In a shocking revelation, three government employees in Jammu and Kashmir lost their jobs for their active involvement with Pakistan-based terror groups. The three staff actively provided logistics to terror organizations and were involved in terror-funding activities. They also indulged in the propagation of terrorist ideology and inciting secessionist sentiments among the youth of J&K. Currently, the security forces are processing them to the maximum limit of the law.
This alarming incident highlights the gravity of the situation and the terrorist agenda to deny abrogation of Article 370 in the region. It showcases Pakistan’s agenda of terror farming in the regions to undermine India on global platforms.
It also underscores the need for strict vigilance and thorough background checks in government institutions in this new union territory.
Who were the three Terror-mongering Employees?
He was a Public Relations Officer at the University of Kashmir. It is believed that he staunchly promoted separatism ideology. Furthermore, reports claim that he endorses terrorist activities in the Kashmir Valley.
Reports claim that a terrorist kingpin planted Faneem as a contractual employee in 2008. Later his position was confirmed by the state government of the time. The plan was to keep the secessionist-terrorist campaign active in the university campaign using Faheem. No interview or police verification was carried out at the time of his appointment. Faneem publicly claimed his loyalty to Pakistan in his writing on social media. He was a high-value asset for Pakistan who glamorized the terror ideology to misguide the youth of India,
Arshid Ahmad Thoker
He was recruited as a police constable in Jammu and Kashmir in 2006. In 2009 he joined the executive police. He worked as a PSO or Driver to police and civil officers in the Srinagar District. A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist named Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie influenced Arshid to become a logistic supporter of local terror groups in the area of Pulwama, Budgam, and Chadoora-Kakapora areas. JeM handlers brainwashed him into believing the terrorist ideology and incorporating it into his life. Furthermore, they helped him disregard his police identity and duties while helping local terrorists evade security forces and checkpoints. Additionally, he funded terrorism through illegal narcotics trade in the region.
Murawath Hussain Mir
He has been a Junior Assistant in the Revenue Department since 1985. His involvement with Pakistan-sponsored terrorism began in 1990. He aligned himself with terror groups like Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and J&K Liberation Front (JKLF). He helped known terror outfits to interfere with the Tehsil office of Pampore. Moreover, he extorted donations from his fellow employees to fund terror groups. Therefore, he became an Over Ground Worker for the HM and JKLF groups. Reports claim he was misusing his government position to help terrorists escape scrutiny at security checkpoints.
He was arrested in 1995 for planning to bombard an installation in Srinagar. However, he was released after an 8-month incarceration. Moreover, he managed to retain and re-engage in his government job without raising eyebrows. His terror network influenced his son’s admission into Pakistani Medical College. Reports claim he had a significant hand in the public unrest in Jammu and Kashmir in 2008, 2010, and 2016.
These accounts of government employees involved in terrorist activities shed light on the extent to which terrorism has infiltrated the Jammu and Kashmir region. It is concerning to see individuals forsake their duty and allegiance to support terror groups sponsored by Pakistan. The cases of Arshid and Faheem illustrate how vulnerable individuals can be brainwashed into adopting extreme ideologies. Furthermore, Murawath Hussain Mir’s long-standing involvement with terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen and J&K Liberation Front showcases the misuse of government resources. They also question the complacency of earlier state governments in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir.
In addition, these cases define the Pakistani tactics and agenda in J&K. Their terror camps influence J&K youths and recruit them into terrorist activities. They disseminate propaganda and misinformation, provide financial support to extremist groups, offer training and recruitment opportunities, and facilitate cross-border infiltration of terrorists. Through these measures, Pakistan aims to sow seeds of discontent, fuel anti-India sentiments, and destabilize the region.
The Indian government should enhance intelligence gathering and sharing mechanisms to effectively identify and neutralize Pakistani-backed terrorist networks operating in J&K. Improved coordination between intelligence agencies at the national and regional levels is crucial for preemptive action against terror activities. Thus, security forces should uproot the terror network in the region swiftly and efficiently. Even a single stone left unturned can become the harbinger of the next landslide of terrorism in India.