Real Fight against Pak Terrorists is still Pending. Crush the Terrorists Hide-Outs in Mosques & Madrashas. Don’t release Islamic Fundamentalists.

Double Standard Pak Authority freed JuD & LeT Chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.


Image: Police escort Hafiz Saeed (in white cap), the head of the banned Jamaat-ud-Dawa and founder of Lashkar-e-Tayiba, as he leaves the Lahore court
Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

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June 02, 2009 11:30 IST || PTI
Last Updated: June 02, 2009 14:25 IST
 A three-member bench of the Lahore [Images] High Court freed Saeed and Ahmed after hearing arguments by the JuD chief’s counsel A K Dogar, who claimed the detention of the two men violated Pakistan’s constitution and laws.Saeed was not present in the court today. The Deputy Attorney General of the federal government and the Advocate General of Punjab [Images] province rebutted Dogar’s arguments. The Advocate General said it was binding on Pakistan to implement Security Council resolutions as the country was a signatory to the UN Charter.

A Pakistani court today freed outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and his close aide Col (retired) Nazir Ahmed nearly six months after they were detained following the Mumbai terror attacks [Images].

The three-judge bench, hearing the case, said it will give a detailed order later. Dogar, who addressed the bench for about 45 minutes, said the UN Security Council had only sought a freeze on the JuD’s assets and a travel ban on its leaders and the world body had not demanded the arrest of JuD leaders. He claimed it was not binding under Pakistani laws to implement UN Security Council resolutions.  Saeed was put under house arrest on December 11 last year after the UN Security Council banned the Jamaat, declaring it a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed by India for November 26 Mumbai terror attacks that killed over 160 people.

After hearing both sides, the bench issued a brief order for the release of Saeed and Ahmed. A detailed order is expected to be issued by the High Court later.

JuD activists who gathered at the court began shouting slogans in support of Saeed on hearing the verdict.

A JuD spokesman hailed the courts verdict and said the organisation will continue its relief activities.

The court’s order was a “certificate” that the JuD was not involved in terrorism and the government had been unable to prove Saeed’s involvement in such activities, the spokesman said. Dogar, who shouted slogans like “Allah-o-Akbar (God is great)” along with Saeed’s supporters after emerging from the court, said the JuD chief had been detained on December 11 last year without any valid grounds or reasons.

Saeed’s house arrest was subsequently extended for “some vague” reasons, he said. He questioned why the Pakistan government had implemented the UN Security Council’s resolution against the JuD when India had not acted on 26 resolutions on the Kashmir issue. During an earlier hearing of Saeed’s petition challenging his detention, Pakistan’s Attorney General Latif Khosa had told the court that the government had evidence that showed the JuD’s “prima facie links” with Al Qaida.

This was the first time that Pakistan admitted that JuD has links with Al Qaida. Saeed and Ahmed had challenged their detention through a petition in the High Court.

Saeed and several other JuD leaders were placed under house arrest in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist attacks but most of them were subsequently freed.

A judicial review board of the Lahore High Court had recently extended the detention of Saeed, also the founder of the Lashker-e-Taiba, and Ahmed by two months till July 8. Five LeT activists, including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, are currently being tried by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.

Courtsey : Press Trust of India.

