The Candid Eye

October 8, 2009

Talibans in J&K

Filed under: Islam,Jihad,Kashmir,Pakistan,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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From Express Buzz

Indian security forces will soon have their first encounter with the Taliban militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan based Talibans entering J&K

Pakistan based Talibans entering J&K

The grand conspiracy, hatched by Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence and army, is the first one after a lull of more than 10 months when India exposed the Pak hand in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks forcing it to almost plead guilty in front of the international community.

“Sixty surrendered Talibanis in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are waiting to sneak into J&K at the behest of ISI. It is sad to know that Pakistan is back to its sinister designs after 26/11.

Talibans in Afghanistan

Talibans in Afghanistan

We didn’t expect this kind of a treacherous move that would make the whole situation murky,” Home Ministry sources told Express.

The sources said that the ISI has asked 60 Talibani soldiers, who had recently surrendered before the Pak army along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, to either serve long-term rigorous sentences in jails or head to J&K for the glory of jihad.

“The move may coincide with shifting of durbar from Srinagar to the winter capital of Jammu as with the government still in the process of settling down, it would be an opportune time to create panic,” they said.

Based on credible and specific intelligence inputs, the threat perception was discussed at length in a review meeting in Srinagar headed by Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar.

Top officials of Home Ministry, Defence Ministry, Army and intelligence agencies were also present in the meeting.

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August 8, 2009

Bangladesh, a portrait of convert genocide – 4.

On Thursday, August 17,2005, a banned Islamist militant group simultaneously blasted at least 459 time bombs in 63 of 64 districts across the Bangladesh country. Here is the report.

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 Bangladesh is one of the largest Islamic countries in the world. 

Considering the atrocities on minorities in Bangladesh, a Human Rights Congress for Bangladeshi Minorities has been formed. 

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August 1, 2009

Dawood and Pakistan

Whenever India demands something related with Dawood Ibrahim,Pakistan usually keeps silence or it denies the allegations.It seems Dawood and Pakistan are married to each other and have been happily ruining  lives of thousands of people across the world ever since.

Came across this news on Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind of  numerous blasts in India and abroad.Excerpts from the report with additional information and comments..

Dawood Ibrahim, the spouse of Pakistan

Dawood Ibrahim, the spouse of Pakistan

India on Wednesday said Pakistan has not responded to its consistent demand for handing over underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and others fugitives.

“We have consistently asked Pakistan to hand over Ibrahim and others to us. The demand has been made in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007…. But, unfortunately there has been no response from Pakistan so far,” Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said in the Lok Sabha.

The issue was also brought to the United Nations Security Council, which has declared Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Jamat-ud-Dawa as terrorist outfits having links with Ibrahim, she said during the Question Hour.

On whether the government has assessed the impact of Pakistan’s ongoing conflict with Taliban on India, Kaur said, “Strengthening of our defences against terrorism is a continuous process.Read more on this…

Meanwhile, an interesting article on Dawood Ibrahim by Ghulam Hasnain,a pakistani journalist,appeared in Newsline in 2001.The cover story says, why Pakistan keeps mum whenever India demands Dawood be extradited.Excerpts from this article..

“To win the loyalty of a person is the most difficult task in the world,” Dawood Ibrahim, 46, would tell his brother gangsters. This former street urchin and son of a Mumbai police constable seems to have managed to earn it manifold. Hated by many, Dawood’s employees and associates adore him, and would go to any length for him, including murder.

People who have worked for this Mumbai underworld don, known as the ‘Gold Man,’ maintain he never abandons his men. He is also unfailingly courteous and unstintingly generous. “If you are having dinner with him, he will make sure he starts after everyone else. If you ask him for money, he will never question how much you want. He hands out a substantial sum and if you ask how much of it you can keep, he says, ‘It’s all yours, take whatever you want.’” But Dawood does not brook fools either, or those who disobey him. And those who betray him usually do so at the cost of their lives.Read the entire article here.

July 14, 2009

Children as Suicide bombers!!

Filed under: Islam,Jihad,Pakistan,Terrorism — thecandideye @ 6:29 AM
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A top Taliban leader in Pakistan is buying and selling children for suicide bombings, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.
Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been increasingly using the children in attacks, the officials said. A video released by Pakistan’s military shows the children training for the task.
In the video of a training camp, children can be seen going through exercises.
Mehsud has been selling the children, once trained, to other Taliban officials for $6,000 to $12,000, Pakistani military officials said.

