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December 4, 2008

DOES PAKISTAN NEED A PLACE DE LA BASTILLE?

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Pakistan’s Impulsive Diplomacy

 

The Mumbai attacks are over. Unfortunately the epitome was not the grieving over the innocent lives lost, but the spontaneous reaction of Indians from all walks reaching firm conclusions even before the sites had finally been cleared and sanitised. Three teams from Israel, USA and UK were there in no time, though some reports suggest they were already there and deemed it opportune to offer a helping hand as early as the blame on the culprits was fixed. The Indian secret services and investigating agencies a la Mumbai movie hero in contrast to earlier sluggishness instantly awoke from the slumber and efficiently caught up with the most crucial information. In contrast, despite such accurate information of the entire terror plot, it took India over four days to determine the exact strength of the attackers that fell from forties to ten.

 

Usually, I write objectively with reason and logic. However such has been the charade of anti Pakistan propaganda by India and US establishment, that I see sarcasm the only recourse to rebuttal.

 

I was most amused to hear the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice say that Pakistan needed no evidence to apprehended the Mumbai culprits as sufficient information was already available. By saying so, she has put the cart before the horse and conclusions are foregone. The Mumbai attacks were planned, rehearsed and directed from Pakistan and it is now up to Pakistan to prove its allegiance to the WOT by extending Civil War within Pakistan, ceding nuclear control and ultimately getting disintegrated. There appear no choices and trade offs.

 

Earlier, while leaving USA, she made a clear reference to India as an ally, bound by a treaty. Needless to mention, that this was a rejoinder to the Indo US Nuclear Treaty whose preamble and objectives seek a joint cooperation and action against terrorism and proliferation. Thus by implication, a terror attack against India is also an attack against USA. The conclusion is that the subject treaty extends the umbrella of American Nuclear Deterrence to India. If that be it, then Pakistan’s declared nuclear policy is now a direct threat to USA.

 

In Pakistanis, the establishment needs to get out of its state of denial and begin to realise that they are actually hares trying to hunt with the hounds. Impulsive statements and actions of the key statesmen were most damaging and allowed India and Condoleezza Rice to pre-empt issues such as Non Sate Actors, evidence and Pakistan’s security concerns. Knowing that Pakistan was already placed in the box, this incident and errors by statesmen have pushed Pakistan into the corner of the box.  Coincidently, this incident is also timed with a view of US assessments that Pakistan is the next cross road of WMD. It was indeed naïve and painful to see the President of Pakistan seek cooperation of its neighbours (India) and friends in this regard during his talk with Larry King. If this be it, it strengthens my earlier assertion that Pakistan appears a rudderless derelict ship loaded with a nuclear cargo complying with every crest and wave.

 

There are also reports that USA is considering to declare at least four retired officials of ISI as international terrorists through the UN Security Council. A similar leak also alleges that Ex ISI and military officers of Pakistan actually trained the Mumbai Terrorists. So what of Pakistan embroiled in a Civil War, curtailed Intelligence Agencies and a Non Capable Nuclear Arsenal?

 

In the days to come, Pakistan will remain under sharp scrutiny on three counts.

 

First, how effectively Pakistan fights against the militants beyond FATA in Punjab. This has serious implications for national security?

 

Secondly, what mechanism is put in place to assert effective controls over Pakistan’s nuclear capability? The implication is that in US assessments, Pakistan’s nuclear capability already stands de graded and therefore unwanted.

 

Thirdly, degrade Pakistan’s counter terrorism intelligence networks with the implication that Pakistan disown in letter and spirit, its sympathy with the Pashtun resistance in Afghanistan. The case is then ready for a greater Pashtun cause that could hypothetically lure the romantic militant Pashtun on both sides of the Durand Line.

 

The all Parties Conference despite being a rare show of national unity is most likely to see the same fate as many such pluralistic declarations. Behind the counter, sinister plots would continue. The question is till when?

 

Does Pakistan need a Place de la Bastille?

