Archive for the ‘Mumbai’ Category

Pakistan Against Terror: “deliberately not taking action or incapable”

January 28, 2009

Before America pumps a lot more money into Pakistan to fight terrorism, we Americans might consider the words of India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the issue of anti-terror action by Pakistan:

“Yes, one way you can make a differentiation that they are deliberately not doing or are incapable of doing. But as far as  India is concerned, the net impact is the same … the perpetrators are launching terror attacks from the territory of Pakistan,” External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said.

“The infrastructural facilities there (are) used by them (for) committing crimes in India, not necessarily in this case but in a large number of cases in the past,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel.

Mukherjee said India expects the Pakistan government to act against the perpetrators of terror acts operating from Pakistani soil.

“We expect Pakistan to act. Whatever is to be done from our side we are doing so … but Pakistan has to act because the handlers and planners (of  Mumbai attacks) were from Pakistan,” he said.

Related:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Pak_incap
able_of_action_against_terror/articleshow/4044
627.cms

Pakistan Resisting Terror War But Wants U.S. Funding
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 Pakistan Hopes Obama Can Deliver Even Part of the Bush-Cheney Love (and Money)
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Pakistan’s President Continues Audition for Obama Attention, Funding, Support
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Pakistan Auditions For “New Start” in U.S. Policy, Funding From President Obama on CNN

Pakistan Hopes Obama Can Deliver Even Part of the Bush-Cheney Love (and Money)

January 28, 2009

Former Pakistan President Musharraf has been on a media blitz of sorts seeking love and money from the new Obama Aministration.

Musharraf got rich off Bush-Cheney.

Now President Zardari is at it; seeking U.S. approval and funding which may be in serious doubt.

Just yesterday Defense Secretary Gates said Predator drones would continue to invade pakistan’s air space in efforts to find and kill terrorists the Pakistani’s tolerate.

On Sunday, September 10, 2006, the late Tim Russet hosted Vice President Cheney on”Meet the Press.”  Cheney made an extremely long supporting speech on the importance of General Musharraf and pakistan to the United States.

I heard about this while in Pakistan working near my friend Muhammad.

Muhammad is now dead, killed by the Taliban, right near where the Predator drones are operating today.  Musharraf is no longer the kingpin in Pakistan.

But it was Tim Russert’s careful, probing inquiry with Cheney that opened my eyes to the growing troubles between the U.S. and Pakistan — and the kind of “over the top” support once given to Pakistan by the United States.

John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

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Part of Vice President Cheney’s Remarks on “Meet the Press” with Tim Russert on Sunday, September 10, 2006:

“President Musharraf has been a great ally. There was, prior to 9/11, a close relationship between the Pakistan intelligence services and the Taliban. Pakistan was one of only three nations that recognized, diplomatically recognized the government of Afghanistan at that particular time. But the fact is Musharraf has put his neck on the line in order to be effective in going after the extremist elements including al-Qaeda and including the Taliban in Pakistan. There have been three attempts on his life, two of those by al-Qaeda over the course of the last three years. This is a man who has demonstrated great courage under very difficult political circumstances and has been a great ally for the United States”.

“So there’s no question in that area along the Afghan/Pakistan border is something of a no man’s land, it has been for centuries. It’s extraordinarily rough territory. People there who move back and forth across the border, they were smuggling goods before there was concern about, about terrorism. But we need to continue to work the problem. Musharraf just visited Karzai in, in Kabul this past week, they’re both going to be here during the course of the U.N. General Assembly meetings over the course of the next few weeks. We worked that area very hard, and the Paks have been great allies in that effort.”

“Pakistan, we’ve gone in and worked closely with Musharraf to take down al-Qaeda. Saudi Arabia, same thing. In all of those cases, it’s been a matter of getting the locals into the fight to prevail over al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda-related tyrants.”

“Think of Musharraf who puts his neck on the line every day he goes to work, when there’ve been attempts on his life because of his support for our position. And they look over here and they see the United States that’s made a commitment to the Iraqis, that’s gone in and taken down the old regime, worked to set up a democracy, worked to set up security forces, and all of a sudden we say it’s too tough, we’re going home. What’s Karzai going to think up in Kabul? Is he going to have any confidence at all that he can trust the United States, that in fact we’re there to get the job done? What about Musharraf? Or is Musharraf and those people you’re talking about who are on the fence in Afghanistan and elsewhere going to say, ‘My gosh, the United States hasn’t got the stomach for the fight. Bin Laden’s right, al-Qaeda’s right, the United States has lost its will and will not complete the mission,’ and it will damage our capabilities and all of those other war fronts, if you will, in the global war on terror.”

