The Inter-services Intelligence calls it United Jihad. It is meant to be the most brutal form of jihad which Pakistan plans to unleash on India. For this, the ISI decided that it would put together its two best terror groups -- Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad. The first signs of a united jihad was seen on Thursday morning when terrorists launched a fidayeen strike on an Army camp at Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir.
The ISI came up with this concept to ensure that the two strongest terrorist groups which have made Kashmir a personal agenda wage a war together. This would include shared intelligence and training together in one camp. Since the ideology of the two groups remains the same, the ISI felt that it would be best to merge the groups.
This would be the first time since the inception of the two groups that it would be coming together. With this merger, the two groups are now sharing arms and ammunition and also intelligence. Attacks are being planned together and both groups have been instructed to stay united and not indulge in one-upmanship.
Recently, the two groups conducted a training programme together. They are sharing common launch pads at Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. A recruitment camp too was organised together recently, an Intelligence Bureau report states.
The coming together of these two groups would mean that they have emerged stronger and the Indian Army has a bigger headache to deal with. Moreover, it would also be hard to pinpoint which group carried out the attack as the signature of the strike would also be common.
Security officials say that this was in the offing for some time now. It was the Pakistan army under the leadership of General Raheel Sharif who recently retired who came up with this concept. While the killing of Burhan Wani led to a major unrest in Kashmir, Pakistan had already planned in December a second variant of the same. In a bid to launch a major offensive as part of unrest 2.0, Pakistan decided to merge these groups and call it 'united jihad'.