Who was Behind India's 9/11?
- Here is an item by our Indian friend Sandhya Jain alleging cover-up
and questioning some keypoints of the official story: "Contemporary
jihad is a mercenary tool of Western colonialism, serving a colonial
intent with devout slavishness"
Indian View: Cover-up?
1 December 2008
While stock-taking has only just begun, it already appears as if some
things are being covered up. In these circumstances, the retention of
Narayanan who was invisible during the entire crisis though he was
too visible in the hated Indo-US nuclear deal does nothing to inspire
confidence. In an atmosphere when media hype persistently reminds us
of the Twin Towers tragedy in New York, one can only think of the
success of Prince Bandar in escorting all well-connected Saudi youth
out of America in the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001.
Some things deserve an immediate answer how many terrorists were
there actually; how did they reach their respective destinations
inland; and is it possible that "super-terrorists" simply walked out
with the real survivors after having utilised the "mercenaries" to
the hilt, just as they had murdered the navigators of the boats that
brought them to Mumbai?
Current media reports and government sources say that the terrorists
came by sea, landing near the Gateway of India or Colaba. This
certainly explains the attacks on the sea front hotels like Taj,
Oberoi and the Nariman House. But the question remains how did they
get to the CST station, Cama Hospital, and other places inland?
Someone must have provided transport and back-up.
By no logic can anyone believe that nine separate sites in a city
could be held to ransom by just 10 men. It is particularly difficult
to believe that gigantic hotels like the Taj could be ruined and
scores of guests killed or injured by just two men (sometimes the
figure goes to six). Even two men per floor could not have caused the
kind of death and destruction that did happen. A small place like
Nariman House, yes, but Taj and Oberoi I don't believe it. And if
there were six persons at Taj and at least two at Nariman House, that
means only two persons destroyed the Oberoi?
Rediff.com has interviewed the doctors who conducted the post-mortems
on the dead hostages and terrorists, and it is their expert opinion
that a battle of attrition took place over three days at the Oberoi
and Taj hotels. The mutilation of the bodies was unlike anything they
had seen in their careers in forensics.
For one, the bodies of the victims bore horrible signs of torture.
Now this is understandable if the victims are being tormented by half-
human beasts, but it seems strange that two terrorists could
simultaneously fight and keep Indian commandos at bay for 62 hours,
and also have the time to torture their victims. Yet the doctors were
"It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me
were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were
executed in cold blood."
To my mind, it seems apparent that the terrorists who kept the NSG
commandos engaged and those who tortured and killed the hotel staff
and guests were two separate groups.
This suspicion is intensified by the startling revelation that the
terrorists also did not meet a clean death. Doctors who conducted the
post-mortem said the bodies of the terrorists especially their
faces - were beyond recognition. The security forces identified the
bodies as those of terrorists [on TV they said it was because of the
presence of weaponry near the bodies].
One terrorist was shot through either eye (i.e., both eyes!!!). As
the NSG commandos never got to such close range with the terrorists,
and nobody commits suicide by shooting both his own eyes, it follows
that the killers were somebody else. Since none of the hotel guests
could have the kind of weaponry used in the conflict, this suggests
the presence of a mysterious third party, making the terrorists the
victims of a classic double-cross the stuff of spy thrillers.
Actually, it reminds one of the convenient murder of the alleged
killer of President John F. Kennedy.
Hence it would be entirely in order to closely interrogate each and
every guest, especially the foreign guests, before allowing them to
leave the country. Without false emotionalism, we should also
fingerprint them for the future; who knows what Interpol cooperation
may throw up.
Top Russian counter-terrorism expert, Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war
veteran, opines that the Mumbai attackers were not "ordinary
terrorists" and were probably trained by the special operations
forces set up in Pakistan by US intelligence prior to the Soviet
withdrawal from Afghanistan. In his view, the nature of the Mumbai
events suggests the signature of the 'Green Flag' special operations
forces created by the Americans in Pakistan, just a year before the
Guerrilla operations of the Mumbai kind require at least two-three
years of preparatory work with experienced instructors. Raw trainees
cannot hold four huge complexes in a city to ransom for so long. The
Russian Interfax news agency reported the former KGB veteran as
surmising the involvement of at least 50 terrorists, given the
geography and sheer scale of the attacks. This seems like a
What is more, the only way 9 coordinated attacks can occur
simultaneously is by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or live
maps for communication and control. These are not normally owned by
private parties. Initial investigations also suggested that as many
as seven terrorists included mostly British-born Pakistanis, and one
does hope that these leads are not covered up. The reports also
suggested some gunmen were captured, but later media reports
highlighted that only one terrorists was caught alive at the railway
station. So there is a lot of confusion here that needs to be cleared
Certainly the hints about British involvement, openly asserted by the
outspoken Lyndon LaRouche, need investigation.
Media has been heavily criticized in some quarters for airing visuals
of NSG commandos dropping on the hotel roofs from helicopters, and
thus giving operational secrets away to the militants watching TV
inside. If the criticism is to be valid, however, we will have to
accept that the terrorists had more men inside who could be deployed
to watch TV and give information which would enable them to react and
rebuff the aerial assault. There is no way 2 to 6 terrorists could
torture victims sadistically and kill them brutally, watch TV, fight
and keep the security forces at bay for 62 hours, and then kill
themselves or each other in impossible ways.
The death of terrorists points to a clear double-cross and also the
possibility of the involvement of more than one religious
denomination. That the terrorists did not prepare for death by
carrying potassium cyanide is well known; nor did they simply intend
to blow themselves up like the usual suicide bombers. The surviving
terrorist has revealed that they were told of an escape plan and no
doubt that plan was used by those who killed their fellow terrorists
and walked out free!