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 Pakistan’s President Continues Audition for Obama Attention, Funding, Support

Pakistan’s President Continues Audition for Obama Attention, Funding, Support

January 28, 2009

Pakistan looks forward to a new beginning in its bilateral relationship with the United States. First, we congratulate Barack Obama and the country that had the character to elect him, and we welcome his decision to name a special envoy to Southwest Asia. Appointing the seasoned diplomat Richard Holbrooke says much about the president’s worldview and his understanding of the complexities of peace and stability and the threats of extremism and terrorism. Simply put, we must move beyond rhetoric and tackle the hard problems.

By Asif Ali Zardari
Prisident of Pakistan
The Washington Post

Pakistan has repeatedly been identified as the most critical external problem facing the new administration. The situation in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India is indeed critical, but its severity actually presents an opportunity for aggressive and innovative action. Since the end of the Musharraf dictatorship, Pakistan has worked to confront the challenges of a young democracy facing an active insurgency, within the context of an international economic crisis. Ambassador Holbrooke will soon discover that Pakistan is far more than a rhetorical partner in the fight against extremism. Unlike in the 1980s, we are surrogates for no one. With all due respect, we need no lectures on our commitment. This is our war. It is our children and wives who are dying.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/
content/article/2009/01/27/AR200901
2702675.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

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 Obama Picks New World “Winners” and “Losers”

Pakistan is World Leader in Anti-Terror Fight — Musharraf

 Pakistan Auditions For “New Start” in U.S. Policy, Funding From President Obama on CNN

Pakistan Auditions For “New Start” in U.S. Policy, Funding From President Obama on CNN

January 24, 2009

Pakistan has been the staunchest ally of the United States in the war against terror, President George W. Bush often told us, to say nothing of Vice President Cheney’s unprecidented support for the South Asian nuclear power.

Yet Pakistan was never able to find in itself the courage to pick one side or the other: democracy and the United States or Islam and the Taliban.  Anti-terror or terror.

Because Pakistan refused for most of the Bush Administration to use its army to root out the Taliban and al-Qaeda (maybe even Osama bin Laden himself) from the tribal areas near Afganistan, the U.S. started raining down death on terror leaders iside Pakistan from predator drones armed with missiles.

Countless terror leaders were killed.

An unmanned Predator drone. A suspected US missile strike Friday ... 
An unmanned Predator drone. A suspected US missile strike Friday killed at least three foreign militants in the northwest Pakistan stronghold of a local Taliban commander, a senior security official said.(AFP/File/US Air Force)

Pakistan was torn further internally by its number one ally and benefactor, the U.S., ignoring preas from its government to stop violating its sovereign borders — from the air.  Pakistan even mustered its Air Force to the tribal areas in attempts to find and destroy the U.S. drones — with little consequence.

Now Pakistan has a new Government headed by Mr. Zardari and Mr. Gilani.  Musharraf is out.  And India along with much of the world believes that Pakistan had some hand in the terror attack in Mumbai.

Re-enter Musharraf:

“Pakistan is being treated so unequally while we are the ones who are in the lead role fighting the global war on terror,” said Pervez Musharraf, interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for “The Situation Room.”

“This is what hurts Pakistan. It hurts the leadership. Indeed, it hurts the government. It hurts the people of Pakistan,” said Musharraf, speaking from Dallas, Texas, during a book tour in the United States.

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says anti-American sentiment in Pakistan is high.

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says anti-American sentiment in Pakistan is high.

“Nobody in Pakistan is comfortable with the strikes across the border. There is no doubt in that. Public opinion is very much against it,” he said. “But as far as this issue of the new president — President Obama having taken over and this continuing — but I have always been saying that policies don’t change with personalities; policies have national interest, and policies depend on an environment.

“So the environment and national interest of the United States being the same, I thought policies will remain constant,” he said.

Musharraf seems to be making a plea to President Obama, who has claimed a “new way” in the Middle East and with Iran, that Pakistan too deserves a new lease on life — and American wealth in the form of aid and assistance; of which Musharraf has been one of the number one beneficiaries in the past….

Related:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/
asiapcf/01/23/pakistan.musharraf/index.html

Brit Foreign Secretary Milliband Under Fire in India

January 18, 2009

British Foreign Secretary David Milliband is becoming a danger to good relations with the U.S., India, and all “Banana Republics.”

The youthful looking Mr. Milliband became the laughingstock of the British media last autumn when he carried a banana into a meeting.

Today he is taken to task by the media in India for “unsolicited advice.”

He also criticized President George W. Bush this last week.  And who didn’t?

“He’s a Brit and he should keep his damn opinion over there,” one Texan said…..

