HAF Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Kashmir, Calls on Congress to Pass H.Res. 408

Pakistan-Sponsored Terrorism in Kashmir Claims 46 Lives So Far in 2019

Washington, DC (June 13, 2019) – On Wednesday, June 12th, terrorists ambushed a convoy of Indian Central Reserve Police in the southern Kashmir town of Anantnag, killing five officers. Pakistan-based terrorist group Al Umar Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the Anantnag attack.

Responding to this latest attack in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, HAF Managing Director Samir Kalra commented:

“Wednesday’s attack in Kashmir is, sadly, one more incident in a long history of efforts by Pakistan to destabilize Kashmir, and by extension the entire nation of India. It is the responsibility of the international community to push Pakistan to end its support for cross-border terrorism, as well as to quell the increasing influence of violent extremism and radicalization within Pakistan.”

This attack, which also injured a local policeman and a female civilian, comes just a few months after the largest attack on Indian police in decades.

On February 14, 2019, a suicide bombing in the Kashmir town of Pulwama killed 41 Indian security officers. Another Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.

Al Umar Mujahideen and its founder, Mustaq Zagar, enjoy close ties with JeM, and the two organizations have collaborated on past attacks in the Kashmir Valley.

JeM is recognized by the US and the United Nations as a foreign terrorist organization, with its leader, Masood Azhar, personally labelled an international terrorist by the United Nations Security Council in May.

“We urge Congress to do its part and quickly pass House Resolution 408,” stated Taniel Koushakjian, HAF Director of Public Policy.

Introduced by Indian Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), H.Res 408 “condemns harshly the terrorist attack in India that tragically killed 41 Indian Central Reserve Police” and “reaffirms solidarity with the Indian people and offers its deepest condolences to people who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack.”

“HAF applauds Congressman Sherman for introducing this important, bipartisan resolution. Swift passage of H.Res 408 will send a strong message – that the US stands shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against Islamic extremism,” Koushakjian said.

Given the recent escalation of violence and terrorism in Kashmir this year, HAF is producing a short video series explaining the history of the Kashmir conflict and prospects for its just resolution.

Watch: History of the Kashmir Conflict, Part 1; and read the HAF guide: What you need to know about the struggle for peace in Kashmir.