Monday, July 24, 2006

It is not the job of the US to stop Pakistani terrorism against India

Indian Government has made a habit of running to the US each time a new devastating instance of Pakistani terrorism occurs against India.

Just like a beaten-up school-boy runs to the teacher: "Teacher, Teacher, look look, the classroom bully has beaten me up... Aap kucch kijiye naa !!!"

As if it is the job of the US Government to keep India's citizens safe. That is the job of the Indian Government.

These terror attacks are just a small part of a long history of Islamic terror. India has faced a thousand years of vicious and violent attacks from Radical Islamists: Aurangzeb, Alla-ud-din Khiljee, Ghiyas-ud-din Balban, Muhammad bin Qasim, Muhammad bin Tughlaq, Muhammad Ghori, Mahmood of Ghazni, Nadir Shah, Ahmed Shah Abdali, Timurlane, Babur, and Tipu Sultan, and several tens of mass-murderers more over a thousand years of Taliban-style religious oppression and persecution that made an entire "Hindu Kush" ("Hindu killing") mountain range of the mighty Himalayas recollect the horror for all time, culminating in the infamous rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and now Musharraf: the people change, their roles remain the same: the ethnic cleansing of the kaafir Hindus and Sikhs from what little remains of their ancestral homeland. While this was difficult earlier because of limitations of destructive and transportation technology, and because of valiant Hindu and Sikh leaders like Chhatrapati Shivaji, Rana Pratap, Rana Sanga, Prithviraj Chauhan, Guru Teg Bahadur and the other Nine Gurus, the Hindus and Sikhs (and moderate Muslims) of India today have elected spineless, cowardly, money-hungry, unprincipled, and character-less eunuchs like Manmohan Singh, Lallu Prasad, and Mulla Mulayam to rule over them, making idiotic noises in press conferences while safely protected by their brave and selfless Black Cat Comando body-guards. So, the elimination of the kaafirs is proceeding with accelerating pace as RDX does the job far more effectively than the sword from a thousand years ago, while the thieving eunuchs who rule India watch on impassively as innocent Indians die, while they calculate how to stay on in power for another five years using the Muslim and various Caste Vote Banks, and check up on how much money they've managed to steal from the pockets of hard-working Indians and hoard in their Swiss bank accounts.

Indian lives don't matter to the US Government (whether Republican or Democrat) because India's own Government does not care about the lives of its own citizens.

India's own Government does not care about the lives of its own citizens because it knows that India's people have a very short memory. They forget the victims of past terror attacks within a couple of weeks, and move on. "Everything goes back to normal".

So, the Home Minister Shivraj Patil sits tight in spite of all-round failure in maintaining the safety and security of innocent Indian lives from Pakistani terror attacks, knowing that Indians will not remember these attacks long enough to punish him for his incompetence and lack of concern about the need to keep Indian lives safe.

Since India's own Government does not care about keeping Indians safe, why should other countries -- like USA -- care ? It is not their responsibility to keep Indians safe from Pakistani terrorism.

Pakistan is useful to them. Pakistan dances to their tune. Pakistan serves as their lap-dog. So they keep Pakistan safe from Indian retaliation. They will never support India against Pakistan, in spite of all the evidence we have given them so far of Pakistani Government and ISI's active involvement in terrorism in Punjab in the past and in Kashmir now.

Why should they ? India's own Government does not care about its own people. India's secular leaders like Mulla Mulayam support and defend terrorist groups like SIMI -- a group that has explicitly called for the establishement of an Islamic state in place of secular India through terrorism as part of violent religious war or Jihad -- immediately after clear evidence of their involvement (along with Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayiba) in the Mumbai blasts, and blame RSS instead, without any evidence at all, hoping to emerge champions of the Indian Muslim community.

India's own leaders don't care about what happens to innocent Indians; all they care is who gets how much of the Muslim vote bank.

So why should the US care about helping India save her innocent citizens from Pakistani terrorism ?