A top Taliban leader in Pakistan is buying and selling children for suicide bombings, Pakistani and U.S. officials said.Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been increasingly using the children in attacks, the officials said. Check this video.

Taliban Training camp - Image Courtesy: CNN

Taliban Training camp - Image Courtesy: CNN

Mehsud has been selling the children, once trained, to other Taliban officials for $6,000 to $12,000, Pakistani military officials said. Some of the children are as young as 11, the officials said.

“He has been admitting he holds a training center for young boys, for preparing them for suicide bombing. So he is on record saying all this, accepting these crimes,” said Major General Akhtar Abbas, spokesman for the Pakistani army.

The young suicide bombers may be able to reach targets unnoticed, the military said.”If he is approaching on foot, there is a possibility he will bypass security,” Abbas said.”In certain areas, there is a possibility in the population centers everyone can not be checked physically, so he can create havoc there.”

Pakistan has launched an offensive against the Taliban, started in the Swat region of the North West Frontier Province. The Taliban have countered with a spate of suicide bombings, including a July 2 attack in Rawalpindi, in which a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a Pakistani Defense Ministry bus. At least one person was killed and 29 others were wounded.

Pakistan’s army said it is hunting Mehsud in the hopes that the supply of suicide bombers will dry up after the Taliban leader is captured.Meanwhile, a suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least 12 people and wounded five others in northwest Pakistan Tuesday, Pakistani officials said.

The missile strikes in South Waziristan targeted a suspected Taliban hideout at a madrassa, or Muslim school, in Zangarah, according to intelligence officials.

 

waziristan The attack near the border with Afghanistan involved a pair of missiles shot from an unmanned drone, local resident Janbaz Mehsud told CNN. He said all the dead and wounded were Taliban.

A local government official, who asked not to be named, said the madrassa was a training center for the Taliban and belongs to Baitullah Mehsud. That official put the death toll at 14, but said the number of dead could rise.

Source: CNN

Related article: Al Qaeda activities in Northwest Pakistan

May 25, 2009

Stop Funding My Failing State

Filed under: Pakistan — thecandideye @ 3:00 AM
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Fatima Bhutto

This article appeared in The Daily Beast by Fatima Bhutto.Same is reproduced here.

When Pakisan’s president visits the White House next week, he’s sure to ask for another handout. But Fatima Bhutto,niece of the late Benazir Bhutto, says the billions of dollars the U.S. gives are merely propping up a government that’s capitulating to terror.

In Pakistan things move at a leisurely South Asian pace. We missed our goals to eradicate polio recently because we, a nuclear nation, could not sustain electricity across the country long enough to refrigerate the vaccines. Garbage disposal is a nonexistent concept, and plush neighborhoods in Karachi boast towers of rubbish piled on street corners and alleyways. Prisons and police cells are full of prisoners awaiting trials, and our justice system, despite the reinstatement of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of meting out free and fair access to justice.

One thing moving ridiculously fast, however, is the Taliban’s stranglehold on the country. After two years of fighting off Taliban insurgents camped out in the lush Swat Valley, Pakistan’s president, Asif Zardari, threw in the towel last week and gave the militants what they wanted—Shariah law.

The billions of dollars we have received have not made Pakistan safer. Instead, we now have our own version of the Taliban busy blowing up trade routes and flogging young girls.

Never mind that Pakistan’s constitution stipulates that no law contrary to Islam can be passed in the land. The no-goodnik president, who The Wall Street Journal called a “Category 5 disaster,” went ahead and unilaterally—without a vote granted to the citizens of Swat—imposed Shariah. So perhaps it shouldn’t be considered a great surprise that a week after the law was passed, the Taliban, in typical breakneck speed, have now advanced into the Buner district, a mere 70 miles from the capital.

Meanwhile, President Obama is set to meet with President Zardari (who locals have now taken to calling President Ghadari, or “traitor” in Urdu) in 10 days’ time. There is, I’d imagine, much to discuss.

