When Foreign and Domestic Radicals Collide, Congress Takes Notice

„A recent hearing on human rights in South Asia focused almost exclusively on the issue of Kashmir, a disputed region which is claimed, at least in part, by India, Pakistan, and China. Legislators and witnesses at the hearing spent a great deal of time denouncing the Indian government’s response to the Pulwama attack of February 2019, in which terrorists killed 40 Indian police officers.

Pakistan’s role in all this, however, went largely unmentioned. Just a few days before the hearing, Pakistani Sen. Sirajul Haq declared, „There is no resolution of the Kashmir problem except through jihad“ and that „[t]he entire [Pakistani] nation is ready to fight against India.“

Haq is the emir of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, a multinational radical Islamist movement with a decades long history of violence. It was recently banned in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir for supporting terrorists. As such, Haq’s statement deserves more attention, not only because of the explosive nature of the Kashmir dispute, but because there is substantial evidence that American institutions, including the federal government, have been helping fund the violent jihad advocated by Haq.“ (…)


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