Nobody can save people who do nothing to save themselves. Indians have allowed a bunch of morons like Sonia Gandhi, Lallu Prasad, Mulla Mulayam, Arjun Singh, etc, ostensibly led by a reasonably educated economist called Manmohan Singh who has no political power at all and instead acts as a puppet for Sonia, to rule their country. Now they deserve to get what happens to people who select a bunch of morons to rule them.

Blaming the US is useless. The US will only do what is best for itself. Every country has the right to do what is best for itself. The US has no responsibility to help India against Pakistani terrorism.

So it is no surprise that the US prefers to help Pakistan -- by shielding it from punishment from India for the crimes it has been committing aganinst India by killing innocent Indian men women and children through acts of terror -- rather than help India.

Edit: The phrase "wearing saris and bangles" (used to describe Indian politicians) was removed because it is offensive to Indian women.

B Raman writes on Rediff:
'Never trust the US on Pakistan'

July 21, 2006

There has been considerable disappointment in India over what is perceived as the continuing US reluctance to act against Pakistan for using terrorism against India.

The negative attitude of President Bush and the US State Department in the wake of the Mumbai blasts of July 11 is nothing new. Protection of Pakistan from the consequences of its wrong-doing against India has been a consistent element in US policy-making towards India and Pakistan ever since our independence in 1947 -- whichever party was in power in Washington, DC.

To illustrate this, I am giving below instances, which were within my personal knowledge as an officer of the Intelligence Bureau from July 1967 to September 1968, and of the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) from September 1968 to August 31, 1994:

The Sino-Indian war of 1962 brought out the serious inadequacies in the IB's capability for the collection of technical intelligence about China. After obtaining then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru's approval, the IB sought the assistance of US intelligence for strengthening its TECHINT capability.

US intelligence, with the approval of John F Kennedy, then the US president, agreed to supply the required equipment and train IB officers who would be using this equipment. However, it imposed a condition that this equipment would be used only for the collection of TECHINT from China and not from Pakistan. When R&AW was formed in September 1968, with the late Rameshwar Nath Kao as its head, the division handling this equipment was transferred to R&AW.

In the 1970s, Kao visited Washington, DC at the invitation of the then director of the Central Intelligence Agency to discuss Indo-US intelligence cooperation.

Some years later, Kao told me that during his discussions in Washington DC, the CIA chief told him as follows: 'Ramji, we all cheat in this profession. I know R&AW will cheat and use the equipment given by us for the collection of TECHINT about Pakistan. Make sure our State Department does not come to know of it. If it does, the State Department will demand that we cancel our cooperation with you and withdraw from you the equipment given by us. I will have to do this.'

Between 1981 and 1984, Khalistani terrorists hijacked a number of Indian Airlines aircraft to Lahore. When one of these aircraft landed in Lahore, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence found the hijackers had no weapons.

They had intimidated the pilot into flying to Lahore by claiming that they had a weapon which they would use if he did not obey their instructions. The ISI gave the hijackers a German-made revolver. They used that revolver to intimidate the pilot to take the plane to Dubai. The Dubai authorities terminated the hijacking, seized the revolver from the hijackers and handed it over to the Indian authorities.

R&AW sought the assistance of the then West German intelligence to find out who this revolver was sold to by the German company that had manufactured it. After making enquiries, the West German intelligence replied that the revolver seized by the Dubai authorities from the Khalistani hijackers was part of a consignment sold by the West German company to the Pakistan army.

The State Department was not prepared to accept this as adequate proof of Pakistani sponsorship of terrorism against India.

After the Khalistanis took to terrorism in 1981 with the ISI's assistance, the IB and R&AW collected a lot of intelligence regarding ISI training camps in Pakistani Punjab for the terrorists, the arms and ammunition supplied by the ISI to the terrorists etc.

Whenever we produced this intelligence before the US authorities and requested them to act against Pakistan, they would reject it on the ground that the intelligence was gathered during interrogation of suspects, who must have been tortured by the Indian police.

