By: V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
August 23, 2006
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Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair called up Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf on Friday and thanked him for the "valuable help" provided in
busting the international terror network in England. A statement issued
from Islamabad said. "the intelligence cooperation and coordination at the
international level, which helped, get to the "bottom" of this case is
continuing. These efforts are in keeping with Pakistan's strong commitment
to fight international terrorism".
Earlier, a Pakistani official said that two Britons of Pakistani origin
were arrested last week in a combined operation with England and United
States governments that helped foil a plot to bomb UK flights to US but
declined to disclose their names. ?Two arrests were made last week in a
coordinated operation with the British and American intelligence agencies.
Both were British nationals of Pakistani descent. One was arrested from
Karachi while the other was picked up from Lahore," sources said. The
Pakistani official, however, declined to reveal whether the arrested
British nationals have been handed over to Britain for interrogation.
Apparently a team of British intelligence officials visited Karachi a few
days ago to further the investigations. 24 British nationals of Pakistan
origin were arrested in three UK cities and seven Pakistanis were arrested
in connection with foiled plot.
Yesterday the US warned the Government of India that Al Qaida and some
other foreign terrorist may carry out attacks in New Delhi and in Mumbai
around Independence Day on 15 August. The US embassy in New Delhi also
said that the serial bombing attacks could possibly take place between 11
and 16 August and that the likely targets are major airports, vital
government installations and crowded places. This warning was given a day
after a major terror plot was foiled in Briton.
What is the attitude of the UPA??U (Utterly!) P (Paralysed!!) A
(Atrocious!!!)? Government towards Islamic terrorism? It is an impotent
and irresponsible government of eunuchs, by eunuchs, meant exclusively for
the constitutional safety and survival of terrorists under an over-arching
umbrella of protective pseudo-secularism.
The non-performing UPA Government committed to the only cause of setting
aside the permanent National Security of the law abiding citizens of India
has declared with great pseudo-secular aplomb that it views the US Al
Qaeda alert as "VERY INNOCUOUS". Very appropriate and effective response
indeed to the threats of Islamic terrorism!!! Let me compare this
viciously anti-national security response with what happened in US, UK and
Spain in a similar situation where the citizens are fortunate enough to
have honorable and patriotic men at the highest levels of governance
unlike the corrupt and spineless vermin in India. Here are the solid and
stark facts from the website http://o3.indiatimes.com/yossarin/archive/2006/08/10/1191602.aspx
under the title Mumbai Blasts First Month Anniversary- How did New York,
Madrid and London do? This article has been posted by "Off stumped".
Every honorable citizen of India must take a copy of this web article and
display it proudly in his home as a matter of sacredly supreme national
duty. It is a month since the serial commuter train blasts in Mumbai
struck terror in the heart of its residents and took more than 200 lives.
On the eve of this first monthly anniversary of this ghastly terrorist
strike, it is imperative that Indians at large reflect on how New York,
London and Madrid fared in the first 30 days following the serial
terrorist strikes on those cities and contrast it with how we are faring
First New York, 11 Sept to 11 Oct, "Off stumped" relates the events across
the first 30 days based on the 9/11 Commission's findings.
Sept 11 - 4 PLANES HIJACKED AND USED AS TERROR WEAPONS
Sept 12 - Hijackers passports found
Sept 13 - BIN LADEN CONNECTION ALLEGED
Sept 14 - 18 Hijackers were named and identified
Sept 19 - US Congress starts debate on Patriot Act to empower government
Sept 20 - Homeland security role created
Sept 24 - bank accounts frozen and financiers identified
Sept 28 - suicide notes of hijackers found
Oct - Evidence of Bin Laden"s connection to 9/11 established
Next Madrid. 11 March to April 2004, "Off stumped" relates across the first
30 days based on the BBC's coverage of the Madrid Train bombings.
March 11 - 10 BOMBS EXPLODE ON COMMUTER TRAINS
March 13 - Five men are arrested in connection with a mobile phone found
inside a bag of explosives which failed to go off.
March 14 - A video claiming responsibility for the attack purporting to be
from al-Qaeda's military spokesman in Europe is uncovered.
March 18 - Five men are arrested over the Madrid attacks - four Moroccans
and a Spaniard.
March 30 - Spain names an Islamist extremist group, the Moroccan Islamic
Combatant Group, as the main focus of the Madrid investigation
March 31 - Spain issues international arrest warrants for five Moroccans
and a Tunisian
April 3 - Four suspects wanted for the Madrid train bomb attacks die
during a police raid on an apartment in Leganes,
April 26 - The interior ministry issues five new arrest warrants - and the
pictures of the suspects wanted in connection with the attacks.
