Sunday, October 08, 2006

A close look at the worldwide Islamo-Fascist terror network I

YANNIS KONTOS / POLARIS
Two members of Jaish-e-Mohammed


Since 1989, India has been the victim of Pakistani-trained Islamic terrorists -- the same terrorists who had been fighting against the Soviets in Afghanistan till 1989, when the USSR finally withdrew from Afghanistan.

The rest of the world has casually watched these Crimes against Humanity committed by Pakistan's Islamic terrorists for 17 years since 1989 while India repeatedly accused Pakistan of sending trained criminals across the Line of Control into Jammu and Kashmir to kill innocent Indian men, women, and children.

The terrorists killed Hindu families, raped Hindu women, and caused almost the entire Kashmiri Hindu community to live in exile. At the same time, the Radical Sunni Salafist Islamists killed moderate and secular Kashmiri Muslims loyal to India. Supporters of Indian political parties were murdered. Kashmiris were threatened not to participate in elections held by India to elect State and Parliamentary representatives of the people. Candidates in elections were killed. People voting were identified and many of them later gunned down.

Kashmiri women were ordered to stay indoors, and wear a burqa and be accompanied by a male from the family when travelling outdoors. The same medieval laws the Taliban had enforced in Afghanistan were forced upon the secular and moderate Muslims of Kashmir. Women found not wearing burqas in public had acid bulbs thrown at their faces, permanently disfiguring them.

Kashmir's Sufi shrines were destroyed by the Sunni Salafist Islamic terrorists. In their view, Sufism is un-Islamic because of its association of music and dance with God. Sufis are mystics who think they can reach God through music and dance. Pakistani and Saudi hardliners cannot tolerate the ideology.

Sufis of Kashmir preserve a single hair of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad in the "Hazratbal" mosque in Kashmir. (Hazratbal means "hair of the Hazrat"; bal means "hair" in Hindi). The Sufis hold this hair in high esteem. The Saudi Salafist and Pakistani hardliners consider this "idolatry" or "idol-worship", which in their view is un-Islamic, and punishable with death.

A large number of major Sufi shrines have been attacked by Pakistani terrorists in the last 17 years of terrorism -- including the Hazratbal mosque and the 700 year old shrine of Sufi saint Shaikh Noor-ud-din Chisti at Chrar-e-Sharief. Many of these shrines, including the Chrar-e-Sharief, are wooden structures. The terrorists set fire to them with grenades and other explosives and burnt them to the ground.

Since 1947 the Islamo-Fascists running Pakistan have wiped out the Hindu minority there. The process is currently being executed in Bangladesh. Hindu minorities are being exterminated through killings of men, kidnappings, rape, torture and forcible conversions of women, forced eviction and occupation of property of Hindu families, arrests, torture, extraction of confessions, and execution of Hindus on false charges, and similar means. The police and judiciary of Pakistan and Bangladesh turn a blind eye and often actively collaborate in these actions.

The Hindus of Pakistan have been reduced from 18% of Pakistan's population in 1950 to 0.1% today. The Hindus of Bangladesh are following the same path to extermination. The number of Hindus already missing in Bangladesh since 1971 is estimated at 11 million.

These exterminations constitute the biggest genocides in known human history. But the West does not care. Hindu lives don't matter to anybody. Not to the Christian West; not even to Hindu-majority India, which ignores the plight of Hindus and only focuses on preserving the interests of Muslims, Christians and other minorities following a warped anti-Hindu version of "secularism".

However, injustice usually meets punishment. The West is beginning to realise that it will have to pay a heavy price for its callous disregard for the millions of Hindu lives that have been destroyed by Islamo-Fascists. The same Radical Islamists now have the West in their cross-hairs.

If the West had done the right thing and followed international law when Hindu genocides had been going on in these Islamic countries, then Radical Islam would probably have been defeated a lot sooner and the events of 9/11, 7/7, and 3/11 would probably never have happened.

Now, it is not clear that Radical Islam can be defeated at all. Al Qaeda is only a few steps away from acquiring nuclear devices. Every few months new terrifying terrorist plots are being luckily uncovered. New attacks of unprecedented dimensions are being planned with increasing frequency and it is conceivable that sooner or later one or more of them will succeed.

There is still time. But there is very little time to waste. The West must get rid of its hypocrisy and its callous disregard for Hindu lives. The real enemy of the Civilized World is Pakistan, not Iraq. Pakistan created Al Qaeda. Pakistan created Taliban. Pakistan created LAshkar-e-Tayiba. Pakistan created Jaish-e-Muhammad. All the terrorists of all the major terror plots carried out or caught in recent times (including the 7/7 attacks in London and the recently uncovered plot to blow up 10 planes in mid-air en-route to USA from UK) have been trained in Pakistan.

And Pakistan has the nuclear bomb.

Pakistan has already been caught selling nuclear technology to Iran and North Korea.

Osama bin Laden is widely thought to be hiding in Pakistan.

And the West continues to call Pakistan a "front-line ally" in the war on terror. And they continue to ask India to hold peace talks with Pakistan, not even 24 hours after Pakistani terrorists killed over 200 innocent Indians and maimed over 700 Indians in the terror attacks in Mumbai on July 11 2006.

What is this, if not hypocrisy of the highest level ?

The West must be honest, or it will not survive. There is still time.

