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Wikileaks reveal the connections about Pak Terrorism

December 5, 2010

Two years before 26/11, US asked Pak to crack down on LeT, JuD

Posted: Sun Dec 05 2010, 15:13 hrs Islamabad || Indian Express . Com

Exactly two years before the 2008 Mumbai attacks, American officials pressured the Pakistan government to crack down on the Lashker-e-Taiba and its front Jamaat-ud-Dawah but were unable to make much headway, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

A cable sent on November 27, 2006 by former US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker, one of the hundreds released by WikiLeaks, said the US embassy had raised the operations of the two groups with “contacts throughout the Government of Pakistan” after the LeT was designated a terrorist organisation under UN Security Council resolution 1267 the previous year.

Crocker took up the activities of LeT, Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust — all designated underFollowing the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.1267 — with the then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan and the then National Security Advisor Tariq Aziz while other US officials engaged the Foreign Ministry’s UN Directorate and the Information Ministry.

“No (Government of Pakistan) official, however, has committed to taking direct action to close the operations of these entities,” Crocker wrote in the cable exactly two years before 10 terrorists launched by the LeT carried out attacks in India’s financial hub killing 166 people.

Following the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.

The Pakistan government launched a limited crackdown on the JuD and its leaders, including its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Saeed and several others were placed under house arrest in late 2008 though they were all freed within six months.

During his meetings with Pakistani officials, Crocker presented “a press report on the declaration of the Ministry of Defence Parliamentary Secretary that he was proud to be a member of LeT and that he seeks to extend support to jihadi organisations when they seek his ‘cooperation'”, the cable said.

Then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan asked Crocker whether the US had evidence linking JuD to terrorist activity and the envoy “replied affirmatively, noting that the (US Government) has shared such information with (Government of Pakistan) intelligence agencies”.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba planned to assassinate Narendra Modi <Click Link

Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba had planned to assassinate Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and use Kerala and Tamil Nadu as base for carrying out strikes in southern India, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

Source : Daily Pioneer, New Delhi, India.

LeT planned to kill Modi, establish bases in Kerala, TN <Click Link

Pak-based terror outfit LeT had planned to assassinate Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and use Kerala & Tamil Nadu as base for carrying out strikes in southern India, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

Source : PTI || The Times of India.

See WikiLeaks : Pakistani Papers in Dawn for know more : WikiLeaks: Pakistan papers <Click Link : Courtesy : Dawn . Com

Terrorist tanzeem (groups) sponsored madrasas wage proxy war against Indian kaffirs ??

October 21, 2010

 

Pak invested heavily in proxy war against India: Indian Army chief

Indian Express News Bureau : Posted: Thu Oct 21 2010, 15:22 hrs. New Delhi

The anti-India terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan is intact and at present 42 terror camps, including new ones in Pak-occupied Kashmir, are being run, Army chief General V K Singh disclosed on Thursday.

Now even women are being trained to wage Pakistan’s proxy war against India, he told PTI in an interview.

General Singh said infiltration has gone up recently and around 600 terrorists are waiting at “launch pads” in PoK along the Line of Control and the international border to sneak into India.

Pakistan has “invested heavily in the proxy war against India” and there has been “no substantial effort” by it to act against terror groups which operate from its soil and are used as a “strategic tool” by that country.

“Currently, 42 terrorist training camps are located in Pakistan/PoK. Inputs reveal that some new camps have also been established in PoK for undertaking terrorist training,” he said.

The Army chief was responding when asked whether Pakistan has done something to dismantle the anti-India terror infrastructure as has been promised by it repeatedly.

“It is assessed that Pakistan will continue to foster terrorism against India and the terrorist infrastructure is likely to remain intact in the foreseeable future,” he said.

General Singh revealed that the terror outfits are maintaining a number of officers, stores, transit accommodations and temporary training facilities at various locations in PoK.

“Launch pads are used extensively for infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir and are located all along the Line of Control and parts of International Border,” he said, adding: “As on date, approximately 600 terrorists are located in the launch pads, poised for infiltration in the near future.”

