Spokesman of Punjabi Taliban: 'Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab Announces Jihad in Kashmir; We will Stand Side by Side with Kashmiris in Their Struggle Until the Valley is Freed from the Clutches of Hindus'

Special Dispatch Series No. 4508,  February 17, 2012

Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab recently announced the launch of jihad in India's Jammu & Kashmir state, which witnessed two decades of Pakistan-sponsored Islamic militancy since 1989. However, in the years after 9/11, the militant activities in Jammu & Kashmir have declined significantly.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab, which is part of the Pakistani Taliban's umbrella group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), includes non-Pashtun militants from various jihadist organizations based mainly in Pakistan's Punjabi province.

According to a report published by an Indian website, several officials of Tehreek-e-Taliban Punjab announced the launch of jihad in Jammu & Kashmir, stating that while previously they had been backed by Pakistani intelligence agencies, this time they would fight on their own.

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