Pak Govt determined to counter militants’ backlash

By Syed Irfan Raza
Tuesday, 02 Jun, 2009 | 03:09 AM PST |
President Zardari and PM Gilani preside over a high level meeting to review the law and order situation. Federal Ministers for Information, Interior, Provincial CMs, Governor NWFP, President’s spokesman, Army Chief and the Chiefs of Intelligence Agencies are also present.–APP Photo
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said the war against militancy is a total war and each and every section of the society must rise to the occasion to ‘defeat the mindset that creates and nurtures militancy.’
President Zardari along with Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was presiding over a high level meeting here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today to review the law and order situation.
The meeting was attended by the Federal Ministers for Information, Interior, Provincial Chief Ministers, Governor NWFP, Army Chief, the Chiefs of Intelligence Agencies, Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Executive of Northern Areas, the Chief Secretaries and IGPs of all the provinces, Secretary General and senior officers of the relevant ministries of the federal government.
Talking to the media about the meeting Spokesperson to the President former Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the President expressed satisfaction over the success achieved in the war and said that the day was not far when militants would be so crippled that they would pose no threat to the people and the country.
He said that half of the war was to subdue and defeat the militants militarily and half of the war was to win the hearts and minds of the internally displaced persons.
The President said that the international community was more than willing to help Pakistan as was demonstrated in the recent meetings of the ‘Friends of Democratic Pakistan’ and leaders and law makers of the US, Britain, and France during his recent visit to these countries.
He said the people of Pakistan also, through the political parties, supported the ongoing operation against the militants in Swat, Malakand and other areas as has been demonstrated by the unanimous resolution adopted by the Parliament against militancy and the decisions of recently held All Parties Conference by the Prime Minister.
The combination of favourable domestic public opinion and the willingness of the international community to help had placed in the hands of government a great opportunity to eliminate the militants, mindset once and for all, the President observed.
President Zardari said that the nation cannot afford to lose this war for the sake of its own survival.
He said that while the government was determined to pursue fight to the finish, it was also working on a plan to strengthen the capacity of law enforcing agencies to win this war.
The President advised the government to step up implementation of the plan to strengthen law-enforcing agencies.
‘The will to fight must be strengthened with the capacity to fight,’ he said.
The President also underlined the need for strengthening the prosecution so as to bring the militants and criminals to speedy and efficient justice within the bounds of the existing legal frame-work and laws.
President Zardari said that the present fight against militants was also for the fight of ideas and ‘for winging this battle of ideas we need to carry out necessary reforms in the education system particularly in the Madrassa education so as to produce tolerant, moderate and forward looking youth who naturally detested militancy, extremism and intolerance.’
The President also praised the Armed Forces and the law enforcement agencies for the courageous fight they had put up against militants and for sacrifices they had made in the cause. He also praised the Prime Minister and the government for taking the militants head on.
The President said that an exit strategy with clear objectives be also devised that enabled the civil administration to take over the administration of the areas where the writ of the government had been established and from where the militants had been driven out.

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One Response to “Real Fight against Pak Terrorists is still Pending. Crush the Terrorists Hide-Outs in Mosques & Madrashas. Don’t release Islamic Fundamentalists.”

  1. HARAN BR Says:

    Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism, stupid!

    BR Haran
    8 June 2009

    Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, the Chief of the terrorist organization Jamaat-ud-Dawah, who was also the mastermind behind the 26/11 Mumbai attack and against whose involvement the Indian government had given Pakistan incontrovertible evidences and proofs, was set free by the Lahore High Court last Tuesday, after nearly six months of house arrest. The High Court felt that there was no concrete evidence to extend his detention and hence ordered for his immediate release.

    In the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, India had demanded the extradition of Hafiz and also former ISI chief, apart from asking Pakistan to crackdown on JuD (LeT). The US for its part gave an ultimatum of 48 hrs to Pakistan government to raid the JuD HQs and arrest the culprits. Even while yielding to the pressure, Pakistan played a silly game of telling the world that President Zardari received a threatening call from Pranab Mukherjee, which later turned out to be a hoax, and attempted to ready its Armed Forces.

    As India quickly pointed out that Pakistan was trying to divert the world’s attention from its involvement in Mumbai attack, one of its nuclear scientists, Dr Samar Mubarakmand, audaciously threatened India through a selective media leak, saying Pakistan had the capacity to nuke all cities in India and that it could be done within ten minutes as their missile systems were kept ready for any eventuality.

    The US and the European Union, in support of India, strongly criticized Pakistan for aiding, abetting and promoting terror. The US even talked of imposing sanctions on Pakistani officials like former ISI chief Hamid Gul and others, who have had links with LeT, Taliban and Al Qaida. It is reliably learnt that some former ISI and Army officers have been helping all three terror outfits in their operations in Afghanistan, Kashmir and elsewhere. But finally US’ tantrums turned out to be tokenism and mere “lip service.”

    Though the UN declared a ban on Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the US and UK simply asked Pakistan to cooperate with India in its investigation in order to bring the culprits to book. Since then, Pakistan has been defiant to the core, putting its foot down and influencing the world community to accept its stand. In contrast, India has been literally begging for support, refusing to realise that whether it is US or UK or China, each would act only in its interests.