This writer has consistently stated that modern, late 20th-21st
century jihad is qualitatively different from the medieval jihad in
which Muslim armies led by generals or kings ran over much of the
world in Europe, North Africa, and Asia. Contemporary jihad is a
mercenary tool of Western colonialism, serving a colonial intent with
devout slavishness, and this seems borne out by the events of Mumbai.
What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the Islamic world
wakes up to the reality of its own self-enslavement. India on its
part has demonstrated that no matter how long it takes to get
operational, no matter the cost in terms of live and property, the
territory of Bharat Mata will be protected.
It is more than likely that Pakistan was rebuked by its British and
American `friends' (read Masters) for agreeing to send the ISI chief
to assist in the investigations, and forced to backtrack on a solemn
assurance. The teams from Scotland Yard and America, ostensibly
coming to assist India in the probe, are more likely trying to
ascertain the extent of evidence with India.
It is pertinent that the recovery of a satellite phone from the
trawler abandoned with the body of the Gujarati captain revealed that
the trawler had been hijacked to Karachi Port, and while there, calls
were made even to Australia (where the CIA has a famous outpost!)
Interestingly, General Leonid Ivashov, who was Chief of Staff of the
Russian armed forces when the Twin Towers tragedy happened on 11
September 2001, insists that there is no such thing as international
terrorism and that "the September 11 attacks were the result of a set-
up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this
terrorism would not exist without them." Instead of faking a "world
war on terror", the best way to reduce such attacks is through
respect for international law and peaceful cooperation among
countries and their citizens
Globalization creates the conditions for the emergence of this
terror. It seeks to design a new world geo-strategic map; appropriate
the resources of the planet; erase cultural identities; and subjugate
States before a global oligarchy. Thus, terrorism, according to Gen.
Ivashov, is an instrument of world politics, "a means to install a
unipolar world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase
national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite. It
is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world
terrorism, its ideologist and its "godfather".
Contemporary international terrorism combines the use of terror by
State and non-State political structures to attain political
objectives through intimidation of people, psychological and social
destabilization, elimination of resistance inside power
organizations, and the creation of appropriate conditions for the
manipulation of the countries' policies and the behaviour of people.
Media complicity helps. But terrorism is not possible without the
support of political and business circles that wield the funds to
finance it and Pakistan is notoriously bankrupt.
More pertinently, only secret services and their current or retired
chiefs have the ability to plan and execute an operation of such
complexity and scale. It is secret services that create, finance and
control extremist organizations.
Is it possible that M.K. Narayanan has been retained by the current
pro-Western dispensation to "help" the Western secret services (State
actors) in the current mess, to facilitate their long-term agenda by
manipulating and misleading the nation and the people? We deserve an
answer; we demand to know.
The author is Editor, www.vijayvaani.com
Mumbai attack: Terrorists spoke Marathi?
By Abdul Hameed
29 November 2008
http://www.twocircl es.net/2008nov29 /mumbai_attack_ terrorists_
Mumbai: It is somehow surprising to learn that the terrorists in Cama
hospital in Mumbai were fluently speaking Marathi. The terrorists who
are said to have fired in Cama hospital talked to an employee clad in
civil dress in Marathi, reports a Marathi daily 'Maharashtra Times'.
The newspaper said the terrorists who targeted ATS chief Hemant
Karkare, police commissioner Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist
Vijay Salaskar were speaking Marathi fluently.
The newspaper claims the terrorists having fired at two watchmen in
uniform asked the other beside them on gunpoint in Marathi, 'You are
here an employee?' The employee caught the legs of the terrorist and
said, 'I am not working here. My wife has suffered from heart attack
and I have come here to admit her.' The terrorist asked him again in
Marathi, 'You are speaking true or false?' The employee
answered, 'No, by God I am speaking true.'
On this the terrorist let him go.
Mumbai tragedy: It's time to stop the blame game
Sameera Aziz Saudi Gazette
NO one can deny the barbarism of the act of terror in Mumbai. My
heart and prayers go out to all those who lost their loved ones and
those who sustained injuries.
However, this heartless act of terror raises other issues which need
to be handled with caution. It is, for example, painful for
Pakistanis that the finger of blame is again being quickly pointed at
them without any proof. How could the Government of India which was
unable to preempt the attack know who was behind it within hours?
`Knee-jerk reactions' should be avoided on both sides. What a pity
that the three-day confidence-building visit of Pakistan's Foreign
Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has been spoiled. It is clear that the
terrorist elements do not want the two countries to live in peace and
Pakistan criticized India for jumping to conclusions. In an
unprecedented move it decided to send an ISI representative to India.
It was a positive attempt on Pakistan's part to prove itself a peace-
India has seen the growth of religious extremism since 1990. There
are almost one hundred groups fighting the Indian government each of
them with a long list of complaints and grievances providing enough
motivation to carry out terrorist acts. These home-based separatist
movements are destabilizing influences that rumble beneath the
surface and unexpectedly explode into the open. Therefore, blaming
only Muslims or Pakistanis for India's internal problems is an
oversimplification of a very complex issue.
We should also not forget that the Indian government is dealing with
ruthless Tamil separatists due to the violence in Sri Lanka. Tamils
are regrouping in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The
Christian, Dalit, and Muslim community of Kashmir and the Sikhs were
targeted by Hindu mobs as 12 to 14 separatist rebellions raged across
India's north and Northeastern regions. Currently, two serving Indian
army officers have been found to have been involved in crimes that
were attributed to Indian Muslims. This has only served to increase
restlessness among Indian minorities.
This has led some to believe in the involvement of Indian Military
Intelligence officers in orchestrated acts of terrorism against
Muslims in order to create a division between Hindus and Muslims. The
Indian police were forced to uncover terrorists of the Bharatiya
Janta Party (BJP), Bajrang Dal and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
in the Indian military and intelligence system.
As something had to be done to divert attention from acts of
terrorism by Hindu extremists, some people believe that the Mumbai
terrorist attack plan was conceived. It has also been reported that
the terrorists were seen wearing a yellow thread revealing their
belief in Hinduism.