 

Brigadier (r) Samson Simon Sharaf

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  1. Well what can say? We are an “Ill-informed Nation.” When i talked to some people today about the current situation in Pakistan they were like ” oh everything’s going to be alright .” Now when the entire Indian media and press is resonating with Anti-Pakistan Slogans our people on the other hand are still watching Indian movies , the PCB is acting like a puppy asking BCCI for treats, people like Pervaiz Hoodhboi, have openly said on “Capital Talk” that Pakistan is behind the attacks in Mumbai , that nuclear assets in Pakistan are not safe and that India has never supported terrorism against Pakistan especially the RSS . No one had the guts to give him a thrashing the Pakistani style so what to expect from this country. We have all let down Jinnah who wanted a “Pluralistic Pakistan .”We have tailored the history .We have disgruntled our best friends. Examples are Iran and China and we are so dumb that we actually think that the “Militants” will save our country. All Party’s Conference was a complete disaster. Instead of going to China our President left for Turkey today. May God give some sense to this country .May God do some miracle to get us out of this situation .

    Comment by Giselle — December 4, 2008 @ 7:43 pm

  2. Mumbai Terror Attack : The Anglo-American-Mossad-RSS Nexus [interesting expose]

    This is an interesting piece though I have no idea of how credible the
    writer is.

    Mumbai Terror Attack: Further Evidence Of The
    Anglo-American-Mossad-RSS Nexus

    By Amaresh Misra

    03 December, 2008
    Countercurrents.org

    Now who has the last laugh? That is the question; I only have pity for
    those who cannot see reality and who were so glib to buy into what the
    media and political troubleshooters were saying about the Mumbai
    terrorist attacks.

    Consider this:

    As a BBC report notes, at least some of the Mumbai attackers were not
    Indian and certainly not Muslim.Pappu Mishra, a cafe proprietor at the
    gothic Victorian Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station,
    described “two sprightly young men dressed in black” with AK47s who
    were “foreign looking, fair skinned.”Gaffar Abdul Amir, an Iraqi
    tourist from Baghdad, saw at least two men who started the firing
    outside the Leopold Cafe. “They did not look Indian, they looked
    foreign. One of them, I thought, had blonde hair. The other had a
    punkish hairstyle. They were neatly dressed,” Amir told the BBC.

    According to Andrew G. Marshall, the ISI “has long been referred to as
    Pakistan’s ‘secret government’ or ‘shadow state.’ It’s long-standing
    ties and reliance upon American and British intelligence have not let
    up, therefore actions taken by the ISI should be viewed in the context
    of being a Central Asian outpost of Anglo-American covert intelligence
    operations.”The presence of “foreign looking, fair skinned” commandos
    who calmly gunned down dozens of people after drinking a few beers
    indicates that the Mumbai attacks were likely the work of the
    Anglo-American covert intelligence operatives, not indigenous Indian
    Muslims or for that matter Arab al-Qaeda terrorists. The attacks
    prepare the ground for the break-up of Pakistan and the furtherance of
    destabilizing terrorism in the Middle East and Asia. The Mumbai
    attacks had little to do with India or the relationship between Muslim
    Pakistanis and Hindu Indians.”Pakistan’s position as a strategic focal
    point cannot be underestimated. It borders India, Afghanistan, China
    and Iran,” concludes Marshall. “Destabilizing and ultimately breaking
    Pakistan up into several countries or regions will naturally spread
    chaos and destabilization into neighboring countries. This is also
    true of Iraq on the other side of Iran, as the Anglo-American have
    undertaken, primarily through Iraq, a strategy of balkanizing the
    entire Middle East in a new imperial project.” (See Marshall’s Divide
    and Conquer: The Anglo-American Imperial Project.)

    Now I ask specifically: WHO HAS EGG ON THE FACE? MY DETRACTORS OR ME?

    Andrew Marshall is a respected author; he is clearly saying here that
    terrorists looked like Anglo-American covert operatives and that the
    entire Mumbai operation was an attempt by Anglo-American forces to
    destabilize India and push it further into the Israel-US orbit.
    Marshall also says that Americans are keen to dismember Pakistan–it
    is clear that in this project, America needs India as a firm ally–it
    cannot afford Indo-Pak friendship at least on a long-term basis. The
    Mumbai attack thus was multi-layered–and one of the reasons could be
    to warn India that the Anglo-American elite has the power to penetrate
    India, with the help of its own people. Clearly, the attackers would
    not have come from the sea route without some kind of a connivance of
    Gujarat and Maharashtra Governments with the terrorists, and the
    connivance of RSS type Hindutva elements as I will prove later in the
    piece.

    This afore-mentioned report appeared on the BBC, a news agency which
    pro-west, Muslim-haters and all NRIs love to see. NOW I ASK THESE
    PEOPLE: why are you adopting double standards? Now a BBC report is
    incovenient because it militates against your idea of what happened in
    Mumbai?