When we produced technical intercepts, they would reject them on the ground that it was difficult to prove their authenticity.

After the blowing up of Air India's Kanishka off the Irish coast on June 23, 1985, Western intelligence agencies got worried over the activities of the Khalistani terrorists. Many of them started monitoring the activities of the terrorists. They collected valuable technical intelligence regarding the ISI's assistance to the terrorists.

One Western agency even collected intelligence that the ISI had given shelter in Pakistani territory to Talwinder Singh Parmar, the leader of the Babbar Khalsa in Canada, who was actively involved in blowing-up the Kanishka.

These agencies (not those of the US) shared with R&AW all the intelligence collected by them about the links between the ISI and Khalistani terrorists. I was asked to visit the headquarters of these intelligence agencies, meet my counterparts and request them to share with the CIA the intelligence collected by them regarding the Pakistani sponsorship of terrorism.

I did so, and told my counterparts: "Look, I have not been able to convince the CIA about the Pakistani sponsorship. Every time I produce any intelligence, the CIA rejects it on some ground or the other. You have collected your own independent intelligence. If you share it with the CIA, it would find it difficult to reject it."

All my interlocutors gave me identical replies: "We know the CIA has more intelligence regarding the Pakistani sponsorship of terrorism against India than all of us together have. The CIA was convinced a long time ago about the ISI's sponsorship of terrorism. The problem is not with the CIA. It is with the State Department, which does not want to act against Pakistan."

In the early 1990s, Lal Singh alias Manjit Singh of the International Sikh Youth Federation clandestinely came to India from Pakistan. The Gujarat police arrested him. He was wanted in a number of cases in India, the US and Canada.

I informed my counterparts in the Canadian and US intelligence that they could send their officers to interrogating him. I assured them that no Indian officer would be present during the interrogation. The Canadians availed of the offer and sent a police officer to interrogate him. The US agencies decided not to avail of the offer.

I came to understand later that the State Department advised them not to send anybody to interrogate him. It was apparently afraid that if Lal Singh gave the US interrogator details of the ISI's role, it would find it difficult to reject his evidence as possibly obtained through torture.

In 1992, under the instructions of (then prime minister P V) Narasimha Rao, the IB, R&AW and the ministry of home affairs mounted a coordinated campaign to make the international community and US political and public opinion aware of the Pakistani sponsorship of terrorism against India.

The IB and R&AW prepared a detailed dossier giving details of all the evidence collected by them against the ISI. A team consisting of two officers of the home ministry and one from the IB was sent to Washington to hand over copies of this dossier to the US authorities and request them to declare Pakistan as a State sponsor of terrorism.

After doing so, they also presented the dossier at a press conference at the Washington Press Club. The State Department summarily rejected the dossier.

In 1992, terrorists belonging to the Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front attacked a group of young Israeli tourists, who had gone to J&K. They killed one of them and kidnapped another, who was subsequently released. Following this incident, Jewish circles started criticising the unsympathetic attitude of the US towards India's complaints against Pakistan.

Just before the presidential elections of November 1992, President George H W Bush, the father of the present president, reportedly ordered a second look at the dossier against Pakistan submitted by India.

The officials, who did so, reportedly recommended that instead of declaring Pakistan a State sponsor of terrorism, it could be placed in a list of suspected State sponsors of terrorism. Bush, who lost the election to Bill Clinton, did not act on the recommendation. He left the decision to his successor.

After assuming office in January 1993, Clinton placed Pakistan on a list of suspected State sponsors of terrorism. The weighty nature of the Indian dossier played a role in this decision, but there was a more important reason. The CIA had developed a strong dislike of Lieutenant General Javed Nasir, the then director general, ISI, for not cooperating with a drive launched by it to persuade the Afghan mujahideen to sell back to the US their unused stock of Stinger missiles, given to them for use against Soviet troops.