It should also be asked why some were quick to assume that the
terrorists were Muslims from Pakistan who conveniently left behind
their ID cards, family pictures and a cell phone with a SIM card
originating in a `neighboring' country.
The terrorists spoke Urdu with a Punjabi accent while they pretended
that they came from Hyderabad, India. This could easily be a trick to
confuse people and conceal their real identity. Why could they not be
Hindu extremists who are opposed to India developing friendly
relations with Pakistan?
Nobody ever heard of the `Deccan Mujahideen' before Nov 26. How did
this group suddenly become so powerful that it could drench the
entire city of Mumbai in blood? Such a large and well-orchestrated
attack was definitely planned internally but, unfortunately, like
many other intelligence agencies in the world, the Indian anti-terror
intelligence network was unable to prevent the attack.
It is also possible that Muslims were used in the Mumbai terror
attack after being brainwashed to avenge the injustice and cruelty
they have suffered in the country, with the real mastermind being
India has lost Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad's (ATS) chief Hemant
Karkare who led the operation against the terrorists at the Taj
Hotel. With his death, Indian minorities, like Muslims, have lost a
ray of hope. Karkare was made the ATS chief in January this year,
solved the serial bomb blasts in Thane, Vashi and Panvel, and the
September 29 blast in Malegaon. He was a man known for his discipline
and fairness. He had received numerous death threats and threats to
blow up his house. It is possible that he was deliberately murdered
during the terrorist attack.
India should not only take measures to strengthen its police and
intelligence authorities, but it should also carry out positive steps
to build the confidence of its minority citizens and maintain good
relations with neighboring countries, especially with Pakistan. It
should provide concrete proof before blaming Pakistan and it should
ask for help in a responsible way. Otherwise, it will be India which
will be responsible for destroying the peace of the region.
And, yes, Pakistan should also focus on cooperating with India to
build confidence. It is time to stop blaming each other and instead
to join hands to deal with the problem. Pakistan and India are both
victims of terrorism and extremism.
They must sit together and think of strategies for coping with
threats from either home-grown groups or international terrorist
organizations. Agony sometimes leads to affection. And maybe with a
positive attitude and a sense of responsibility, the horror of Mumbai
can be transformed into friendly relations between the two neighbors.
Police unaware about Israeli plane in Mumbai
1 Dec 2008
MUMBAI: Police in Mumbai on Sunday said they had no information on any
Israeli plane coming here with medical and forensic experts to
of the Israeli victims of the terrorist attack.
"No one has informed us about any Israeli plane arriving here, we just
do not know anything," Deputy Superintendent of Police Nisar Tanboli,
in charge of airport security, told IANS late on Sunday.
Nine Jews, some of them Israeli nationals, were among 22 foreigners
killed during the sustained terror attack at a Jewish centre at the
Nariman House and two five-star hotels in south Mumbai between
Wednesday night and Friday night.
Some of them remain to be identified and a section of the Israeli
media had reported that an Israeli Air Force plane had landed in
Mumbai Sunday with experts to help in the identification.
The misplaced hype about Faridkot
MULTAN/KHANEWAL, Nov 30: As Mumbai struggles to return to normalcy in
the wake of terrorist attacks, a Pakistani village named Faridkot is
being mentioned in the Indian media as the place of origin of the
lone gunman arrested by Indian commandos. He has been identified as
Ajmal Amir Kasab.
The media, however, conveniently avoids mentioning that there is also
a town with the same name in the Indian state of Punjab.
In Pakistan, there are several villages named Faridkot, but three of
them one each in Khanewal, Pakpattan and Okara attracted the
attention of intelligence agencies and media to `prove' that the
terrorist was a Pakistani.
Faridkot in Khanewal, also known as Chak No 90/10-R, is a hamlet on
the Jahanian Road, 53km from Multan and has a population of 5,000.
This village has one primary school and two mosques one managed by
Barelvis and the other by Shias and is known for sectarian harmony.
Interestingly, the Indian media is not even sure whether the alleged
attacker is named Ajmal Amir Kamal, Muhammad Ajmal, Muhammad Amin
Kasab, Azam Amir Kasav or Azam Amir Kasab.
People of this village said there were four people named Ajmal in the
village the one whose name also included Kamal had died 15 years
ago. The numberdar of the village, Haqnawaz Baloch, told Dawn that
Kamal was son of Muhammad Shafi. Another man named Ajmal had shifted
to Ahmedpur East several years ago. The third Ajmal worked in a tea
processing factory and the fourth one was a labourer, he said.
He said there was no person by the name of Amin or Azam and did not
know what `Kasab' or `Kasav' meant. He said people of the village
were peaceful and no one from Faridkot had visited India.
Khanewal police raided Faridkot twice over the past two days to
gather details about the alleged terrorist. "We thoroughly checked
the village record when Indian media started saying someone from this
village was involved in the (Mumbai) attack. The hype is misplaced,"
said District Police Officer Kamran Khan. He said police had done the
checking on their own, without any instruction from the government.
According to BBCUrdu.com, another village named Faridkot is near
Pakpattan. It has a population of 2,000 and most of them are farmers.
Residents say they do not know anyone by the name of Ajmal or Akmal
and no one from the village has links with jihadi or other banned
Another Faridkot is a remote village in Deepalpur tehsil in Okara
The Economic Times, an Indian paper, claimed that Azam Amir Kasav,
21, belonged to this village and "speaks fluent English".
"We can tell you who this man is and how he has become the vital link
for investigating agencies to crack the terror plot," the paper says.
Washington is Fostering Political Divisions between India and Pakistan
India's 9/11. Who was Behind the Mumbai Attacks?
By Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, November 30, 2008
The Mumbai terror attacks were part of a carefully planned and
coordinated operation involving several teams of experienced and
The operation has the fingerprints of a paramilitary-intelligence
operation. According to a Russian counter terrorist expert, the
Mumbai terrorists "used the same tactics that Chechen field militants
employed in the Northern Caucasus attacks where entire towns were
terrorized, with homes and hospitals seized". (Russia Today, November
The Mumbai attacks are described as " India's 9/11".
The attacks were carried out simultaneously in several locations,
within minutes of each other.
The first target was in the main hall of Mumbai's Chatrapati Shivaji
Terminus railway station (CST), where the gunmen fired
indiscriminately into the crowd of passengers. The gunmen " then ran
out of the station and into neighboring buildings, including Cama
Attacks by separate groups of gunmen took place at two of Mumbai's
luxury hotels - the Oberoi-Trident and the Taj Mahal Palace, located
at the heart of the tourist area, within proximity of the Gateway of
Taj Mahal Hotel
The gunmen also opened fire at Café Leopold, a stylish restaurant in
the tourist area. The third target was Nariman House, a business
center which houses Chabad Lubavitch, Mumbai's Jewish Center. Six
hostages including the Rabbi and his wife were killed.
The domestic airport at Santa Cruz; the Metro Adlabs multiplex and
the Mazgaon Dockyard were also targeted.
"The attacks occurred at the busiest places. Besides hotels and
hospitals, terrorists struck at railway stations, Crawford Market,
Wadi Bunder and on the Western Express Highway near the airport.
Seven places have been attacked with automatic weapons and grenades.
(Times of India, 26 November 2008),
Indian troops surrounded the hotels. Indian Special Forces commandos
were sent into the two hotels to confront the terrorists. Witnesses
at the hotels said that the gunmen were singling out people with US
and British passports.
Members of the Indian security forces taking up firing positions
between fire trucks and ambulances on the grounds of the Taj Hotel on
Friday. (Ruth Fremson/ The New York Times )
Casualties, according to reports, are in excess of 150 killed. Most
of those killed were Indian nationals, many of whom died in the
attack on the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway Terminus.
At least 22 foreigners were killed in the attacks. Fourteen police
officers, including the chief of the anti-terror squad, were killed
in the attacks.
Who was Behind the Attacks?
A virtually unknown group called "the Deccan Mujahideen", has
according to reports, claimed responsibility for attacks. The Deccan
Plateau refers to a region of central-Southern India largely centered
in the State of Andhra Pradesh. This unknown group has already been
categorized, without supporting evidence, as belonging to the Al
Qaeda network of terrorist organizations.
Police reports confirm that nine "suspected attackers" have been
arrested and three of the attackers have, according to unconfirmed
police sources, confessed to belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba [Lashkar-e-
Tayyiba], a Pakistani Kasmiri separatist organization, covertly
supported by Pakistani military intelligence (ISI). At least one of
the arrested, according to the reports, is a British citizen of
In chorus, both the Western and Indian media are pointing fingers at
Pakistan and its alleged support of Islamic terrorist organizations:
"Strategic gurus and security analysts in the US and from across the
world are examining Pakistan's role in terrorism following yet
another terror episode in India ending with fingers pointed at its
While initial reports from India suggested the Mumbai carnage was a
localized attack by militant malcontents in India because of
the "Deccan Mujahideen" decoy that was used to claim responsibility,
evidence cited by Indian army and security experts based on phone
intercepts, nature of weaponry, mode of entry by sea etc., has
quickly focused the attention on Pakistan." (Times of India, November
The US media has centered its attention on the links between the
Mumbai attacks and the "resurgent terrorist groups [which] enjoy
havens in Pakistan's tribal areas as well as alleged protection or
support from elements of Pakistani intelligence." (Washington Post,
November 28, 2008).
"Clash of Civilizations"
In Europe and North America, the Mumbai attacks by Islamic
fundamentalists are perceived as part of the "Clash of
Civilizations". "Militant Islam is involved in a war against
The dramatic loss of lives resulting from the attacks has indelibly
contributed to reinforcing anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the
The outlines of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, are becoming
clear. The terrorists targeted India, the U.S. and Britain, and the
Jewish people. (Market Watch, November 28, 2008)
According to the media, the enemy is Al Qaeda, the illusory "outside
enemy " which has its operational bases in the tribal areas and
North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Washington's self-
proclaimed holy mandate under the "Global War on Terrorism" is to
take out bin Laden and extirpate Islamic fundamentalism.
America's right to intervene militarily inside Pakistan in violation
of Pakistan's sovereignty is therefore upheld. Bombing villages in
the tribal areas of North West Pakistan is part of a "humanitarian
endeavor", in response to the loss of life resulting from the Mumbai
"Before these awful raids, news from South Asia had been encouraging.
The central problem remains pacifying Afghanistan, where U.S. and
other NATO forces struggle to stamp out Taliban and al-Qaeda
elements." (Washington Post, November 28, 2008)
"Washington, however, wants the Pakistani army's cooperation in
fighting terrorism. In recent weeks, U.S. officers in Afghanistan
reported better results, crediting the Pakistanis with taking the
offensive against the Taliban on Pakistani territory."
US network TV has extensively covered the dramatic events in Mumbai.
The attacks have served to trigger an atmosphere of fear and
intimidation across America.
The Mumbai attacks are said to be intimately related to 9/11.
Official US statements and media reports have described the Mumbai
attacks as part of a broader process, including the possibility of an
Al Qaeda sponsored terrorist attack on US soil.
Vice President Elect Joe Biden during the election campaign had
warned America with foresight that "the people who... attacked us on
9/11, -- they've regrouped in the mountains between Afghanistan and
Pakistan and are plotting new attacks". (emphasis added)
These are the same people who were behind the terror attacks in
These are also the same people who are planning to attack America.