    Even the Indian Government is aware of this reality. That is why it is
    not issuing statements in a hurry and that is why the kind of
    Islamo-phobia seen earlier after Bomb Blasts is not being seen now.

    A second report is more shocking–some news channels captured it but
    then it went off air:

    One Police officer who encountered the gunmen as they entered the
    Jewish Center (Nariman House) said the attackers were white. “I went
    into the building late last night” he said. “I got a shock because
    they were white. I was expecting them to look like us. They fired
    three shots. I fired 10 back”.

    The Nariman House affair brings the Mossad angle to the fore. Two of
    the `hostages’ killed in the Narimam House were identified as Rabbi
    Gabreil Holtzberg and his wife Rivka. They ran the center as
    spokespersons of the Chabad Lubavitch movement.

    Now the Chabad movement is one of the many sects within Israel and
    Judaism. But of late it has come under the Zionist influence. Now what
    is Zionism? A brief digression would suffice: Zionism is the political
    ideology of racist Jews, just like Hindutva is the political ideology
    of a section of `race conscious’ Hindus. Just as a majority of
    Sanatani Hindus have opposed Hindutva, a majority of Jews oppose
    Zionism and its fascist-anti-religious tone.

    In opposition to the teachings of Judaism, the orthodox Jew religion,
    Zionists want to dominate the world; they see the `Jewish race’ as the
    most important, almost divine, race in the world. Zionists are opposed
    to democracy and even the concept of naitonhood. Zionists believe in
    creating murder and mayhem as a matter of policy.

    In America, Zionists have entered into an alliance with the American
    elites–the White-Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) forces–which rule
    America. The reasons for this alliance lie in the way the Zionist
    agenda matches with that of the American corporate and WASP elite and
    is beyind the scope of this article.

    People who do not understand Zionism will never be able to understand
    what happened in Mumbai.

    Back to members of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement killed at Nariman
    House–people have asked how come the Rabbi and his wife were killed
    if Mossad is involved in the Mumbai terror attack?

    The answer to this is being forwarded by Jewish anti-Zionist websites.
    They also detail the sectarian history of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement:

    The attack on Mumbai spotlights the ultra-orthodox (haredi)
    Chabad-Lubavitch community and its international outreach network.
    When Chabad outreach (keruv) started in the 1950s, it seemed rather
    intellectually dishonest because the organization used nostalgia for a
    never-existent Jewish past as a hook to enmesh secular or secularized
    Jews in ultra-orthodox (haredi) practice as hozrim bitshuvah
    (returnees, sometimes improperly called baalei tshuvah), but on the
    whole the activity was mostly harmless in contrast with current Chabad
    activities, which long ago crossed the border into dangerous territory.

    As the Lubavitcher organization has become larger and wealthier —
    partially because mobilization for keruv has brought large
    contributions, members have shown a propensity for corruption.

    Yet, the Lubavitchers have worked closely with Jewish racists like
    Lawrence Summers and Alan Dershowitz in the ongoing attempt to control
    discourse on American campuses. The wealthy Russian Lubavitcher hozer
    bitshuvah Lev Leviev openly supports Zionist terrorism and settlement
    building in the Palestinan occupied territories. Possibly because of
    Leviev Chabad-Lubavitch has openly become involved in Putin’s
    struggles with Russian Jewish oligarchs.

    Still, there is an even more sinister aspect to the Lubavitcher
    organization.

    Because Lubavitcher outreach offices are located in some of the most
    important political, corporate and university centers throughout the
    world, the Lubavitchers have put together a network that is
    incomparable for corporate and international espionage as well as for
    the secret exchange of information. Because Chabad Houses could
    potentially act as safe houses, where there would be no record of a
    person’s stay.

    Most people do not take the Lubavitchers seriously, but I have visited
    Chabad houses and encountered senior Israeli government or military
    officials (and probably intelligence agents). One can easily imagine
    that Neocon intelligentsia trying to develop a relationship with
    Hindutva (?????????) intelligentsia or politicians might have used the
    Chabad Nariman House as a meeting place.

    Here a Jew is saying that he has visited Chabad houses and that he has
    seen covert operations going on and the involvement of senior
    Government and military officials of Israel. This Jew writer is also
    talking openly about a Neo-Con-Chabad-Hindutva tie-up!

