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India, Pakistan and the Mumbai massacre
India’s Terror Stance Vexes Obama Amid Voter Ire at Pakistan
Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) — India’s 670 million voters may be about to set back President Barack Obama’s campaign against Islamic militancy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. India’s ruling Congress Party, which heeded U.S. calls to avoid threatening its neighbor after November’s Mumbai terrorist attack, is heading for elections that might push it from office. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, which accuses Congress of a “soft approach” toward terrorism, says India should consider blockading Pakistan’s main port and severing ties unless the government extradites 20 suspected militants. A less cooperative India would hamper Obama’s effort to keep Pakistan’s army focused on fighting the Taliban and other guerrillas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Then, there’s another view.
Signs of a Thaw
NEW DELHI (IPS) – A week after Islamabad admitted that the plot to carry out the Nov. 26-29 attacks on Mumbai was partially planned in Pakistan, and that Pakistani nationals were among the assailants, there are tentative signs that the strained relations between the two neighbours may be thawing.
(RCI) Pakistan and India are bickering over which of them has fully disclosed the facts surrounding the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November. Yesterday, Pakistan admitted for the first time that the terrorists partly planned the attack while on Pakistan’s territory. Pakistan also said that it arrested several terrorists connected with the plot, including the alleged mastermind. Following Pakistan’s admission, India’s foreign minister urged Pakistan to dismantle what he called Pakistan’s infrastructure of terrorism. In an angry response, Pakistan’s foreign ministry accused India of failing to disclose all of the facts of its investigation into the Mumbai attacks. The attacks killed 165 people and wounded many others.
Wounded city bears its sorrows with resolve to overcome terror
(Special to the star) Mumbai, india–The Taj is back. The iconic hotel that was the site of tragic atrocities during the terrorist attacks in Mumbai reopened less than a month after black smoke was seen billowing from its shattered windows.
Symbolizing the resilience of this great city, major sections of the hotel, including many of its restaurants, are once again hosting ladies who lunch, weddings and discerning tourists (with expense accounts).
But things aren’t exactly the way they were before. Now, to get in to the Taj Mahal Hotel you have to pass through three metal detectors, and have your bag scanned. However this is, after all, the Taj, so your bag makes its journey along the scanner belt in a crisp, white linen-lined wicker basket.
31 December 2008
Pakistani Militants Admit Role in Siege, Official Says
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities have obtained confessions from members of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba that they were involved in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November that killed more than 160 people, a Pakistani official said.
Pakistan cancels army leave as India tensions rise
It followed media reports in Pakistan and India that “several” Indian nationals had been held in the last two days after bombings in the Pakistani cities of Lahore and Multan.
Who staged Mumbai?
By Madhav Das Nalapat
… for the jihadis in Pakistan that are being nurtured by the Pakistan army, Kashmir is but the appetizer. The main course is the rest of India.Once Kashmir is converted into a Talibanized state under the effective control of the Pakistan army,it would be simpler to facilitate terror attacks across what remains of India, so that the country may finally dissolve into the violent chaos so desired – and openly so, in spoken and written words – by the generals in Pakistan.
Pakistan cagey about apparent capture of Kashkar-e-Taiba leader Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi
Pakistani military and government officials offered terse, contradictory statements as to whether Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi had been captured. Pakistan was not ambiguous, however, about its plans for the militants: Officials are refusing to turn them over to India for prosecution. Los Angeles Times (free registration) (12/9) , BBC (12/9)
(Foreign Policy) Pakistan arrested Zakiur ur-Rehman Lakhvi, operational leader of the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, in connection with last week’s Mumbai attack. Pakistani security forces raided a camp used by the group yesterday.
The New York Times reports on the connections between LeT and Pakistani intelligence.
India terrorism by the numbers
A long history of terrorism in India precedes the recent coordinated attacks in Mumbai. The Global Terrorism Database (GTD), maintained at the University of Maryland by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism counts more than 4,100 terrorist attacks in India since 1970. Fatalities number in the thousands. This information is freely available online. The GTD is the most comprehensive and detailed open-source terrorism database available.
(BBC) The US warned India about a possible threat at least a month before last week’s Mumbai attacks, US media have quoted unnamed officials as saying.
ABC News quoted Indian officials as saying that after receiving the US warning, they also intercepted a satellite phone message on 18 November warning of a seaborne attack on Mumbai.
The city had been on high alert but security measures at the attacked hotels had recently been relaxed, the network reported.
ABC also reported that the Indian authorities had seized a mobile phone SIM card belonging to the attackers, which they said had led to a “treasure trove” of contacts and information. More
US urges Pakistan to assist Mumbai probe
(FT) The US put strong pressure on the Pakistani government to give “absolute and total” co-operation to India in the hunt for the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks
Mumbai 11/27: the Pakistan army’s alibi
Those who planned the Mumbai attacks to create an alibi for their refusal to take out al-Qaida in the tribal regions will be disappointed. This time India will not fall into the trap laid by the Pakistan military by sending additional troops to the border and creating war hysteria that would divert attention away from the ongoing campaign against al-Qaida.
Mumbai attacks ‘were a ploy to wreck Obama plan to isolate al-Qaeda’
(Times online) Relations between India and Pakistan were on a knife edge last night amid fears that Delhi’s response to the Mumbai attacks could undermine the Pakistani army’s campaign against Islamic militants on the frontier with Afghanistan.