Immediately following the Mumbai attacks, New York Mayor Michael
Bloomberg put New York City's subway system "on high alert" based
on "an unsubstantiated report of potential terrorism here in New
York. This report led the New York Police Department to take
precautionary steps to protect our transit system, and we will always
do whatever is necessary to keep our city safe," Bloomberg said in a
statement" (McClatchy-Tribune Business News, November 28, 2008,
It just so happens that one day before the Mumbai attacks, "the FBI
and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had warned that there
is a 'possible but uncorroborated' Al -Qaeda threat against the New
York transportation system." (Ibid)
"As the attacks in Mumbai were carried out, U.S. authorities issued a
warning that Al-Qaeda might have recently discussed making attacks on
the New York subway system. A vague warning, to be sure. 'We have no
specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond
aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern
that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the
forthcoming holiday season,' the FBI and Department of Homeland
Security said." (Chicago Tribune, November 29, 2008)
Pakistan's Military Intelligence is America's Trojan Horse
The media reports point, in chorus, to the involvement of Pakistan's
Military Intelligence, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), without
mentioning that the ISI invariably operates in close liaison with the
The US media indelibly serves the interests of the US intelligence
apparatus. The implications of these distorted reports are that:
1. The terrorists are linked to Al Qaeda. The Mumbai attacks are
a "State sponsored" operation involving Pakistan's ISI
2. The Mumbai gunmen have ties to terrorist groups in Pakistan's
tribal areas and North West Frontier Province.
3. The continued bombing of the tribal areas by the US Air Force in
violation of Pakistan's' sovereignty is consequently justified as
part of the "Global War on Terrorism".
The ISI is America's Trojan Horse, a de facto proxy of the CIA.
Pakistani Intelligence has, since the early 1980s, worked in close
liaison with its US and British intelligence counterparts.
Were the ISI to have been involved in a major covert operation
directed against India, the CIA would have prior knowledge regarding
the precise nature and timing of the operation. The ISI does not act
without the consent of its US intelligence counterpart.
Moreover, US intelligence is known to have supported Al Qaeda from
the outset of the Soviet Afghan war and throughout the post-Cold War
era. (For further details see Michel Chossudovsky, Al Qaeda and the
War on Terrorism, Global Research, January 20, 2008)
CIA sponsored guerilla training camps were established in Pakistan to
train the Mujahideen. Historically, US intelligence has supported Al
Qaeda, using Pakistan's ISI as a go-between.
"With CIA backing and the funneling of massive amounts of U.S.
military aid, the Pakistani ISI had developed into a "parallel
structure wielding enormous power over all aspects of government".
(Dipankar Banerjee, "Possible Connection of ISI With Drug Industry",
India Abroad, 2 December 1994).
In the wake of 9/11, Pakistan's ISI played a key role in the October
2001 invasion of Afghanistan, in close liaison with the US and NATO
military high command. Ironically, in October 2001, both US and
Indian press reports quoting FBI and intelligence sources, suggested
that the ISI was providing support to the alleged 9/11 terrorists.
(See Michel Chossudovsky, Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush
Administration, The Role of Pakistan's Military Intelligence (ISI) in
the September 11 Attacks, Global Research, November 2, 2001)
Pakistan's Chief Spy Appointed by the CIA
Historically, the CIA has played an unofficial role in the
appointment of the director of Pakistan's Inter Services
In September, Washington pressured Islamabad, using the "war on
terrorism" as a pretext to fire the ISI chief Lieutenant General
"Washington is understood to be exerting intense pressure on Pakistan
to remove ISI boss Nadeem Taj and two of his deputies because of the
key agency's alleged "double-dealing" with the militants.( Daily
Times, September 30, 2008
President Asif Ali Zardari had meetings in New York in late September
with CIA Director Michael Hayden. (The Australian, September 29,
2008), Barely a few days later, a new US approved ISI chief
Lieutenant General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was appointed by the Chief of
the Army, General Kayani, on behalf of Washington.
Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha
In this regard, the pressures exerted by the Bush administration
contributed to blocking a parliamentary initiative led by the PPP
government to put the country's intelligence services (ISI) under
civilian authority, namely under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of
Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha (right) next to Gen. Ashfaq Kayani on the
USS Abraham Lincoln talking with Michael Mullen, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The U.S. Violates Pakistan's Territorial Sovereignty
The US is currently violating Pakistan territorial sovereignty
through the routine bombing of villages in the tribal areas and the
North West Frontier Province. These operations are carried out using
the "war on terrorism" as a pretext. While the Pakistani government
has "officially" accused the US of waging aerial bombardments on its
territory, Pakistan's military (including the ISI)
has "unofficially" endorsed the air strikes.
In this regard, the timely appointment of Lt. General Ahmed Shuja
Pasha to the helm of the ISI was intended to ensure continuity in
US "counter-terrorism" operations in Pakistan. Prior to his
appointment as ISI chief, Lt. General Ahmed Shuja Pasha was
responsible, in close consultation with the US and NATO, for carrying
out targeted attacks allegedly against the Taliban and Al Qaeda by
the Pakistani military in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA) and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Upon his appointment, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha implemented a major
reshuffle within the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), replacing
several of the ISI regional commanders. ( Daily Times, September 30,
2008). In late October, he was in Washington, at CIA headquarters at
Langley and at the Pentagon, to meet his US military and intelligence
"Pakistan is publicly complaining about U.S. air strikes. But the
country's new chief of intelligence, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha,
visited Washington last week for talks with America's top military
and spy chiefs, and everyone seemed to come away smiling." (David
Ignatieff, A Quiet Deal With Pakistan, Washington Post, November 4,
2008, emphasis added).
The Timing of the Mumbai Attacks
The US air strikes on the Tribal Areas resulting in countless
civilians deaths have created a wave of anti-US sentiment throughout
Pakistan. At the same token, this anti-American sentiment has also
served, in the months preceding the Mumbai attacks, to promote a
renewed atmosphere of cooperation between India and Pakistan.