    The Jew writer mentions the Mossad involvement in Chabad Houses:

    Because the Lubavitchers provide an unconditional welcome to all Jews
    in the hope of bringing them closer to the Lubavitcher way of life,
    the Lubavitchers have been open to potential subversion by Israeli
    intelligence organizations. Mossad and Shin Bet found it quite easy to
    penetrate the haredi community during the Yossele Affair. Jewish
    politics has often involved infiltration and subversion of one
    political group by another. The David Project Israel Advocacy
    organization has used its educational programs as a means to
    infiltrate more mainstream Jewish communal organizations with radical
    Islamophobes and Jabotinskian Zionists.

    To Zionize haredi groups that practice outreach, the Israeli
    government need only give encouragement to Zionistically indoctrinated
    Hebrew-speaking young people to participate in outreach programs, and
    in a few years the targeted haredi community is thoroughly enmeshed in
    Zionist thinking while Israeli intelligence organizations have a new
    crop of saya`nim in place ready to serve in Zionist covert operations.

    What is a sayanim? Go to the link

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayanim and it states that “Sayanim
    (Hebrew: “helpers”) is a term used to describe Jews living outside
    Israel who volunteer to provide assistance to the Mossad.[1] This
    assistance includes facilitating medical care, money, logistics, and
    even overt intelligence gathering, yet sayanim are only paid for their
    expenses. No official number is known, but estimates put the number of
    sayanim in the thousands. The existence of this large body of
    volunteers is one reason why the Mossad operates with fewer case
    officers than fellow intelligence agencies”

    Now back to the link

    http://eaazi.blogspot.com/2008/12/

    chabad-lubavitch-dangerous-game.html

    from which I was quoting the Jewish writer originally. He says that
    the Lubavitcher shluchim (outreach emissaries) Gavriel Noach and Rivka
    Holtzberg fit the `sayanim’ profile to a “T” — especially Rivkah.

    So the two people killed in Nariman House fit the Sayanim, that is
    Jews outside Israel who volunteer to provide assistance to Mossad,
    profile!

    NOW WHAT OTHER PROOF DO YOU WANT?

    The Jewish writer of the afore-mentioned link himself asks the
    question: WOULD MOSSAD HAVE KILLED THE RABBI AND HIS WIFE IN NARIMAN
    HOUSE?
    AND HE PROVIDES THE ANSWER:

    Zionists have always used dead Jews to build sympathy for Zionist
    goals and as cover for Zionist crimes against humanity.

    Ben-Gurion explicitly stated that he would sacrifice German Jewish
    children for the sake of Zionism while the Zionist leadership probably
    learned the benefit of sacrificing Zionist operatives from the 1946
    Kielce Pogrom. In this incident (Jewish) Soviet and Zionist agents
    probably worked together to make sure that surviving Polish Jews chose
    emigration to Palestine over a return to Poland.

    Because the Kielce Zionist recruiters were killed during the pogrom,
    the events leading up to the pogrom was rendered forever unobtainable.

    Some reports of the Mumbai attack indicate that the Holtzbergs rented
    space to the attack planners over the past few months and thereby
    helped make the operation far more effective.

    An opportunity to interrogate the Holtzbergs would have helped
    investigators immensely.

    AGAIN WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?

    Another piece of massive evidence: In a telephone interview with CBC
    News from outside the Center (Nariman House), freelance journalists
    Arun Asthana said that there are reports that some of the militants
    had stayed at a guest house there (Nariman House) for upto 15 days
    before the attack. “They had a huge mass of ammunition, arms and food
    there”, Asthana said.

    Now other reports have also confirmed that a huge mass of food was
    ordered by the residents of the Nariman House. This food was enough
    for 30-40 people for several days. Why was this amount of food
    ordered? Also why was Nariman House not assaulted till the very last?
    A Gujarati Hindu resident of Mumbai came onto TV on CNN-IBN to say at
    around 3.30 AM or so, that for two months suspicious activities wree
    going in Nariman House. A lot of foreigners were seen coming in and
    going out. This matter was reported to the Police. But no one took action.

    The CNN-IBN did not repeat the news; then it was only when the common
    people of Mumbai threatened to storm the Nariman House the NSG
    commandos were moved in–why this delay in assaulting Nariman House
    when only two terrorists were holed in there?

    This is sheer official complicity and nothing else–AN INVESTIGATION
    INTO THE WHOLE NARIMAN HOUSE AFFAIR IS A MUST.

    Then it was reported that ” 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.

    NOW WHAT DO WE MAKE OF THAT? Another report says that traditional Jews
    of Mumbai who have migrated to Israel speak fluent Marathi and are
    known to have been recruited by Mossad!