The most important question that will come from Pakistan, however, is a familiar one: Can we have some more please? Money, that is, not Taliban. It may surprise some Americans that even in the midst of this recession, billions of their tax dollars are given directly to the thievery corporation that is Pakistan’s government, never to be seen again. George W. Bush gave Pakistan a whopping $10 billion to fight terror, money that seems to have gone down the drain—or rather, into some pretty deep pockets. And it’s not just the U.S.—last week, international donors from 30 countries met in Tokyo and pledged $5 billion to Pakistan to “fight terror.” The IMF has given the country $7.6 billion in a bailout deal that boggles the mind. Saudi Arabia has generously pledged $700 million over the next four years, and the less-generous European Union an additional $640 million over the same period. And then there’s Obama’s promise of $1.5 billion a year, dependent, the White House says, on results.

It’s phenomenally silly to give that kind of money to a president who, before becoming president, was facing corruption cases in Switzerland, Spain, and England. Zardari and his wife, the late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, are estimated to have stolen upwards of $3 billion from the Pakistani Treasury—a figure Zardari doesn’t seem desperate to disprove, he placed his personal assets before becoming president at over $1 billion.

It’s also dangerous. No amount of money, especially in the hands of a famously corrupt government, is going to help Pakistan stave off terror, especially when said government seems more than willing to capitulate to the militants they’re supposed to be using that money to save the world from. Since 2001, Pakistan has been a country in decline. We suffer a suicide-bombing rate that surpasses Iraq’s. The billions of dollars we have received have not made Pakistan safer, they haven’t made our neighbors safer, and they’ve done nothing in the way of eradicating terror. Instead, we now have our own version of the Taliban busy blowing up trade routes and flogging young girls.

The Taliban and their ilk, on the other hand, are able to seat themselves in towns and villages across Pakistan without much difficulty largely because they do not come empty-handed. In a country that has a literacy rate of around 30 percent, the Islamists set up madrassas and educate local children for free. In districts where government hospitals are not fit for animals, they set up medical camps—in fact, they’ve been doing medical relief work since the 2005 earthquake hit Northern Pakistan. Where there is no electricity, because the local government officials have placed their friends and relatives in charge of local electrical plants, the Islamists bring generators. In short, they fill a vacuum that the state, through political negligence and gross graft, has created.

To combat the Taliban’s incursions further into poverty-stricken parts of the country, Pakistan’s government only has to do its job less leisurely. That’s the frightening truth.

Fatima Bhutto is a graduate of Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is working on a book to be published by Jonathan Cape in 2010. Fatima lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.

April 19, 2009

Kandahar Issue – What really happened?

One of the issues that Congress leaders(??) take up nowadays against BJP is Kandahar plane hijack.But what really happened?More information on this is available here.The NSG commandoes were not on time and a passenger Rupin Katyal was killed while the flight was in Amritsar.Later it took off and landed in Lahore where it was refuelled.Pakistan as usual did not help India on getting the hostages out of the plane.Finally the flight landed in Kandahar.Now just think of those 200 passengers as hostages in Kandahar and their families back in India.An emergency meeting was called for and the decision to release 3 terrorists was agreed unanimously by ruling and opposing party members.Even P Chidambaram supported this decision.Please see here & here. Atleast in this case PC has spoken the truth and against Sonia’s accusations on BJP for Kandahar isssue.Later on April 15th, he said something else which is totally different from the previous version of his speech.Does PC suffers from Selective amnesia as Sanjay in Ghajini movie?If so, PC, who is your Kalpana?It is to be noted that the flight was in Taliban controlled area.Nobody would dare to go there.P Chidambaram has gone one step further and says “If I was the homeminister, I would not accept”. What would you have not accepted PC?Going to Kandahar at the risk of your own life?Definitely, you wouldn’t have accepted that.Jaswant Singh was right in doing so,because you did not know what would happen if all the terrorists reached safely and the hostages got killed.To ensure a fair exchange between Taliban, a responsible shrewd leader is needed from government.Compare this act with your Sonia Gandhi’s escape to Rome with Rajiv Gandhi during 1971 war fearing she might get hurt.P Chidambaram proves time and again that he is a sycophant of Sonia.Why PC and Sonia are silent on union minister, Mufti Muhammed’s daughter Rubaiya Sayeed Kidnapping drama in 1989 and subsequent release of 5 deadly terrorists.How come lives of 200 people is not so important than one Union minister daughter’s?1 Rubiya Sayeed = 5 deadly terrorists.Compare this with “200 innocent Indians = 3 deadly terrorists”.Is this not a better deal than a previous one,though it is not a right one?

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