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Above: Mr. Milliband

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From the Hindustan Times

Upset at Britain’s attempt to link the Kashmir issue to terrorism, India on Thursday said it does not share London’s views and does not need “unsolicited advice” on its internal issues.

 

“Mr (David) Miliband is entitled to his views, which are clearly his own and are evolving,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters while commenting on the remarks by the British Foreign Secretary which sought to link non-resolution of Kashmir issue to terrorism in India.

“We do not need unsolicited advice on the internal issues of India like Jammu and Kashmir,” Prakash said.

He was responding to Miliband’s remarks that the resolution of the longstanding issue between India and Pakistan would help deny extremists in the region “one of their main calls to arms”.

“Although I understand the current difficulties, resolution of the dispute over Kashmir would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms, and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders,” Miliband wrote in British newspaper The Guardian in an article published today.

“India is a free country and even if we do not share his views, he is free to express them,” the MEA spokesman said.

India has been maintaining that terrorism in this country should not be seen from the “prism” of Indo-Pak relations, as it was a manifestation of a global problem.

New Delhi is also unhappy with Miliband’s support to Pakistan’s position that those wanted by India for terrorism need not be handed over but tried in Pakistan.

Pakistan cracks down on Lashkar-e-Taiba Terrorists

January 17, 2009

Pakistan announced that it has arrested 71 members of Lashkar-e-Taiba and detained 124 more in an effort to crack down on the Islamic militant group believed to be responsible for November’s attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai.

India’s foreign minister insisted that Pakistan must extradite the suspects for trial in India, backing down from his earlier statement that India might accept a trial in Pakistan.

The Associated Press reports that the arrests come as part of Pakistan’s investigation into the attacks, which left 164 people dead and heightened tensions between the neighboring nuclear powers. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since 1947.

By Arthur Bright, Christian Science Monitor

Pakistan insisted it would help India to bring those behind the Mumbai terrorist attacks to justice, saying Thursday it had shut down extremist Web sites and suspected militant training camps, and detained 71 people in a deepening probe.

Still, a top Pakistani official said authorities needed to further investigate information about the attacks provided by archrival India before it could be used to prosecute suspects in court.

Days after the November attacks, the U.N. Security Council declared that Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity in Pakistan, was merely a front for the outlawed militant organization.

Pakistan announced that Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammed Saeed and its “operations commander” Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi were among those detained by Islamabad, according to English-language newspaper Dawn in Pakistan.

“We have arrested a total of 124 mid-level and top leaders of JuD in response to a UN resolution — 69 from Punjab, 21 from Sindh, eight from Balochistan and 25 from the NWFP — blocked ….

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20090117/w
l_csm/oduo116_1

Pakistan detains dozens allegedly linked to Mumbai

January 15, 2009

Pakistan has arrested 71 people in a crackdown on groups allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, officials said Thursday, while adding that the information India has handed over needs work before it can be used as evidence in court.

Still, Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik dodged a question on whether he was conceding that the plot — which killed 164 people in India’s commercial capital and raised tension between the nuclear-armed rivals — was hatched on Pakistani soil.

By MUNIR AHMAD, Associated Press Writer

India says a Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, masterminded the November attack. In the days afterward, the U.N. Security Council declared that Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a charity in Pakistan, was merely a front for the outlawed militant organization.

On Thursday, the Interior Ministry said 71 leaders of the groups had been arrested since then — nearly a score more than previously announced. Another 124 have been placed under surveillance and must register their every move with police.

Ministry chief Rehman Malik initially said that 124 people had been detained. But his deputy, Kamal Shah, later told The Associated Press that Malik had misspoken.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090115/a
p_on_re_as/as_pakistan_india

Brit Foreign Secretary criticises George Bush’s ‘war on terror’

January 15, 2009

Soon after President George Bush used the term “Axis of evil” to describe nations he thought were supporting terrorism, the phrase died because it offended so many.

Now Britain’s Foreign Secretary is saying even the term “war on terror” was not useful….and may have done more harm than good.

“Ultimately, the notion is misleading and mistaken,” David Miliband said. “Historians will judge whether it has done more harm than good.”

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George W Bush’s “war on terror” may have played into the hands of violent extremists, David Miliband has warned.

By Alex Spilliusand Matthew Moore
The Telegraph (UK)

David Miliband criticises George Bush's 'war on terror'

David Miliband has criticised George Bush’s ‘war on terror’ Photo: EPA

In what will be seen as an thinly-veiled attack on the outgoing US president George W Bush, the Foreign Secretary said that presenting the conflict as a battle of “good and evil” may have done more harm than good.

His comments came as a senior Bush administration official admitted for the first time that a Guantanamo Bay detainee was tortured during questioning over links to the 9/11 attacks.