While US-Pakistan relations are at an all time low, there were
significant efforts, in recent months, by the Islamabad and Delhi
governments to foster bilateral relations.
Barely a week prior to the attacks, Pakistan president Asif Ali
Zardari "urged opening the Kashmir issue to public debate in India
and Pakistan and letting the people decide the future of IHK."
He also called for "taking bilateral relations to a new level" as
well as forging an economic union between the two countries.
Divide and Rule
What interests are served by these attacks?
Washington is intent on using the Mumbai attacks to:
1) Foster divisions between Pakistan and India and shunt the process
of bilateral cooperation and trade between the two countries;
2) Promote internal social, ethnic and sectarian divisions in both
India and Pakistan;
3) Justify US military actions inside Pakistan including the killing
of civilians in violation of the country's territorial sovereignty;
4) Provide a justification for extending the US led "war on
terrorism" into the Indian sub-continent and South East Asia.
In 2006, the Pentagon had warned that "another [major 9/11 type
terrorist] attack could create both a justification and an
opportunity that is lacking today to retaliate against some known
targets" (Statement by Pentagon official, leaked to the Washington
Post, 23 April 2006). In the current context, the Mumbai attacks are
considered "a justification" to go after "known targets" in the
tribal areas of North Western Pakistan.
India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stated that "external
forces" forces carried the attacks, hinting to the possible role of
Pakistan. The media reports also point in that direction, hinting
that the Pakistani government is behind the attacks:
US officials and lawmakers refrained from naming Pakistan, but their
condemnation of "Islamist terrorism" left little doubt where their
What has added potency to the latest charges against Islamabad is the
Bush administration's own assessment - leaked to the US media - that
Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was linked to the bombing of the
Indian Embassy in Kabul some weeks back that killed nearly 60 people
including a much-admired Indian diplomat and a respected senior
defense official. (Times of India, November 27, 2008)
The Attacks have Triggered Anti-Pakistani Sentiment in India
The attacks have served to foster anti-Pakistani sentiment within
India as well as sectarian divisions between Hindus and Muslims.
Time Magazine has pointed in no uncertain terms to the insidious role
of "the powerful Inter Services Intelligence organization often
accused of orchestrating terror attacks on India", without
acknowledging that the new head of the ISI was appointed at
Washington's behest. (Time online).
The Time report suggests, without evidence, that the most likely
architects of the attacks are several Pakistani sponsored Islamic
groups including Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of the Pure), "which is part
of the 'al-Qaeda compact'", Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Kashmiri separatist
organization belonging to Al Qaeda which claimed responsibility in
the December 2001 terrorist attacks on the Union parliament in Delhi
and The Students Islamic Movement of India, (SIMI). (Ibid)
Both Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are known to be supported
by the ISI.
Islamabad-Delhi Shuttle Diplomacy
Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari indicated that his government
would fully collaborate with the Indian authorities.
Pakistan's newly elected civilian government has been sidetracked by
its own intelligence services, which remain under the jurisdiction of
the military high command.
The Pakistan's People's Party government under the helm of Prime
Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has no control over the military and
intelligence apparatus, which continues to maintain a close rapport
with its US counterparts. The Pakistani civilian government, in many
regards, is not in control of its foreign policy. The Pakistani
Military and its powerful intelligence arm (ISI) call the shots.
In this context, president Asif Ali Zardari seems to be playing on
both sides: collusion with the Military-Intelligence apparatus,
dialogue with Washington and lip service to prime minister Gilani and
the National Assembly.
On November 28, two days following the Mumbai attacks, Islamabad
announced that the recently appointed ISI chief Lieutenant General
Ahmed Shuja Pasha would be dispatched to Delhi for consultations with
his Indian counterparts including National Security Advisor M K
Narayanan and the heads of India's external intelligence agency, the
Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Intelligence Bureau,
responsible for internal intelligence. RAW and Pakistan's ISI are
known to have been waging a covert war against one another for more
than thirty years.1
On the following day (November 29), Islamabad cancelled the visit of
ISI chief Lt Gen Shuja Pasha to India, following Indian foreign
minister Pranab Mukherjee's "very aggressive tone with Pakistani
officials [in a] telephone [conversation] after the Mumbai attacks".
(Press Trust of India, November 29, 2008 quoting Geo News Pakistan).
Tense Situation. Deterioration of India-Pakistan Relations
The Mumbai attacks have already created an extremely tense situation,
which largely serves US geopolitical interests in the region.
Islamabad is contemplating the relocation of some 100,000 military
personnel from the Pakistani-Afghan border to the Indian border, "if
there is an escalation in tension with India, which has hinted at the
involvement of Pakistani elements in the Mumbai carnage." (Pakistan
news source quoted by PTI, op cit).
"These sources have said NATO and the US command have been told that
Pakistan would not be able to concentrate on the war on terror and
against militants around the Afghanistan border as defending its
borders with India was far more important," (Ibid, Geo News quoting
senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir).
US Interference in the Conduct of the Indian Police Investigation
Also of significance is Washington's outright interference in the
conduct of the Indian police investigation. The Times of India points
to an "unprecedented intelligence cooperation involving investigating
agencies and spy outfits of India, United States, United Kingdom and
Both the FBI and Britain's Secret Service MI6 have liaison offices in
Delhi. The FBI has dispatched police, counter-terrorism officials and
forensic scientists to Mumbai "to investigate attacks that now
include American victims..." Experts from the London's Metropolitan
Police have also been dispatched to Mumbai:
"The U.S. government's "working assumption" that the Pakistani
militant groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed are suspects in
the attacks "has held up" as Indian authorities have begun their
investigation, the official said. The two Kashmiri militant groups
have ties to al Qaeda." (Wall Street Journal, November 28, 2008)
The role of the US-UK-Israeli counter terrorism and police officials,
is essentially to manipulate the results of the Indian police
It is worth noting, however, that the Delhi government turned down
Israel's request to send a special forces military unit to assist the
Indian commandos in freeing Jewish hostages held inside Mumbai's
Chabad Jewish Center (PTI, November 28, 2008).
