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Pakistan helps LeT and JuD to achieve its True Goal:: Capture India, not only Kashmir from these 42 ‘terror’ camps.

March 18, 2010

India’s Defense Minister A.K. Antony. – AP (File Photo) L. ……… Pakistani Defense Minister C. A. Mukhtar – CNN (File Photo) R.

Pakistan refuses to close 42 ‘terror’ camps: India

Thu, 18 Mar, 2010 | Rabi-us-Sani 1, 1431

VASCO: India on Wednesday said 42 militant training camps were operating in Pakistan and accused the country’s government of making little effort to close them.

The accusation came after the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met last month for the first official talks since the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, which India blames on Pakistani militants.

“There are 42 terror camps in Pakistan (and) all the terrorist camps are active,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony said at a military function in Goa state.

“Pakistan has not taken serious steps to destroy these terror camps,” he said.

India blames the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for the Mumbai attacks, which left 166 people dead and another 300 injured.

The recent talks between the nations resulted only in a promise that both sides would stay in communication.

“As far as the dialogue is concerned, India will explore all possibilities but I don’t expect any miracles,” Antony said.

Pakistani Lashkar’s true goal : India, not only Kashmir.

Aim to set up Islamic state in South Asia: Experts

Ashish Kumar Sen writes from Washington||The Tribune, Chandigarh, India, Sunday, March 14, 2010

Recent actions by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) have fuelled a belief in Washington that the militant group’s agenda is much broader than a resolution of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.

At a congressional hearing this week, analysts made the point that LeT would no longer be satisfied if India and Pakistan resolve their differences over Kashmir. Ashley Tellis at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told the panel of lawmakers that there was no doubt in his mind that a way must be found to settle issues related to Kashmir, but, he added, “I think resolving Kashmir is not going to solve the problems relating to LeT.”

Shuja Nawaz of the Atlantic Council echoed that opinion. “Resolving the Kashmir problem by itself is not going to remove this threat because the aim of these groups is to leverage themselves into a position of power inside Pakistan and to take control,” he said.

Nawaz noted that successive civilian and military leaders in Pakistan had supported LeT as what he described as a “strategic asset” to counter India and force it to negotiate a settlement on Kashmir “by waging a war of… a thousand cuts.”

Over time, LeT took a life of its own, he said, and found the economically backward regions of Pakistan’s Punjab province to be a fertile ground for recruiting militants.

Nawaz said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency lost control of LeT as the group became self-sufficient. “Similar to the disbanding of the Iraqi Army after the US invasion when thousands of trained soldiers and officers were let go, the LeT was cut loose without a comprehensive plan to disarm, retrain, and gainfully employ the fighters,” he added.

Earlier this year, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the alleged mastermind of the Mumbai attacks, accused India of imposing war on Pakistan by constructing “illegal dams” and diverting the water of Pakistani rivers.

In a fiery diatribe at the launch of a “nationwide protest,” Saeed called upon the Pakistani government to prepare the country to counter this aggression. This focus on water issues has added credence to an opinion held by a growing majority that Kashmir is merely a red herring raised by LeT and its affiliates.

“LeT represents… a Frankenstein’s monster created for the purpose of assisting the Kashmiri freedom movement but that ended up becoming a powerful Sunni Punjabi movement with an independent agenda that appears to have taken on a broader regional role,” Nawaz contended.

Responding to questions raised by congressmen, Tellis said, “I always find it interesting that the people conducting the murder and mayhem (in the valley) today are not Kashmiri. The people who actually are deprived of all their political rights. The murder and mayhem is being conducted by groups that have absolutely no connections to Kashmir. To my mind … the fact that this is a group that has operations in 21 countries, that has an ideology that is completely anti-western, that is opposed to modernity and secularism and all the kinds of values that we take for granted. This group is not going to be satisfied by dealing with the issue of Kashmir.”

While the panel’s co-chair, Dan Burton, Indiana Republican, was insistent that the resolution of Kashmir should be the No. 1 issue for everyone involved, subcommittee chairman Gary Ackerman, New York Democrat, disagreed. Ackerman cautioned against the temptation to think that LeT is interested only in the “liberation” of Kashmir. “The LeT’s true goal is not Kashmir, it is India. And the LeT is not shy about announcing that its intention is to establish an Islamic state in all South Asia. Neither does it hide or try to play down its declaration of war against all Hindus and Jews, who they insist are enemies of Islam,” he said.

Courtesy : DawnNews, AP, The Tribune-Chandigarh and CNN.

Bomb blast wounds 13 in Rawalakot district in Pak administrated Kashmir.

January 27, 2010

Security personnel survey a damaged vehicle at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the outskirts of Rawalakot, Pakistan-administrated Kashmir on January 16, 2010. – Reuters

Bomb blast wounds 13 in Rawalakot district

Wednesday, 27 Jan, 2010||Safar 11, 1431

MUZAFFARABAD: Thirteen police and civilian explosives experts were wounded Wednesday when a homemade bomb they were trying to defuse in Pakistan-administered Kashmir detonated, said police official Iftikhar Kiani. The explosives were hidden in a milk container planted on a road leading to a military base, he said.