The US used the Indian dossier to force then prime minister Nawaz Sharif to remove Javed Nasir and some other ISI officers, whom it looked upon as uncooperative in its efforts to buy back the Stinger missiles. Nawaz Sharif complied.

Benazir Bhutto, who was then the leader of the Opposition, rang up Peter Galbraith, son of former the US ambassador to India J K Galbraith, and some other university mates of hers, who were close friends of Clinton, to request them to see that Pakistan was not declared a State sponsor of terrorism.

She told them she expected elections to be held in Pakistan later that year and that she was confident of coming back to power. She assured them that if she came back as prime minister, she would stop the ISI's use of terrorism against India.

In July 1993, Warren Christopher, the then secretary of state, announced that the US had decided to remove Pakistan from the list of suspected State sponsors of terrorism for want of adequate evidence. Benazir Bhutto won the elections in October 1993, and returned as prime minister. But she did not ask the ISI to stop the use of terrorism against India. R&AW must have in its archives the transcripts of Bhutto's telephonic conversations with Peter Galbraith and others.

During the investigations into the serial blasts of March 12, 1993 in Mumbai, the IB and R&AW collected the following evidence regarding the involvement of the ISI:

* Photocopies of the manifests of the Pakistan International Airlines regarding the travel of the perpetrators from Dubai to Karachi for training and their return to Dubai after the training;
* Their traveling with visas on plain sheets of paper issued by the Pakistani consulate in Dubai so that their Indian passports did not carry any entry of their visit to Pakistan;
* Evidence of their being received at Karachi airport and driven directly from the tarmac into the city without having to pass through immigration; statements of the perpetrators in which they gave the details of the training and arms and ammunition given to them by the ISI;
Evidence that they fled to Karachi via Dubai or Kathmandu after the blasts and from there were taken to Bangkok and kept there for a month by the ISI.

All this evidence was rejected by the US as falling short of proving Pakistani complicity.

The police recovered from the blast site some hand grenades of Austrian design and a timer. Austrian experts flew to New Delhi, examined the hand-grenades and certified in writing that these grenades were of Austrian design and had been manufactured in a Pakistani government ordnance factory with technology and machine tools sold by an Austrian company to the Pakistan government.

They said the Government of India could use their report for any purpose it desired.

American counter-terrorism experts, who visited Mumbai at our invitation, saw the timer and said that it looked like timers manufactured in the US. They wanted to take it to the US for forensic examination. They promised they would return it after the examination. I agreed to it.

After some days, they sent me an unsigned report on a plain piece of paper that the timer had been manufactured in the US and was part of a consignment given by the US to Pakistan in the 1980s.

I pointed out this was the smoking gun which they had been asking for and said they should now be able to declare Pakistan a State sponsor of terrorism.

They said this was not sufficient evidence against the government of Pakistan. They claimed that there were instances of leakage of arms and ammunition from Pakistan government stocks into the hands of arms smugglers and contended that the terrorists could have procured it in the smugglers market. They also said their report could not be used by us in a court of law.

When I asked them to return the timer, they claimed their forensic laboratory had destroyed the timer by mistake and that they were taking action against the lab for negligence.

After my retirement, I used to narrate to Kao and others how the Americans cheated me by destroying the timer. Once, Kao asked: "How were you so naive in trusting them and handing over the timer to them? One should never trust the US in matters concerning Pakistan. The US will never act against Pakistan for anything it does to India."

This is as valid today as it was in the past.

Rediff reports on more evidence of terror camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir:

'Terrorist camps exist in PoK, Pakistan'

July 22, 2006 18:37 IST

Mudasir Gujri, a top commander of the Lashker-e-Tayiba, arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police, has confirmed that Pakistani agencies were training terrorists in camps across the border.

Mudasir, the mastermind behind the series of blasts in Srinagar, Jammu and fidayeen attack on Congress rally in April, May and July this year, has confessed to the presence of a number of training camps in Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, state Director General of Police Gopal Sharma told reporters in Srinagar on Saturday.