Talking about infiltration, he said it has recently gone up, with 10 incidents being recorded in June, six in July and 33 in August.

Significantly, August witnessed the peak of stone-pelting incidents and other forms of agitation in the Kashmir Valley, which also was being fuelled from across the border.

General Singh felt that about 20-25 infiltration attempts had succeeded, which is indicated by the fact that 12 to 15 terrorists were killed in the last 15-20 days. “This shows people have come from somewhere,” he said.

Noting that Pakistan perceives Kashmir as an “unfinished agenda”, he said, “it is assessed that Pakistan will continue to foster terrorism against India and the terrorist infrastructure is likely to remain intact in the foreseeable future.”

On meeting the challenge, he said the Army has a “robust counter-infiltration strategy” which has yielded “excellent results”.

He said the Army’s ability to detect and neutralise terrorists attempting to infiltrate or cross over has increased with dynamic troop deployment, proactive use of surveillance and monitoring devices and the anti-infiltration obstacle system.

“Inputs also reveal use of terrorist tanzeem (groups) sponsored madrasas for religious indoctrination of new recruits,” Gen Singh said.

To a question on ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the recent months along the LoC and the international border, he said these are “generally in few specific areas and we are trying to ensure that these remain confined as also reduce altogether.”

He said the ceasefire has generally been holding out except for a “few aberrations” and all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistani military authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings and weekly talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations.

On the situation in the Northeast, the Army chief said the multi-pronged strategy adopted by the government and sustained operations by security forces have considerably marginalised the activities of various insurgent groups operating in the region.

He said these initiatives have also brought a few of the insurgent groups to the negotiating table, resulting in “relative peace” in the region. “However, the situation needs constant monitoring.”

Courtesy : Indian Express, AP.

Pak Jihadi Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab sentenced to death in Indian Court for 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

May 6, 2010

Ajmal Kasab sentenced to death for Mumbai attacks

Thu, 06 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 21, 1431

MUMBAI: An Indian judge on Thursday condemned to death the sole surviving gunman involved in the 2008 Mumbai siege after a year-long trial over the bloody attacks that traumatised the nation.

Judge M.L. Tahaliyani imposed the death penalty against Pakistani national Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war against India and conspiracy and terrorism offences.

“He should be hanged by the neck until he is dead,” he said. “I don’t find any case for a lesser punishment than death in the case of waging war against India, murder and terrorist acts.”

Kasab, 22, dressed in a traditional white tunic, sat with his head in his hands staring at the floor of the dock as the judge issued the sentence, three days after the Pakistani’s conviction on Monday.

Tahaliyani said the evidence showed “previous, meticulous and systematic planning” of the atrocity, which left 166 people dead and hundreds injured and led India to halt peace talks with its arch-rival Pakistan.

“Brutality was writ large,” he added, and the offences were “of exceptional depravity.”

Branded a “killing machine” and “cruelty incarnate” by the prosecution, Kasab was the only gunman caught alive in the 60-hour assault by 10 militants on hotels, a railway station, a restaurant and Jewish centre.

Observers say the death penalty is likely to trigger a lengthy, possibly open-ended, appeal through the Indian courts.

The government officially supports capital punishment for what the Supreme Court in New Delhi has called the “rarest of rare” cases but no execution has been carried out since 2004 and only two since 1998.

Many pleas for clemency to the president are still pending, including ones from the killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991, and a Kashmiri separatist who attacked India’s parliament in 2001.

Outside the court, crowds chanted “Victory to Hindustan” while public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam brandished a poster showing Kasab behind a noose and flashing victory signs to the media.

“Today’s sentencing sends the message that keeping Kasab alive would be a crime in itself,” Nikam said. “Terrorism and terrorists like Kasab cannot be tolerated. The death penalty is the only option.”

Families of some of the victims have long called for Kasab’s execution, and the clamour for him to be sent to the gallows grew louder after Monday’s widely expected guilty verdict by the court in India’s most populous city.

“I am happy, a chapter has closed for me,” said a tearful Sevanti Parekh, who lost his son and daughter-in-law in the attacks in India’s commercial capital. “But I fear for our generation and the next generation.”