    Despite being a victim of terror for years, India doesn’t seem to have learnt its lessons properly. Instead of teaching lessons to Pakistan, it attempted to convince US and other nations seeking their cooperation to pin down Pakistan. Ironically those very same nations have been helping Pakistan, to achieve their self interests! In January 2009, Home Minister Chidambaram went to US with a huge dossier on Pakistan, and the UPA government also held discussions with the Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister, who visited India then. The end result was a big ZERO; Pakistan won the so-called diplomatic war! Its friendly relations with China and UK continued; it got more aid from US.

    At this juncture, it would be pertinent to remind ourselves the first warning issued by US President Obama to Pakistan immediately after taking charge: “the $ 11 million dollar aid given by Bush administration was not for military upgradation, but a ‘conditional’ one for fighting against terror and Pakistan’s performance against terror would be monitored.” It was reliably learnt then that the American establishment had short-listed 20 senior level officers of the ISI and the Pakistan Army, who have been aiding and abetting the terror outfits for years. Incidentally, though India’s list was bigger, all names were present in the US list figured in India’s list as well!

    Meanwhile, though Pakistan accepted the validity of the first ‘dossier’ given by India and constituted a three member committee to probe the Mumbai terror attack with a commitment to try those involved, nothing constructive came out of it; US too lived neither up to its commitment nor to India’s expectations. In fact, after Pakistan’s offensive against the Taliban, US immediately disbursed $110 million in the name of welfare aid for the displaced people.

    Even now, after the release of Hafiz Saeed, Washington pretended to be unhappy and President Obama’s special representative Richard Holbrooke stated that US was “disturbed” by the news! But, soon afterwards Holbrooke changed his stance and termed the release as “Pakistan’s internal matter”! Assistant Secretary of State Philip J Crowley also made it clear that US wanted to make sure Pakistan was acting aggressively against extremist elements (read Taliban) and added that US was involved in intensive dialogue with Pakistan on its military needs. Even as he was talking about US’ readiness to help Pakistan enhance its military capabilities, Obama’s administration is believed to have decided to grant another $200 million to Pakistan following the anti-Taliban operations.

    Immediately after his release, Hafiz Saeed condemned Pakistan Army’s offensive against the Taliban and avowed that his terror activities against India would continue, particularly in Kashmir. As if this was not enough and knowing India would be outraged, Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani came out with a damning statement asking “Indian occupying forces” to stop repression and human rights abuses in Kashmir, and offering “political, moral and diplomatic” support to the people of Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination.

    Gilani had the audacity to ask India to create a conducive atmosphere for a final settlement to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. India once again exposed its weakness, with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna saying: “Kashmir was part of the composite dialogue which we had initiated with Pakistan, and the responsibility of creating conducive climate rested with Pakistan.” It is unfortunate India didn’t have the guts to question Gilani on his outrageous statements, which have the intention of not only diverting India’s attention from the release of Hafiz, but also attempting to spite India.

    As the Congress-led UPA government has a childish habit of looking up to the US for making each and every move vis-à-vis Pakistan, we can rest assured it would do the same now. History has shown that US always safeguarded its own interests by helping Pakistan while restraining India and forcing it to engage in dialogue with Islamabad. Even in the present circumstances, especially with regard to the 26/11 Mumbai attack, US has not been sincere in backing India, and Barack Obama has surpassed his predecessor George Bush. Bush at least refrained from interfering in India’s Kashmir policy, but Obama seems to be having a ‘special’ agenda, as evidenced by the wrong signals emanating from his side. Pressure is likely to be more on India to give more concessions to Pakistan and start the so-called peace talks early.

    Meanwhile, credible inputs have come from intelligence agencies that the LeT and JeM are planning major strikes across India, including Kashmir and South Indian cities. It is reported that groups of Jihadis (25 terrorists in each group) have been ordered to infiltrate the borders and strike at the earliest. If Pakistan showed audacity in perpetrating terror against India, India exposed naivety in identifying the terrorists as ‘non-state’ actors, as if ‘state actors’ (Pakistan government) were not involved. India didn’t even have the brains to understand that non-state actors could not act without the knowledge and support of state actors!

    Immediately after the release of Hafiz Saeed, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna doubted Pakistan’s “seriousness” in fighting terror, and Home Minister P Chidambaram questioned its “commitment” to investigate the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack. OK, but what about the ‘seriousness’ and ‘commitment’ of the UPA government? What is the response of the Prime Minister to the release of Hafiz and the statement of his Pakistani counterpart?

    “Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism, stupid!”

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