As the country prepares to pull out of Afghanistan next year,a US military report here has warned that some of the Pakistan-based militant groups like LeT,backed by elements in Pakistani security establishments,will reorient to and invest more broadly in the conflict in Kashmir post the 2014 American drawdown.
The report noted that due to US presence in Afghanistan post 2001,that conflict has functioned as an opportunity,and also potentially as a distraction for some of the Pakistan-based militant groups.
While the number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan has generally risen since 2008,the level of militant-linked violence in Jammu and Kashmir where many Pak-based groups have historically been active has declined from levels seen during late 1990s and early 2000s,US Military Academy in West Point here said in a report.
Once the primary battleground for jihad in South Asia; over the last decade the fight in Kashmir just hasnt been as relevant for jihadist actors.
If history and the area to which Pakistani militants (aided by the state) turned their operational attention after the Soviets departed Afghanistan is any guide,the reduction of the US footprint in Afghanistan in 2014 could help to change that, said the report titled The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment,Training,Deployment and Death.