Bali 2002 versus Mumbai 2008
The Mumbai terrorist attacks bear certain similarities to the 2002
Bali attacks. In both cases, Western tourists were targets. The
tourist resort of Kuta on the island of Bali, Indonesia, was the
object of two separate attacks, which targeted mainly Australian
The alleged terrorists in the Bali 2002 bombings were executed,
following a lengthy trial period, barely a few weeks ago, on November
9, 2008. (Michel Chossudovsky, Miscarriage of Justice: Who was behind
the October 2002 Bali bombings? Global Research, November 13, 2009).
The political architects of the 2002 Bali attacks were never brought
A November 2002 report emanating from Indonesia's top brass, pointed
to the involvement of both the head of Indonesian intelligence
General A. M. Hendropriyono as well as the CIA. The links of Jemaah
Islamiyah (JI) to the Indonesian intelligence agency (BIN) were never
raised in the official Indonesian government investigation --which
was guided behind the scenes by Australian intelligence and the CIA.
Moreover, shortly after the bombing, Australian Prime Minister John
Howard "admitted that Australian authorities were warned about
possible attacks in Bali but chose not to issue a warning."
(Christchurch Press, November 22, 2002).
With regard to the Bali 2002 bombings, the statements of two former
presidents of Indonesia were casually dismissed in the trial
procedures, both of which pointed to complicity of the Indonesian
military and police. In 2002, president Megawati Sukarnoputri,
accused the US of involvement in the attacks. In 2005, in an October
2005 interview with Australia's SBS TV, former president Wahid
Abdurrahman stated that the Indonesian military and police played a
complicit role in the 2002 Bali bombing. (quoted in Miscarriage of
Justice: Who was behind the October 2002 Bali bombings?, op cit)
1. In recent months, the head of India's external intelligence (RAW),
Ashok Chaturvedi has become a political target. Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh is intent upon firing him and replacing him with a
more acceptable individual. It is unclear whether Chaturvedi will be
involved in the intelligence and police investigation.
Pakistani Reaganism Must End:
The New Government must take on the Lashkar
Monday, December 01, 2008
Leaks to the Indian press by security officials in charge of
interrogating the captured terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kamal (or Qasab?)
are fleshing out the background of the attack on Mumbai and
clarifying the evidence that it was an operation of the Lashkar-e
Tayiba [the "Army of the Good"].
The Indian counterpart of the CIA, the Research and Analysis Wing
(RAW), intercepted a cell phone call on November 18 to a number in
Lahore, Pakistan, known to be that of a Lashkar-i Tayiba handler,
saying that the caller was heading to Mumbai. They later found the
phone itself on a hijacked Indian fishing boat, which the attackers
had taken over to camouflage their approach to the port.
The sole captured LeT operative, Kamal, is said by the Indian press
to be from Faridkot village near Dipalpur Tahsil in Okara District of
Pakistani Punjab, southwest of Lahore [I saw one article, which I can
no longer retrieve, in which the Indian press mispelled the tahsil or
county as Gipalpur]). This is such a remote and little-known place
that even Pakistani newspapers were having difficulty tracking it
Kamal is said to be telling Indian security that he and the others
trained in camps in Pakistani Kashmir. (The original princely state
of Kashmir, largely Muslim, is divided, with one third in Pakistani
hands and two-thirds in Indian; India joined its portion to largely
Hindu Jammu to create the province of Jammu and Kashmir.)
The Kashmir police have gotten good enough at counter-terrorism
measures that elements of the LeT may have decided to go after a soft
target such as Mumbai instead.
The story begins with the 1977 coup of Gen. Zia ul-Haqq, a Muslim
fundamentalist who hanged his boss, PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, after
overthrowing him. Zia favored Sunni fundamentalists and introduced
discriminatory policies against Pakistani Shiites, secularists, etc.
Then in 1979 the Soviet Red Army came into Afghanistan to prop up a
shaky Communist junta. Gen. Zia was suddenly America's man at the
front lines of fighting the Soviets, and his Inter-Services
Intelligence helped organize Afghan refugees in Pakistan to fight the
Soviets. The ISI favored the most radical fundamentalists among the
Mujahideen, such as Gulbadin Hikmatyar, who led the Hizb-i Islami.
This model, of using private armies funded by black money (generated
by illegal arms or drug sales) to "roll back" leftists, was being
applied by Reagan in Nicaragua at the same time.
The military dictatorship was taking a lion's share of the Pakistani
budget, and to whip up popular passions and make itself popular, it
promoted the liberation of the rest of Muslim Kashmir from Hindu
India as another major project alongside getting the Soviets out of
Afghanistan. (This is the language of the military; actually India is
a secular multicultural state, not a formally Hindu one; and in
opinion polls Kashmiris do not say they want to join Pakistan, though
they would like independence).
A lot of Pakistanis probably did not care so much about Kashmir,
having other problems in life (and already worried about having to
adopt 3 million Afghan refugees). But the military in Pakistan
constantly played on the public's emotions on the issue, as a way of
justifying military perquisites. (When British India was partitioned
into Muslim Pakistan and Hindu India in 1947, Kashmir was the only
Muslim-majority province to be successfully grabbed by India;
Pakistan insisted it should have gone to the Muslim state; the UN
insisted on a referendum, which was never held.)