Defence lawyer K.P. Pawar had argued against capital punishment, suggesting his client was brainwashed into committing the offences while under the influence of Pakistan-based extremists.

New Delhi, which suspended peace talks with Islamabad after the attacks, wants Pakistan to convict the alleged masterminds, namely the founder of the Lashkar-i-Taiba (LT) militant group, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and key operative Zarar Shah.
Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaatud Dawa charity, which is seen as a front for the LT, is the third figure blamed by India.

Since the beginning of Kasab’s trial, new evidence has come to light about the planning of the atrocity after the arrest of Pakistani-American David Headley in Chicago last year.

The 49-year-old, who changed his name from Daood Gilani, admitted to spending two years eluding security forces as he cased out Mumbai for the LT.

Commentators doubt that Kasab’s case will have any effect on either curbing extremism or improving relations between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

“If he’s convicted and hanged, it’s still going to be years given our legal system,” the executive director of the Institute of Conflict Management in New Delhi, Ajai Sahni, told AFP.

“The fundamentals of the conflict between India and Pakistan and the trajectory of terrorism are not going to be radically affected by this (case).”

Courtesy : DawnNews and Agencies.

Secret Face of the Real Pakistan

April 22, 2010

Secret face of the real Pakistan

When a section of Indian society is keen to build bridges of love, peace and friendship with a neighbour, it is time to take stock of ground realities in Pakistan

by ABHIJIT BHATTACHARYYA*

The Statesman, Kolkata,  April 14, 2010

“Civil society” constitutes the most important public opinion maker in a multi-dimensional society like India. Hence when a section of Indian society is keen to build bridges of love, peace and friendship with a neighbour, it is time to take stock of the ground reality. It is necessary to “know thy neighbour” and to “know yourself”.

Let us begin with one of the largest English dailies The Nation, published simultaneously from Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad. Editor-in-chief, The Nation and chairman of the Nazria Pakistan Trust (NPT), Majid Nizami, stated as recently as on 10 March, 2010 that “freedom is the greatest blessing of the Almighty, Who may save us from dominance of Hindus, as our sworn enemy is bent upon destroying Pakistan. However, if it did not refrain from committing aggression against us, then Pakistan is destined to defeat India because our horses in the form of atomic bombs and missiles are far better than Indian donkeys.”

Nizami revealed to a captive audience that “if one wants to have an idea of what would have been our condition had Pakistan not come into existence, he should visit India to apprise himself about untold pathetic living conditions of the Muslims there at this point of time.” Nizami thundered that “the day was not far off when we would once again conquer India” and that “Pakistan had to play a key role in liberating enslaved minorities from the clutches of Hindu majority” in South Asia.

The potential of India emerging big is unacceptable to the Pakistani ruling class. Or else, how does one justify the unsubstantiated  public statement by the Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif of Lahore High Court that the “Hindus of Pakistan are funding terror activities in Pakistan!”

The hate-India attitide does not end with the vituperative and venomous excesses of the national press and Islamabad’s judiciary. It is put into practice with all sincerity and dedication by the de-facto ruling class, the army.

Reportedly, “the Pakistani army is sexually assaulting minority women and using them as sex slaves, alleges the European Organisation of Pakistani Minorities (EOPM), an NGO working for the rights of minorities in Pakistan. In a prayer-cum-demonstration held at the United Nations, it said the Pakistani army is taking minority women away from their families, raping them and using them as sex slaves.”
Reference was made to the case of “Zarina Marri, 23-year-old school teacher from Quetta, being used as a sex slave by the Pakistani army”, alleged EOPM. It was categorically maintained that “the attacks on minorities in Pakistan were increasing” and that “the religious minorities constitute much more than five per cent – as claimed in Pakistani census – of Pakistan’s 160 million people.” The idea is to “intentionally keep the minority population low to deny them greater representation.” All in all, “Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other minorities are constant targets of attack in Pakistan.”

