Is ISIS and Al Qaeda Threatening India Now?
Is there any presence of ISIS or Al Qaeda in Kashmir?
Neither of the two pan-Islamic Jihadi organizations have presence in Jammu and Kashmir. Though there is large number of foreign militants mostly Pakistani operating in Kashmir, they work under the banner of Lashkar-e-Tioba, Jaish-e-Mohommad, Al Bader, Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen and others.
Security forces were however rattled when Al Qaeda released a video in June calling upon the Muslims in Kashmir to wage Jihad against Indian authorities. Entitled ‘War should continue, message to the Muslims of Kashmir’, the video features the statement of Al Qaeda commander Moulana Asim Umar threatening that the caravan (of heroic martyrs) was coming to “liberate Kashmir”.