The model that the Reagan administration pressed on the Pakistani
military, of funding rightwing "Islamic" militias to kill Soviets,
gradually became standard operating procedure. But then the Pakistani
Religious Right began adopting the model for themselves. If it is all
right to mobilize death squads in one righteous cause, why not in
Emboldened, lower middle class Sunni hate groups grew up in rural
areas such as Jhang Siyal, where Shiite Sufi leaders had been given
big estates by premodern rulers and so were big landlords. The Sipah-
e Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), formed in 1985, was one such organization.
It turned to violence, killing Shiites. Revivalist Deobandi clergy
were important in its leadership. I don't think Zia much cared if
they killed Shiites.
Others, including elements in the Pakistani military began wondering
why they should not apply the Reagan Jihad model to Kashmir. And they
did. In the late 1980s, Hafiz Muhammad Said (once a professor of
engineering at Punjab University) set up the Center for Mission and
Guidance (Markaz al-Da'wa wa al-Irshad) in a huge compound at Muridke
outside Lahore. The Center soon established the Lashkar-e Tayiba as
its paramilitary. With the behind the scenes encouragement of
elements in the Pakistani military, the LeT sent guerrillas into
Indian Kashmir to attack Indian troops and facilities. The Lashkar
prided itself on not killing civilians, on not targeting Shiites, and
on keeping its focus on what they thought of as the Indian occupation
forces. But they fought alongside Sipah-e Sahaba elements that also
took off time from murdering Shiites to infiltrate into Indian
Kashmir and stage attacks.
I saw this militarization of Pakistani civil society with my own
eyes. I first went to the country in 1981 before you could just buy a
Kalashnikov in the bazaar. When I was doing research there in 1988
and then again in 1990, the situation was completely different.
Pakistan had never had a drug problem but now there were a million
addicts (the US encouraged the Afghan mujahidin to grow poppies for
heroin to finance the anti-Soviet struggle, and the drugs spilled
into Pakistan). Weapons were freely available. Karachi was having a
kind of civil war. I remember that fanatics from the religious right
attacked an art exhibition in Lahore, a city of the arts (graven
images not allowed & etc.) Political figures were accused of
cynically creating Islamic movements for personal and political gain.
This deterioration of Pakistan was, in some important part, a direct
result of Reagan-Bush policies. They used Pakistan, corrupted it with
all those drugs, arms, and radical Muslim militias that they
called 'freedom fighters,' and then threw it away when they did not
need it any more. Reagan and the Saudis funneled billions to the
Pakistani military. What did ordinary Pakistanis have to show for it?
When the Soviets withdrew in 1988-1989 from Afghanistan and the
Mujahideen took over, the Pakistani military lost control of its
northern neighbor. It therefore funded and promoted the Taliban
(expatriate Afghan young men who had been through Deobandi seminaries
in northern Pakistan) from 1994, enabling them to take over
Afghanistan. The Taliban ran terrorist training camps, at which the
Sipah-e Sahaba and the Lashkar-e Tayiba trained for missions in
Kashmir. Afghanistan in essence was the boot camp for Pakistani
The SSP and the Lashkar-e Tayiba was joined by other Sunni militias,
including the Movement of the Holy Warriors (Harakat ul Mujahidin).
In 2000, Mawlana Massoud Azhar broke off from the latter to form the
Jaish-e Muhammad or Army of Muhammad, a particularly violent group
focusing on Kashmir. All these Pakistani organizations trained their
fighters in the Taliban camps, some of which were actually run by al-
Qaeda once Bin Laden allied with the latter in 1996. (It is said that
the Inter-Services Intelligence made the introduction).
High Dudgeon of Americans directed at the Pakistani military for this
activity is the height of hypocrisy. The Reagan administration
actively encouraged Islamabad to mount precisely such activities
against the leftist government of Afghanistan (which, while
dictatorial and brutally oppressive, was busily educating girls,
admitting women to professions, spreading literacy, working against
the vestiges of landlord feudalism, etc.) From a Pakistani point of
view, Soviet-occupied Afghanistan and Indian-occupied Kashmir were
In 2002, under pressure from Washington, military dictator Pervez
Musharraf dissolved the Lashkar-e Tayiba and other similar groups and
initially arrested many members. They were later released by the
Pakistani courts on the grounds that they hadn't broken any Pakistani
laws. The dissolution was a bit of a farce, since the groups just
took other names. Someone who now has a prominent official position
in the Pakistani government once wryly observed to me that the
Musharraf government couldn't seem to find the Lashkar-e Tayib
headquarters at Muridke just outside Lahore, even though it was huge
and a well known landmark at which thousands gathered. And, Lashkar
went on raising money, supposedly for civilian relief works in
The Pakistani military is itself now suffering blowback for its past
policies. Its name is mud in Pakistan. A Pakistani Taliban has
emerged that often declines to be its puppet, and which has killed
hundreds of Pakistani troops. The Marriott in Islamabad was blown up
by the Pakistani Taliban.
The cell that hit Mumbai was probably a rogue splinter group. They
completely disregarded the old Lashkar-e Tayiba concentration on
hitting only Indian troops in Kashmir, targeting civilians instead.
It is very unlikely that anyone in the Pakistani military put them up
specifically to this Mumbai operation. This attack was much more
likely to be blowback, when a covert operation produces unexpected
consequences or agents that were previously reliable go rogue.
The Mumbai attacks were not the first of this scale on an Indian
target by the LeT.
If the Pakistani government does not give up this covert terrorist
campaign in Kashmir and does not stop coddling the radical vigilantes
who go off to fight there, South Asian terrorism will grow as a
problem and very possibly provoke the world's first nuclear war
(possible death toll: 20 million).
The civilian government that has recently taken over Pakistan is
weak. If it puts too much pressure on the military too quickly, it
risks another coup and destabilization. But the training camps in
Azad Kashmir must be closed.
India, Pakistan, and the Obama administration need to do some serious
diplomacy on Kashmir, and try to settle this major global fault line
before the 10.0 earthquake finally hits.
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