Time Magazine reports:

World
Exclusive: A Kashmiri Tie to the Terror Plot
A key suspect in the foiled airline bombing plan who was arrested in Pakistan has links to one of India's most wanted terrorists
By JESSICA CARSEN/LONDON

Aug. 16, 2006
One of the British suspects detained in Pakistan as part of the investigation into the alleged plot to blow up planes flying from Great Britain to the U.S. is connected to the militant Islamic leader Maulana Masood Azhar, one of India's most wanted terrorists. Azhar family members told TIME that the sister-in law of Rashid Rauf, 25, who Pakistani intelligence officers fingered early on as a "key suspect," is married to Azhar's brother.

In a further link, the father of Rauf's wife and her sister runs Darul Uloom Madina, one of Pakistan's biggest and most hardline seminaries, with some 2,000 students, in Bahawalpur, Azhar's hometown. Rauf's arrest in Bahawalpur was one of the events that prompted British police to swoop in on the suspected London conspirators last Thursday, for fear they would become suspicious if they lost contact with such a central figure in their plans.

Although Azhar, in his late 30s, is now in hiding, he continues to lead the militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, which is opposed to Indian rule of the disputed region of Kashmir and is said to have been behind the 2004 assassination attempt of President Pervez Musharraf and several other terror attacks. Azhar founded the group after he was released from an Indian prison in December 1999 in exchange for 155 passengers from a hijacked Indian airliner. Another prisoner released at the same time was Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh, a militant close to Jaish-e-Muhammad who was subsequently convicted of abducting U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl and sentencing him to death. At a rally in Karachi in January 2000 Azhar exhorted the crowd that "Muslims should not rest in peace until we have destroyed America and India."

While senior Pakistani officials do not believe Azhar is directly linked to recent terrorist activity in Pakistan or to al-Qaeda, it is believed rebel members of his group are now forging links with Osama Bin Laden's Afghanistan-based network.

Rauf, who is believed to have two daughters, aged two and eight months, is known to have shuttled between his base in Pakistan and Kandahar and Paktia in Afghanistan. Until 2002, he lived in Birmingham, England, but left after the murder of his uncle, which was never solved. His younger brother Tayib was one of two suspects arrested in Birmingham last week in the wave of British raids that has netted 23 people in total. U.K. intelligence officers are now expected to fly to Pakistan to interrogate Rauf and hope to bring him back to the U.K.; however there are no formal extradition treaties with Pakistan.

A charity called Crescent Relief founded by the Rauf's father, Abdul, which collected money for last year's Pakistani earthquake relief, effort is also under the microscope. A London-based independent security analyst said money was transferred from Crescent Relief late last year into three accounts in three separate banks in the Mirpur region of Kashmir. The accounts belonged to suspects arrested in the U.K. and Pakistan in the past week, the source said.Officials at Crescent Relief were unavailable for comment, and Pakistan's Foreign Ministry has dismissed reports that a tie to earthquake relief funds is being investigated. "Rashid Rauf had nothing to do with any charity involved in the earthquake relief work or with any relief work as such," said Tasneem Aslam, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

In a separate development, Tuesday evening a senior Pakistani intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Islamabad that an al-Qaeda leader based in Afghanistan masterminded the British plot. While he did not identify the leader, the official suggested he was close to the rank of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, a Libyan said to have been a high-ranking operative arrested in Pakistan in May last year and later turned over to the U.S. But the direct involvement of Osama Bin Laden or Ayman al-Zawahri on this particular plot was ruled out by the official.

At the same time, investigators are examining links between the British detainees and known Islamic extremists in Germany. Counter-terrorism officers there are trying to ascertain the connection between at least one of the London suspects and the wife of a Hamburg al-Qaeda cell fugitive linked to the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.

The international dimension of the investigation has mobilized European politicians eager to present a united front against terrorism. Wednesday morning, British Home Office minister John Reid, who earlier this week warned that another 24 plots had been detected in the U.K., briefed his E.U. counterparts on the London investigation and urged them to ensure security measures were consistent across the Continent. "We face a common threat and must respond in common fashion," Reid told them, warning that threat was evolving all the time.

He didn't have to do much to convince them. Near the end of the meeting Franco Frattini, vice president of the European Commission on Liberty, Justice and Security mapped out the enhanced practical measures that E.U. leaders will announce in a formal plan over the next few days. They include extending existing research on explosives (particularly liquid explosives), a tougher crackdown on inflammatory websites or those that detail bomb-making expertise, and encouraging security officials to share biometric data of suspected persons more often and more rapidly.

Nicolas Sarkozy, French Interior Minister, also suggested the establishment, at an E.U. level, of counter-terror expert teams ready to help member states when needed. These would be similar to the "rapid reaction teams"at the disposal of the E.U. under its solidarity agreement, which aid member states in preventing illegal immigration.

Meanwhile, police in London Wednesday were granted by the courts more time to question the suspects in their custody, who include at least one woman. New powers granted under the 2006 Terrorism Act allow the police a maximum of 28 days to detain the suspects without charge, subject to request. Some 46 properties and 20 vehicles have already been searched and vast swaths of woodland near High Wycombe, scene of six of the first wave of arrests, are currently being combed for evidence of stashed explosives.

- with reporting by Ghulam Hasnain/Bahawalpur, Aryn Baker and Syed Talat Hussain/Islamabad and Adam Smith/London.



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