He said Mudasir has revealed certain details about the LeT and the direct hand of the Pakistani agencies in training terrorists and organising subversive activities in Kashmir.

Asked if Mudasir had said anything about the Mumbai blasts, the police chief replied in the negative.

Sharma said one Abu Alqama, based in Pakistan, was controlling all terrorist operations in the Jammu and Kashmir. According to Mudasir, it was Abu Alqama who had directed him to target tourists and Amarnath pilgrims.

The Jammu and Kashmir police chief said Lashkar-e-Tayiba had a separate operational chief for other Indian states. "We had information that one Jehangir was heading the operations in other Indian states," he said.

He said Mudasir, who carries several aliases to his name, a resident of Tillar in Kishtwar area of Doda district in Jammu region, was a Pakistani national. Mudasir was motivated by one Abu Osama of Pakistan in 1999 to join the LeT and was taken to Pakistan via Hill Kaka in Poonch.

After spending four years there in different training camps, including Ibn Tamiya and Abdullah Bin Masood at Kotli in PoK, he received religious indoctrination at Markaz Tayiba at Mureed-ke in Lahore where he met top LeT leaders including Abu Abdullah Gazi, Abu Usama and several Inter Services Intelligence trainers before being finally pushed back here in August 2004 via Athmuqam.

Sharma said Mudasir was coordinating and organising attacks in the Kashmir valley, particularly in Srinagar city. He was behind the grenade attacks on Border Security Force and Central Reserve Police Force bunkers in the valley.

Sharma said Mudasir, a resident of Tilar, Kishtwar, in Doda district of Jammu region has admitted his involvement in the militancy-related incidents. It was he who distributed grenades among the militants for carrying out a series of grenade attacks in the city on April 14 and July 11 in which more than a dozen persons, mostly tourists from Kolkata, were killed and scores injured.

The police chief said Mudasir also masterminded the Fidayeen attack on a Congress rally here on May 21 in which seven police personnel were killed and Inspector General of Police K Rajinder Kumar was injured.

He said following the assault on chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat Conference in Jammu by Shiv Sena activists, Abu Alqame directed Mudasir to take revenge. However, on the direction of Abu, Mudasir sent three terrorists -- Master Bilal, Riyaz Babu and Wasim, a resident of Srinagar -- to Jammu next morning.

Sharma said Mudasir and three terrorists, since arrested, reached Jammu at 0230 hours and after hurling grenades near a bus stand returned back to Srinagar. He said Mudasir was responsible for other various grenade attacks, shootings and killings at Sopore, Srinagar and other parts of the valley.


At 8:30 pm, Blogger Perestroika said...

i appreciate your efforts, I too have very similar views on many of these issues. I have linked you to my blog, hope u do not mind.

At 7:45 am, Blogger Bahu of Bengal said...

Excellent article, but as an American, I do not agree that is in our interest to shield Pakistan from punishment from India. I do agree that unprincipled and corrupt politicians are counting on the short memory of Indian people concerning terrorist attacks.

At 10:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with you...but why should the US govt care what happens to the Indians..they have their importance as long as we still keep they send us condolences and send pakitstan fighter planes...this way they will be able to keep their economy sustaining the hostilities in our continent they are making more money...

this has been the US stance from the beginning...

and coming to the politicians...i happened to read 'a soldiers diary' in which u can clearly see how the govt failed to handle the situation...for an initial phase of 2 weeks they maintained that we were fighting militants and insurgents when reports were coming from frontlines that they were pakistani regulars...and announcing that the tololing peak has been recaptured when it has not been and then rushing the army to do so since it has been announced...what a shame...i think many of the losses could have been prevented had the top brass of milatary and govt decided to process the information provided by the intelligence community

i sincerely appreciate all your efforts and i will try to help you as much as i can

an Indian

p.s: for those of you who think that kargil was a the book..'a soldiers diary' will realise how close pakistan came close to cutting off siachen completely from india


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