Separatists in Kashmir are probably hoping that China would come to help them in their fight against India. This was revealed for the first time after the Indian security forces recovered Chinese flags along with several incriminating materials during raids at suspected hideouts of terrorists in Baramulla area of the Valley on Tuesday. As many as 44 people were also arrested for their alleged involvement in activities related to terrorism.
PTI reported an army spokesperson as saying: “Over 700 houses were searched in a span of 12 hours on October 17 in an extensive search operation in the old town in Baramulla, during which 44 persons involved with terror-related activities have been apprehended.”
The arrest of people involved in terror activities in Kashmir is good but the recovery of Chinese flags doesn’t augur well for India.
While it is not yet confirmed whether China is directly involved in keeping the unrest alive in the Valley or if it is aiding the separatists who have the full backing of Pakistan, but there are reasons enough to believe so.
First, China-Pakistan friendship has become stronger, even as the latter country is being condemned across the world for its inaction against terrorism. This clearly shows where the Chinese priority lies. It is certainly not India.
Second, China already occupies Aksai Chin, which was a part of Jammu and Kashmir. Chinese interest in Kashmir, hence, is not new.
Third, the unrest in the valley has been continuing for over three months. The separatists and terrorists require foreign aid to sustain such a campaign against for so long. With China treating Pakistan as its chief lackey, it doesn’t require a wild guess to point out how and who powers the separatists and militants.
Fourth, both China and Pakistan are in favour of making Kashmir an international issue. Being the most powerful country in the region, China must be anticipating it would have a major say as a mediator or even as an occupier if the Kashmir issue is internationalised.
The presence of Chinese flags in Kashmir is clear indication that a dark movement, to destabilise the region, backed by Pakistan, who in turn is backed by China, is going on in the Valley. India doesn’t have much choice under the circumstances but to crush any such movement before it gets too big to handle.
(With PTI inputs)