told The Hindu, “we have sought to downplay these incidents, aware that a public backlash [could] push us into a situation we cannot afford on the LoC.
    Link:http://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa...cle4358199.ece

    Some fascinating comments on communication within each country, best of all some statistics:
    Pakistan argues that India’s own figures show a sharp decline in operations by jihadists in Jammu and Kashmir. Last year, according to the Indian government, 72 terrorists, 24 civilians and 15 security personnel, including police, were killed in terrorist violence in the State — lower, in total, than the 521 murders recorded in Delhi alone. In 2011, the figures were, respectively, 100, 40 and 33; in 2010, 232, 164 and 69.
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    Pakistan has suffered far more deaths in sectarian violence and terrorist incidents than India. In 2012, they lost more than 6,000 lives compared to India, which saw about 800 deaths. This alone should have compelled them to clamp down on the non-state actors working as death merchants.
    One does not understand the logic for this oft repeated equation of Pakistan having suffered more deaths in sectarian violence and terrorist incidents than India,

    The Shia Sunni internecine battles are their own creation as is the Taliban of all hues. It is a known fact that the terrorists are taken to be 'strategic assets' of Pakistan.

    Pakistan would do well to realise the deep seated meaning behind the words from the Bible - As you sow so shall you reap!
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    As the state's fractures become more public in pakistan, things are popping out all over the place. For those who can understand Urdu, this discussion will be most interesting: http://www.zemtv.com/2013/01/31/capi...-january-2013/

    This article is in English: http://gen-shahidaziz.blogspot.com/2...e-of-fire.html

    btw, lest this article give anyone the impression that General Shahid Aziz is very sane, please read some more of his pieces, starting with: http://gen-shahidaziz.blogspot.com/2...-is-allah.html

    My somewhat intemprate comment on this General: http://www.brownpundits.com/2013/01/...#comment-49301

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    The Indian PM who was born in Gah Pakistan has put his political life on the line trying to make peace with Pakistan.

    At each step, he seems to be at sea with the Pakistani response. Still he bats on!

    There is nothing wrong with Indians or Pakistanis.

    it is just that there is a trust deficit.

    In the first war, it was said by Pakistan it was tribal and Pak army men on leave who were inflamed and so they attacked! Imagine that!

    Who provided the logistics and it is surprising that Army men 'on leave' can take their country to war!

    In 1965, it was said by Pakistan that it were Indian Kashmiris who were 'rebelling' against India. It turned out the so called rebels were Pakistani troops operating under Op Gibraltar.

    In Kargil, the Pakistan Army and Musharraf claimed that it were the Mujhaeedins who infiltrated. Now Pakistan Generals and a Colonel all from ISI has gone on record that it was always the Pakistani Army which was in action and not mujhadins.

    Musharraf continues to deny it and he did so on Indian TV.

    It is time to own up, clear the air, get trust back and move ahead.

    There has been too much of bloodshed.

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    Default Will the militants 'pivot' east?

    Stephen Tankel, a regional analyst and LeT expert, provides insight into a possible pivot to Kashmir by extremists after Afghanistan:http://warontherocks.com/2013/07/pak...wn-pivot-east/
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    Default LeT and Kashmir

    LeT’s collaboration with local groups in Kashmir is not surprising given the denial plausibility and the ability to avoid crossing the LOC. LeT’s collaboration with groups within Kashmir is a an old strategy and more and more the Indian press is reporting that they are in collaboration with India based groups including as SIMI, Jaish Mohamed, IM and their expansion even extends as far out to recruiting cadres and collaboration with groups in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. Even the recent attacks in Srinagar mentioned in the article davidbpfo provided were attributed to HM with LeT backing. Something is cooking in Kashmir.

    On a second note, one constantly hears of Kashmir being the most militarized zone in the whole and the oft-repeated figure is 700,000 Indian troops stationed in the area. Given that the both the Pak/Chinese border is in the area, I am sure the figures are high, but 700,000 sounds too much. I have come across Indian mainstream media reporting around 70K paramilitary and 150-200k infantry troops, Indian govt. has never made the numbers public and the 300K versus 700k is still a huge difference.
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    Default A "dirty" war tests restraint

    An interesting backgrounder and rightly observes can the new Pakistani government and an Indian government heading to the ballot box exercise restraint:http://www.firstpost.com/india/exclu...h-1014081.html
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    Default You’re not a terrorist for life

    Another report on returning militants, this one in the NYT and has some extra details, plus how one returnee appears to have been compromised and freed by the courts:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/wo...pagewanted=all

    The compromised militant's words:
    You’re not a terrorist for life...It’s very possible that you will change your mind
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    Kashmiris are not serious terrorists.

    Most join not on ideological or religious grounds, but the monthly pay is good.

    That they are not serious is indicated by the fact that the JKLF is no longer taken as a serious outfit by the Pakistanis and ISI and so they have given the task to the Let, Huji and others foreign elements, while using the Kashmiris as guides and porters.

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