Now let us look at London, from 7 July to 7 August, 2005 based on "Offstumped's"
analysis of Report of the Official Account of the Bombings in London 7
July 7 - BOMB BLASTS IN LONDON METRO STATIONS AND 1 BUS
July 12 - Police narrow down suspicion to premises in West Yorkshire
linked to 3 of the bombers. Police also identify CCTV images of the 4
July 14 - Police confirm identity of 2 bombers made public
July 16 - Police confirm identity of the other 2 bombers to public
July 21 - British Cabinet reviews lessons learnt from the investigation of
Now contrast this with 11 July Mumbai to 11 August 2006.
July 11 - BOMB BLASTS ON MUMBAI LOCAL TRAINS FIRST CLASS COMPARTMENTS
KILLING MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE
July 11 - Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh says spirit of Mumbai will
July 12 - Maharashtra Deputy CM RR Patil says blasts a conspiracy of a
foreign terrorist group
July 12 - Mumbai Commissioner AN Roy confirms a large number of arrests
during overnight raids, with around 350 interrogations.
Maharashtra DGP PS Pasricha says Lashkar-e-Taiba can be involved going by
the style of attack
July 13 - India puts off peace talks with Pakistan July 14th - India warns
Pakistan on terror
July 15 - Maharashtra BJP Leader Gopinath Munde moves privilege move in
State Assembly against DGP and Commissioner shooting their mouths off on
who is responsible
July 18 - ATS Chief K P Raghuvanshi says the blasts were engineered by
elements "beyond borders" and executed with the help of local
July 19 - RR Patil: Maharashtra is not adequately equipped to handle
terror strikes of this magnitude.
July 28 - Senior Inspector J K Hargude, laid out his findings. Hargude and
his police colleagues have refused to detail the role of the Shaikh
brothers and other suspects in the 11 July bombings. But he described
their arrest as a major turning point in the case and said that the men
were naming more names. The chief of the Mumbai police anti-terrorist
squad, K P Raghuvanshi says six of the eight men arrested in the past two
weeks had confessed to going to Pakistan for arms and explosives training.
Precisely how the eight men are linked to each other, and more important,
to the July commuter train blasts that killed more than 180 people,
remains unclear. No one has been charged in the attacks.
Aug 1 - India and Pakistan agree to pursue peace talks
Aug 2 - Pakistan refuses to arrest LeT chief
Aug 4 - Alleged LeT Militant arrested in J&K linked to Mumbai
UPA government defines Shameless Inaction even in the face of ghastly
Islamic terrorism as "Progressive, Civilised, Secular, Non-communal, Non-Saffronised
and a Cosmopolitan part of composite culture". Imperative national need
for firm and ruthlessly effective action against all forms of terrorism is
dismissed as uncivilized, reactionary, communal, non-secular and
saffronised. Even one month after the Mumbai blasts, Dr Manmohan Singh and
Shivraj Patil and all concerned are in a state of Sonia-induced super
In the meantime, according to "Off
stumped", Manmohan Singh is busy
reminding us as to why we don't need POTA, why we should maintain communal
harmony, why Mumbai is resilient. Manmohan Singh also manages to display
anger and offence at Jaswant Singh and expel Natwar Singh. Sonia Gandhi
meanwhile displays characteristic sphinx like silence only for breaking it
to criticize the BJP and demand that Muslim interests not be harmed while
dealing with Terrorism. Prakash Karat is busy demanding US Nuke deal be
abandoned, Reliance investigated and why Israel should be sanctioned
against for attacking Lebanon over Hezbollah.
Let me quote in conclusion the fiery words of Off stumped: "Shame on you
Manmohan Singh for not displaying the seriousness expected of a Prime
Minister in dealing with Terror while going out of your way to express
offence on the Jaswant episode. Shame on you Sonia for perking up your
conscience only when it comes to personal issues like the Office of Profit
or Rajiv Gandhi and otherwise maintaining a sphinx like silence on
terrorism while subverting the fight against terrorism with the Muslim
bogey. Shame on you L K Advani for spending more time scoring political
points in parliament with Natwar rather than take the Government to task.
Finally, shame on you Prakash Karat for spending more time castigating
Israel than on demanding policies to secure the nation."
V Sundaram, IAS, Retd.
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