    The death of Hemant Karkare remains a mystery. All official versions
    are contradictory: some say he was killed near CST, some that he died
    near Cama hospital, some near Metro cinema, and some that he was
    killed while in a Police jeep. Also, where did the bullet hit him?
    Some say on the neck and some near the heart. Karkare was shown on TV
    wearing a bullet proof vest–he could not have been shot in neck in
    that case, unless there was a sniper waiting for him.

    Also if he was shot near heart, then when did he take out his vest? No
    one has even bothered to answer this question. Also, another facet is
    coming to light: that Karkare was killed near Cama–but Kaamte and
    Salaskar in the Metro shootout!

    Intelligent people–what do you have to say now? It is becoming
    obvious that…

    1. Several terrorists might have been white

    2. Were they International mercanaries? If yes, then from which
    country? Who collected them? It is well known that Mossad and CIA have
    several mercenary organizations, including so-called Jihadi ones on
    their list. They create Jihad and manipulate Muslims disaffected by
    the Islamophobia in the world. Some of them might have been used in
    the Mumbai attack. But why were they carrying American, British,
    Mauritian and Malaysian passports?

    3. Who were the Marathi speaking Karkare killers? The lane next to the
    Cama Hospital is a deserted one–it goes straight to the backyard of
    the Mumbai CID Headquarters. Anonymous sources in the Police have
    revealed that Karkare was taken there, by a joint team of
    anti-Karkare, pro-Hindutva Mumbai Police officers, and Chota Rajan
    men. Now Karkare was opposed to Chota Rajan. Salaskar was anti-Pradeep
    Sharma, another Mumbai senior Police officer now in jail, for working
    as Rajan’s shooter. So the Marathi speaking terrorists could either
    have been Jews with some connection to Mumbai–or hired killers of the
    Hindutva brigade or men of Chota Rajan.

    4. It seems that several things went on simultaneously–the Mahrashtra
    Chief Minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh was in Kerala when the Mumbai attack
    began at 9.30 PM on 26th November. Then by 11PM Deshmukh had informed
    the Home Minister Shivraj Patil–the latter has started proceedings to
    send the NSG Commandos. So Deshmukh knew about what was happening by
    11PM–then why was there no Mumbai Police on various locations between
    9.30 and 1am, the time when Karkare arrived? The Mumbai ATS is a
    separate organization. it does not lead the Mumbai Police. So the
    40,000 strong Mumbai Police was absent from the scene of action
    between 11pm to 1am and then Karkare arrived and he was killed along
    with his men!

    Isn’t there something fishy here? Obviously the Mumbai Police was kept
    deliberately away between 11pm and 1am, the time period when
    terrorists were killing people merrily. Then Karkare must have been
    told–and he went there expecting Mumbai police personals to be
    there–but there were none or only a few! And he was killed!

    Amaresh Misra is a freelance writer, historian and poet. He is the
    author of Mangal Pandey: The True Story of an Indian Revolutionary;
    Lucknow: Fire of Grace: The Story of Its Renaissance, Revolution and
    the Aftermath, and more recently War of Civilizations: The Road to
    Delhi and The Long Revolution. He can be contacted on
    misra.amaresh@gmail.com

    Comment by Agha — December 5, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  3. you have gone very pessimistic in your old age my dear sir.lets hope that what you fear does not happen .

    Comment by Agha — December 7, 2008 @ 8:27 am

  4. I am afraid your entire thesis is completely out of sync with the reality. We can not ignore the regressive and anti-democratic role the Pak army is playing in the area. It does not appear that the pak army was involved in the Mumbai carnage but the groups they control have been used by some other agencies.

    Hamid Gul is a heinous character and no soft corner should be given to him.

    I am disappointed. This is a totally Pro-Army analysis and entire incorrect.

    Comment by HP — December 8, 2008 @ 9:18 pm

  5. A few days ago u seemed to agree with the gist of this article. Plz read line to line before you make more comments.

    Comment by simon — December 10, 2008 @ 9:32 am

  6. That was a great post.

    Comment by Leon — December 10, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

  7. I don’t recall agreeing to it. But more facts are in now. I am glad the things have gone the way they have. We need to bring the army’s power down and this was one good opportunity to do that. there is still a lot more to be done. keep the pressure relentless and the army can’t withstand that for long.

    Comment by HP — December 13, 2008 @ 9:14 am


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