Susan Crawford, who oversees the tribunals for terror suspects at the US base in Cuba, said she believed the interrogation of Saudi national Mohammed al-Qahtani amounted to torture.

She said the frequency and the adverse effect of the torture on Qahtani’s mental and physical state persuaded her that military questioners had crossed the line from harsh interrogation to illegality.

Mrs Crawford told the Washington Post she did not refer the case for prosecution as “his treatment met the legal definition of torture”.

Ahead of a speech at one of the hotels at the centre of the Mumbai terror siege in India, Mr Miliband wrote in an article: “The more we lump terrorist groups together and draw the battle lines as a simple binary struggle between moderates and extremists or good and evil, the more we play into the hands of those seeking to unify groups with little in common.

Read the rest:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/p
olitics/4243018/David-Miliband-criticises-Geo
rge-Bushs-war-on-terror.html

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/euro
pe/01/15/britain.war.on.terror/index.html

Pakistan state not linked to Mumbai attack: Britain

January 13, 2009

Britain’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that he believed the Pakistan state did not direct the Mumbai attacks, contradicting accusations from the Indian government that state agencies were involved.

“I have said publicly that I do not believe that the attacks were directed by the Pakistani state and I think it’s important to restate that,” David Miliband told a news conference.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said last week the Mumbai attacks must have had support from some of Pakistan‘s official agencies. Islamabad has denied this, blaming the raid on “non-state actors.”

By Krittivas Mukherjee, Reuters

Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) shares a light ... 
Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee (L) shares a light moment with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in New Delhi on January 13. Miliband said on Tuesday the Pakistan state had not directed the attacks on Mumbai, but urged Islamabad to fulfill its promise to root out Islamic militant groups.(AFP/Prakash Singh)

India has provided Pakistan data from satellite phones used by the attackers and what it describes as the confession of a surviving gunman, part of a dossier of evidence.

Miliband’s statement highlighted differences between India and some Western allies. While India believes that agencies like Pakistan’s military spy agency were involved, diplomats have hinted there is not enough evidence to show this.

Miliband said it was clear the attacks originated from Pakistan, and Islamabad had to crack down on the militants operating on its soil, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which has been blamed for the Mumbai attacks.

“We are absolutely clear about the origin of the terrorist attack, and the responsibility that exists in Pakistan to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Miliband said.

“What is relevant is the approach of the Pakistani state to the LeT organization and the way the Pakistani state takes on the menace of the LeT organization,” he added.

Related:
Pakistanis Are Armed, Dangerous

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/2009011
3/ts_nm/us_india_pakistan

India, Pakistan Share Mumbai Intelligence; Biden Visits

January 9, 2009

Pakistan said Friday that it has sent “feedback” and information to India about the Mumbai attacks, and Joe Biden came here to underscore how seriously the incoming U.S. administration takes the terror threat from South Asia.

New Delhi recently said it gave Islamabad a dossier of evidence linking the Mumbai attacks to Pakistan, but it was unclear if Pakistan’s feedback related directly to that dossier.

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer

Gilani told reporters that the CIA had played an intermediary role and that Pakistan’s premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence, had reviewed the information from India. He gave few other details.

“They have given some 52 pages of information to the CIA and in return our ISI has given feedback and information, that has been passed on to India,” Gilani said. “The American CIA and Pakistani ISI have an old working relationship in the past. If any information is required we are ready to cooperate.”

India says Pakistani militants were behind the November attacks that killed 164 people in its financial hub. It specifically blames the banned group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is believed to have links to the Pakistani intelligence agency. Pakistan acknowledged this week that of the 10 gunmen involved in the Mumbai attacks, the one survivor is a Pakistani citizen. It denies any of its state agencies were involved.

President-elect Barack Obama‘s incoming administration plans to increase the focus on the battle against al-Qaida and Taliban militants operating along the Pakistan-Afghan border. American officials worry that a conflict with India could distract Pakistan from eliminating militant sanctuaries along the Afghan frontier, and have urged India and Pakistan to cooperate.

Vice President-elect Biden was the latest in a string of envoys to visit Pakistan….

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090109
/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan_india_6

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CNN

U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden assured Pakistani president Zardari Friday that the incoming Obama administration will continue to support Pakistan’s efforts to strengthen democracy and combat terrorism, according to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Biden told Zardari the new U.S. administration would also help Pakistan “meet its socio-economic requirements and capacity building,” the ministry said in a written statement.

The vice president-elect “assured the Pakistani leadership” of the United States’ “continued assistance to Pakistan,” the statement said.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/01/09/paki
stan.biden.talks/index.html?section=cnn_latest