Understandably, therefore, Pakistan last year ranked as the “world’s top country for major increases in threats to minorities since 2007.”
The story of the unfinished task of Pakistani establishment does not end with a newspaper group, the High Court and the Army. It is only that now the civilised world outside Islamabad is trying to come to terms with the cocktail of rabid communalism, terrorism and fundamentalism for the sake of expanding its political power base through the state-sponsored religious order’s (should one say “disorder”) foot soldiers like the ghazis, fidayeens, lashkars and mujahideens.

The flip side of this long-term diabolical plot, however, is the present masked attempt to “cultivate” the “evil society” of the non-Islamic, (“Hindu”) enemy state of India. Hence the attempt to build a bridge through the Jang group of newspaper’s English daily News. Curiously, however, the Government of India’s ban on this publication 47 years ago is still on. Thus a Government of India notification dated 19 January, 1963 stipulated “The Central Government hereby prohibits the bringing by sea or land into India of any issue of the Urdu newspaper entitled Daily Jang, Karachi, edited, printed and published by Mir Khalil-ul-Rahman from Javed Press, Mcleod Road, or any extract from, or reprint of, or any translation of, or other document reproducing any matter contained in any issue of the newspaper”. In another notification dated 30 January, 1963, the Government of India once again “prohibited” the Daily Jang, Rawalpindi, edited by Mir-Jamil-ul-Rahman. Curiously, the ban has not been lifted to this day.

However, ban or no ban, Pakistan can find its way to the “interior” of the “Hindu India” and get away scot-free for its acts of omission and commission through its media, its biased anti-minority higher judiciary and the army of Islamabad which the Pakistanis consider it to be the army of Islam!

One pities the psychic disorder of the Pakistani ruling class which is not its own creation. It has been in the genes of the “ruling class” of South Asia through the ages. One can get an idea of the Pakistani psyche in general and read the mind of Muslims in particular from the following speech of a liberal Muslim leader (Mr R.M.Sayani) in his presidential address at the 12th Indian National Congress held in Calcutta in 1896: “Before the advent of British in India, the Mussulmans were the rulers of the country. The Mussulmans had, therefore, all the advantages appertaining to the ruling class. The sovereign and the chiefs were their co-religionists, and so were the great landlords and the great. The court language was their own. Every place of trust and responsibility or carrying influence and high emoluments was by birth theirs. The Hindus holders of position were the tenants-at-will of the Mussulmans. The Hindus stood in awe of them. Enjoyment and influence and all the good things of the world were theirs. By a stroke of misfortune, the Mussulmans had to abdicate their position and descend to the level of their Hindu fellow-countrymen. The Hindus who had before stood in awe of their Mussulman masters were thus raised a step by the fall of their said masters, and with their former awe dropped their courtesy also.

“But the Mussulmans were not in a mood to learn anything that required hard work and application, especially as they had to work harder than their former subjects, the Hindus. Moreover, they resented competing with the Hindus, whom they had till recently regarded as their inferiors. The Hindus, from a subservient state, came into the lands, offices and other worldly advantages of their former masters. Their exultation knew no bounds, and they trod upon the heels of their former masters. The Mussaulmans would have nothing to do with anything in which they might have to come into contact with the Hindus. The fall of their former greatness rankled in their hearts.”

Having successfully regained the status of the “Muslim ruling class of Pakistan”, in 1947 which they had “lost to the British in 1857”, the Pakistanis just cannot forget that their predecessors (even if not necessarily bound by blood) were the minority ruling class over a vast majority of non-Muslim people which, at its peak, stretched from the Hindukush to Chittagong and Kashmir to Cauvery. Hence, “once a ruler, always a ruler” is the attitude. And that is the problem. The Pakistanis, thus, given a chance, would like to get as much and as many of their co-religionists as possible under a single religious umbrella to spread the mantra of its rule over India. Unfortunately, some Indians of “civil society” have decided to look the other way to avoid the issue thereby abdicating their duty and responsibility to protect and preserve freedom. That is the “wonder that is India”!

*The writer is an alumnus of the National Defence College of India and a member of International Institute for Strategic Studies, London

Courtesy : The Statesman||Mr. ABHIJIT BHATTACHARYYA||International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.