The explosion took place in Rawalakot district, more than 120 kilometres (74 miles) south of regional capital Muzaffarabad, and was the latest in a spike of attacks in the disputed Himalayan region, which is also claimed by India.^Bomb blast wounds 13 in Rawalakot^

“The bomb was planted in a casket of milk in front of a local school. The school might have been the target, we are investigating” said Chaudry Mohammad Raqeeb, a senior administrative official.

Bomb disposal experts were called to the scene, but the device exploded early Wednesday as they were working to disable it. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Two of the wounded men were transferred to the garrison town of Rawalpindi outside the capital, Islamabad, because of the serious nature of their injuries, said Kiani.

“This is the same chain of blasts taking place in Kashmir,” said Sajjad Hussain, a senior police official in Rawalakot, referring to five other bombings that have hit the region since June last year.

Courtesy: Dawn & Reuters.

Suicide bomber killed four security personnel and injured 10 others in blast near Rawalakot in POK.

January 6, 2010

Army soldiers rush to a spot of a suicide attack in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, June 26, 2009. — AP/File

Four security personnel killed in blast near Rawalakot

Wed, 06 Jan, 2010 | Muharram 19, 1431
RAWLA KOT: At least four people were killed and 10 others injured in a blast in Fauji Field Hospital situated in Tarar Khal area of Palandari district of Azad Kashmir, Geo News reported Wednesday.

The blast occurred near a residential barracks of Military Dispensary Hospital at 0650am, injuring at least 14 people, who were rushed to CMH Rawla Kot. However, four of them succumbed to injuries.

The government officials said the blast occurred near a laundry of Tarar Khal military barracks.

The security forces put security cordon around the area after the blast and stopped movement of all kinds.

Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Hyder, reacting on the blast, said the attack on the Army in Azad Kashmir is unacceptable, adding the attackers are implementing the agenda put up by India.

Raja Farooq Hyder said the attackers are not human beings, instead they are mice, as they hide themselves after their activities; but, we will grab the responsible and will take them to task.

The bombing came a day after President Asif Ali Zardari visited the area — a fault line that has sparked two wars with India and distracted Pakistani attention from an expanding Taliban menace along the Afghan border.

The attacker detonated his explosives outside a barracks in Tarar Khal, southeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

“It was a suicide attack. The target was the army barracks. We have collected evidence and body parts of the attacker which proves that it was a suicide attack,” police official Irfan Masaood Kishvi said.

Sardar Khurshid, another senior police officer in the area, said: “I can confirm that four soldiers were martyred and 11 wounded in the blast.”

Kashmir was split into two in the bloody aftermath of independence from British rule over the subcontinent in 1947. India and Pakistan each control a part of the mountainous land but both claim the region in full.

Wednesday’s attack was the fourth suicide bombing in Pakistan-administered Kashmir since June. On December 27, a bomber killed seven people outside a mosque in Muzaffarabad and analysts warn that the Taliban are extending their reach.

Militants have killed more than 2,890 people across Pakistan since July 2007, until recently concentrating attacks in the northwest, the neighbouring tribal belt and cities rather than the northern mountains and the east.

The elected leader of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider, condemned the attack in Tarar Khal and blamed Taliban-linked extremists.

“The terrorists have attacked the Pakistan army and the entire Kashmiri nation condemns this attack,” he told AFP, confirming the death toll of four dead and 11 wounded.

“A foreign hand is involved in all these incidents. These people are not coming across the line of control but from our western borders,” he said.

Militants say their campaign, which has become deadlier over the last year, is to avenge military offensives and Pakistan’s unpopular alliance with the United States in the eight-war against the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan.

On New Year’s Day, one of Pakistan’s worst bombings killed 101 people at a volleyball match in a key pro-government area of the northwest.

The attacks show militants are trying to maximise pressure on the authorities after an October army operation dislocated the Pakistani Taliban from its stronghold in the tribal district of South Waziristan.

“If they are coming from let’s say, these tribal areas, then perhaps the underlying assumption may be that they want to expand their activities to build a greater pressure,” said security analyst Hasan Askari.

The United States is putting pressure on Pakistan to do more to eliminate Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants along its border with Afghanistan, but the Pakistani military still eyes India as the primary threat to the country.

“The whole focus of the world is on Pakistan. Regional peace is linked with the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and peace can only come if the issue is resolved,” Zardari said Tuesday.

The bulk of Pakistan’s armed forces are based in the east of the country, although tens of thousands of troops have been waging offensives against Taliban strongholds on the Afghan border in recent years.

Relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated drastically after the November 2007 attacks on Mumbai, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants and accused “official agencies” of abetting.

India has accused Pakistan of arming and funding militants waging the insurgency in Kashmir, although Islamabad denies all charges.

Courtesy : Dawn,  AP & Others.