Many of the pieces in this section draw attention to the appalling conditions for women, children, ethnic minorities and religious minorities in the benighted land of Pakistan. However this one is slightly different in that it shows just how interlinked agencies of the Pakistan government are with Islamic terrorists.
I’m very grateful to one of my correspondents, who hails from India, for a heads-up for the following Times of India piece that shows the ongoing links between the Pakistani military security services and violent Islamic militants.
The Times of India said:
“ Coinciding with the 7th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the central intelligence agencies have received specific inputs that Pakistan’s ISI recently held a meeting with chief commanders of top terrorist outfits — Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) — asking them to carry out terror strikes in India.
Reports suggest that some 30 militants from the three outfits have been briefed by ISI and brought close to the Line of Control to take part in a ‘spectacular’ strike on Indian soil. Intelligence sources said after giving specific directions to the leaders of LeT, JeM and Hizb, ISI held a detailed briefing of 30 terrorists in a camp somewhere in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) a few days back. Sources said ISI is providing logistical help to the three outfits.
The meeting, an official said, was headed by an ISI handler — identified as Showkat Khan — at a camp in PoK for which the terrorists travelled from Peshawar. The terrorists are said to be highly trained and have been asked to cross over to India before the routes in the upper reaches are blocked by snow. Following the inputs, the Indian agencies fear a major attack in the next one month.
“We are making every possible attempt to get all details of the operation which has been planned by the Pakistani establishment with the terror outfits,” said an official. The security establishment is wary of the capabilities of LeT, JeM and Hizb since these outfits have carried out some of the major attacks in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, 2000 Red Fort attack, 2001 Parliament attack and September 2011 Delhi high court attack besides serial bombings in different cities.
Interestingly, Jaish-e-Muhammed, which has been working with ISI for ages but went out of favour after the assassination attempt on former President Pervez Musharraf, has been asked to participate actively in the operation. “This suggests that JeM is now back in ISI-fold,” said an official. In fact, the attack on Wednesday at an Army camp in Tangdhar in Kashmir near the LoC was carried out by three heavily-armed militants of JeM, suggesting that it is trying to win back the confidence of ISI and Pak army.
The Centre has asked beefing up of security measures and intensifying vigil along the borderand LoC. “
Pakistan truly is a shithole of monstrous proportions for these sort of actions. The Pakistanis and Pakistani politicians speak of peace and co-operation and of friendship with other nations such as India, whilst all the while helping to place terrorists near the Indian border so that they can more easily attack India.
Pakistan is a dangerous, violent, peace-hating, backward, faithless nation that should be an international pariah. That it is not a pariah is a moral and political scandal. India is a great and growing nation and should be applauded for its development and the fact that it has stayed as one of the worlds largest democracies since independence from the UK in 1947. Pakistan, which gained independence at the same time, has consistently proved itself to be a shithole, but one who as this story proves, is quite happy to open the sluice-gates of terror against their neighbour India, a nation that only really wants to live in peace with its neighbours.
How can any nation, least of all India, trust Pakistan after they have been shown to have colluded with terrorists, including those who are connected with the Mumbai massacre of 2008.
Original Times of India piece (thanks ‘A’ for the heads-up)
The UK Daily Telegraph on the aftermath of the Mumbai massacre by a journalist who was there. Also this article tries to get a handle on what makes an Islamic terrorist do such a terrible crime as the Mumbai massacre.