Officials and analysts in the region believe that last week’s atrocities were designed to provoke a crisis, or even a war, between the nuclear-armed neighbours, diverting Islamabad’s attention from extremism in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan and thus relieving pressure on al-Qaeda, Taleban and other militants based there.The carnage may have been an attempt to put Pakistan and India at each other’s throats and kill US hopes for the region.
Strange storm brews in South Asia
(Asia Times Online) Washington is trying to cool tempers and avoid an eyeball to-eyeball confrontation between India and Pakistan in the wake of last week’s terror attack in Mumbai – even as both the nuclear-armed adversaries race to get the United States on their respective good side. China, Israel and others are watching the emergence of a new South Asian power equation from the wings, but the US is a full-fledged participant, thanks to the war in Afghanistan, which is critically poised.
India makes protest to Pakistan
Following the attacks, the focus is on the lone gunman who survived and who is now in police custody. According to Indian media reports, Azam Amir Qasab is from Pakistan and linked to the Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, or Army of the Pure. The group denies involvement.
India’s Deputy Home Minister, Shakeel Ahmad, told the BBC it was “very clearly established” that all the attackers had been from Pakistan – echoing similar comments from other officials in recent days.
Mumbai Attack Undermines India’s Political, Economic Confidence
(Bloomberg) The Mumbai attacks that took the lives of at least 195 people pose an enormous political challenge to the Congress Party-led coalition government, which is obliged to call a national election by May. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday replaced Home Minister Shivraj Patil after the rival Bharatiya Janata Party took aim with quarter-page newspaper ads showing blood splattered on a wall and proclaiming “Weak Government.”
Cabinet Minister Resigns in Wake of India Attacks
… The Bush administration, hoping to defuse the possibility of hostilities, announced it was sending Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to India this week “to stand in solidarity with the people of India as we all work together to hold these extremists accountable.”
Top Indian officials have suggested that groups based in Pakistan had some involvement in the attacks, but the officials have not explicitly blamed the Pakistan government. The options on the table for responding, officials and analysts said, range from the suspension of diplomatic relations to the most extreme and least likely, a cross-border raid into Pakistan against suspected training camps for militants.
Strategic Motivations for the Mumbai Attack
(Stratfor) By staging an attack the Indian government can’t ignore, the Mumbai attackers have set in motion an existential crisis for Pakistan. The reality of Pakistan cannot be transformed, trapped as the country is between the United States and India. Almost every evolution from this point forward benefits Islamists. Strategically, the attack on Mumbai was a precise blow struck to achieve uncertain but favorable political outcomes for the Islamists.
MUMBAI MAYHEM – THE INTERNATIONAL REPERCUSSIONS
Even if the identification of the dead jehadis involved in the Mumbai terror in the last week of November 2008 had not revealed their
The world at large is surprised that every time India is hit very hard through what it refers to as cross border terrorism, it is unable to undertake even limited action against the Islamist organisations involved from Pakistan soil because the Western think tanks and defence anlaysts routinely start warning India that Pakistan is a nuclear weapon state – thus forcing further caution on an already pusillanimous polity. Almost immediately many retired and serving generals in
To date the world was afraid of Pakistani nukes falling into the hands of the radical elements fast gaining ground in
Captured terrorist’s account of Mumbai massacre reveals plan was to kill 5,000
The only terrorist captured alive after the Mumbai massacre has given police the first full account of the extraordinary events that led to it – revealing he was ordered to ‘kill until the last breath’.
A Day of Reckoning as India Toll Tops 170
(NYT) Tensions were high, as well, between India and Pakistan, where officials insisted that their government had nothing to do with assisting the attackers and promised that they would act swiftly if any connection was found within their country.
Perhaps the most troubling question to emerge Saturday for the Indian authorities was how, if official estimates are accurate, just 10 gunmen could have caused so much carnage and repelled Indian police officers, paramilitary forces and soldiers for more than three days in three different buildings. BBC ; Al Jazeera; What They Hate About Mumbai
U.S. Intelligence Focuses on Pakistani Group
American intelligence and counterterrorism officials said Friday that there was mounting evidence that a Pakistani militant group based in Kashmir, most likely Lashkar-e-Taiba, was responsible for this week’s deadly attacks in Mumbai.
Even as terrorists put up stiff resistance in Mumbai, India weighs its response
(Economist) India’s government was quick to suspect that the attackers hailed from Pakistan, assisted perhaps by aggrieved locals. The interrogation of one captured assailant should give authorities some answers. If the link is proven, India may blame jihadist groups outside the control of Pakistan’s authorities. Less charitable conclusions are also possible. India suspects that elements of Pakistan’s intelligence services are intent on stirring up trouble in the country. The head of Pakistan’s largest spy group, the Inter-Services Intelligence, has been invited to Delhi to explain himself.
India under attack
A terrorist onslaught of stunning scope and horror
Attacks by bands of gunmen on numerous targets, instead of the mere laying of bombs, and the seizure of so many hostages, led to speculation, unsupported by evidence, that local militants in India could not have mounted the attacks without considerable foreign help. And the targets chosen—world-famous hotels and Western tourists—were a new phenomenon for India, despite being a pattern familiar from attacks directed or inspired by al-Qaeda elsewhere in the world. More from BBC