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What started as whispers of suspicion in Islamabad and then became a cacophony of skepticism has now become a crescendo of accusations. The triumphalist Bharati (aka Indian) press has islands of unbiased journalism. Those islands have been obsequiously quiescent.
It is amazing that after several weeks of the militancy, the Bharati government has been unable or unwilling to produce a man that they claim is called “Ajmal Kassab”. The man is supposed to have belonged to Faridkot. Amazingly this man from a village is Punjab was able to write a letter to the Pakistani High Commission in Hindi in the Sanskrit script.
No solid proof or any evidence has been provided to Pakistan except for toothpaste and cell phone pictures.
The question that many are asking, “is the only surviving militant” now dead? What earthly reason could there be for not producing Bharat’s star witness in front of the glare of international cameras. If Mr. “Kassab” is singing like a bird and accusing Pakistan, then what better diplomatic coup for Bharat then to put him in front of CNN?
The reluctance of Bharat to produce Mr. “Kassab” in front of Interpol, the FBI or Pakistani investigators is not only appalling it fuels the conspiracy theories that are floating around South Asia.
I am astounded over the nature of the evidence presented by the Indian investigators. In light of the supposed evidence, one is left with only possibilities; either the terrorists were downright nincompoops, or the Indian propagandists need a refresher course in concatenating evidence.
What kind of terrorists on a suicide-mission carries their national ID cards with them? They might as well have carried their birth certificates too. What kind of terrorists leaves behind evidence/supplies, like a bag of flour, that could be traced back to its origin? They must have been hardcore nationalists who consumed only Pakistani products.
What kind of terrorists on a suicide-mission carries toothpaste and shaving cream with them? They must have been hygiene conscious suicide terrorists! After all, who doesn’t wish to look well-groomed for his funeral?
What kind of terrorists stealthily sneak into India on a bright yellow rubber dinghy? Perhaps, they were safety conscious terrorists who didn’t want to be accidentally run over by a larger vessel. The 10 terrorists must have been dwarfs with novelty weapons and supplies. Because fitting 10 fully armed men and tons of supplies on a 10×4 ft rubber-dinghy is nothing short of mathematical improbability.
In fact, I am surprised they didn’t carry notarized confession letters with them. Even better, videos of in-advance confessions, taped in the presence of the Indian embassy officials in Islamabad! Adnan Gill, Los Angeles
If Bharat wants to come clean on the Mumbai militancy it should agree to a joint India-Pakistan investigation with American participation. The US wants a joint Bharat (aka India) investigation commission where all facts about the case would be bared.
Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday charged Pakistan with using “terrorism as an instrument of state policy” and indicted that its state agencies were a party to the attacks, Islamabad offered a “joint investigation commission to be supervised by the respective national security advisers” and the dispatch of a high-level delegation from New Delhi to Pakistan.
Although this offer was rejected in biting accents by the Indian government, the US appears to have plumped for it. Stopping short of calling for a joint investigation, US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, who was on a visit to Pakistan earlier this week, appreciated the steps taken by Islamabad so far. He said as more information was uncovered, sharing and follow-up mechanism should also be enhanced. Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that the US wanted a joint investigation commission on which it is a member along with India and Pakistan. Mumbai attacks: US moves in to calm down India, Pak. KS Manjunath / New Delhi January 08, 2009, 0:31 IST
Some are now speculating that Mr. “Kassab” who is already dead will “die” while trying to escape from police custody or simply be killed by a fellow prisoner. Another favorite Bharatiexcuse is “accidental death” in the prison.
Whether Mr. “Kassab” is alive or not the Bharti diplomatic misinformation is surely dead. Overtaken by Gaza news clips, the usual world propensity for ADD (Attenttion Deficit Disorder) and the end of the media news cycle with rarelylasts more then 36 hours no one is interested in Delhi griping about the ISI–something it has been doing for the past several decades. It may be the case of “crying wolf” too many times. Many remember 1971 when Bharat made a huge hullabaloo about the the hijacking of the Ganga (an Indian airliner ostensibly hijacked by “Kashmiris). The entire event was stage managed by RAW to give Bharat an excuse to stop Pakistani overflights over Bharat. Bharat also made a huge fuss over the Samjohta Express. It later turned out that an active member of the Indian armed forces was responsible for blowing the Pakistani train to bits killing dozens of Pakistanis on board. The list of Indian deception is long.
Much of the Mumbai militancy has been hijacked by the political parties in both Bharat and Pakistan. In Bharat there is a game of one-up-manship between the Congress and the “government in waiting” the BJP. The BJPs accuses the Congress of not doing enough against Pakistan and the Congress like pumped up like a blimps has taken a minor incident and madeit into an international Pakistan bashing event–complete with bongo drums and the dogs of war. Analysis of Delhi’s bigoted “Bomb Islamabad” syndrome
Taken aback by the ferocity of Delhi’s propaganda blitz, some fissures are apparent in Pakistan also. A section of the political spectrum wants to use the Mumbai militancy to malign the army and settle old scores with the ISI which they blame for many of ills in Pakistan. Hence the firing of Mr. Durrani who wanted to make hay for his personal benefitby appearing to be unbiased. His firing may also have something to do with the tensions between the office of the Prime Minister and the President. Pakistan: Hawks reign. Doves wane. Durrani Fired for misstatement on Kasab
All this happening when the US couldn’t be bothered with the squabbling in South Asia. All Washington cares about is the war in Afghanistan and its “East India Company” (American multinationals) selling a lot of goods. This mercantile behaviour labeled “strategic partnership” and “natural alliance” has made a mockery of Bharat’s traditional support for third world issues. Blame Game: Blaming Pakistan is perilous
Mr. Fareed Zakari’as pontification aside, Bharati prestige has been hurt internationally. Its squabling with Islamabad has shown the worth the internal fractures within the country, internationalized the Kashmir issue and brought focus to the plight of the Indian Muslims
Bharat on the wrong side of history during the USSR occupation of Afghanistan is now caught again on the wrong side of history by supporting the American occupation of Kabul and beyond. Like yesteryear, as soon as the puppets leave Kabul Bhaarti diplomats and businessmen will be sent packing.
Recent press reports circulating in Washington state that the USA has planned a “surge and talk” strategy which includes bringing back the “moderate” elements of the “Taliban”. Chagrined Delhi is scared of this outcome and many speculate the the Mumbai drama or at the very least, the drama after the event, was staged to try to change the mind of the new administration.
The most recent statements by the closest advisors of President Obama seem to suggest that Mr. Obama’s policy shall remainunaltered in the aftermath of the Mumbai militancy.
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