Their nose for slights, real and imaginary, and quest for bloody retribution has ensured an unbroken stream of sectarian violence that has so ruptured Pakistan’s polity and civic life. But the ‘insane jehad brigade’ has never had such an incendiary issue served on a platter from across the border. A palpable sense of ‘didn’t we tell you so?’ permeates every extremist utterance ever since Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde publicly claimed that the BJP and its parent organisation RSS run terrorist camps and were behind the terror attacks on Samjhauta Express, Ajmer Sharif, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon.
Understandably, Shinde’s remarks created a furore on Pakistani streets. But for people following Indian affairs, ‘Hindutva terrorism’ isn’t new, as it has been extensively reported in the Indian media. It was the timing of Shinde’s remark—so soon after tension at the LoC—that intrigued Pakistanis. Officialdom here brushed it aside as ‘domestic politics’, only renewing its demand that those behind the 2007 Samjhauta Express attack, which killed 67 Pakistanis, should be brought to justice. Others read Shinde’s sudden lunge at the BJP as an early Congress jab at the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, with the obvious objective of reaching out to Muslim voters.
Shinde’s comments, perceived in Pakistan as an acknowledgement, even a ‘confession’, of a corrosive internal problem, is not an isolated incident. It comes just weeks after the Pakistani chief of army staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that the ‘enemy number one’ was the prevailing internal threat, and not India. This from a man who, in his first term, told Outlook that he was ‘India-centric’ because it was the neighbour’s ‘capability’, not its ‘intentions’, that worried him.
Beseiged as it is with issues existential and legislative—a firebrand cleric breathing down its neck, the PM charged with serious corruption and impending elections—it was a rare occasion for Pakistan’s parliament to focus on India. Shinde’s statement prompted PML(N)’s Chowdhury Nisar to warn the lower house that regarding the internal threat as paramount can compromise Pakistan’s security. He demanded that Pakistan circulate copies of Shinde’s comments in the UN Security Council. Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar replied, “We are very much aware of the challenges emanating from eastern borders but must not be delusional about the challenges within Pakistan”.
Former ISI chief General Hameed Gul says that Shinde was compelled to make the remarks at the behest of PM Manmohan Singh, who had to deflect attention from statements hurled by his bellicose military chiefs threatening war on Pakistan during the crisis on the LoC.
“This is the first time that any state has declared an opposition party a terrorist organisation. Manmohan knows that his military chiefs tried to take their nation to war when both sides are nuclear powers. This must be the first time that the Indian army and air force chiefs held press conferences; they believe in limited offensives against Pakistan in a nuclear environment,” Gen Gul said.
Pakistani defence analyst Shireen Mazari finds it significant that such serious charges are levelled against the BJP—one of the two major Indian political parties. In Pakistan, none of the parties espousing religious extremism have even come close to achieving electoral majority.
“In India, the BJP was in power earlier and is a major contender in the next elections. As it has now been identified as being a direct trainer of saffron terrorism, imagine the threat to peace if the BJP comes to power. For all those Western states who drum up fear about Muslim extremists taking control of Pakistan’s nuclear assets—a total improbability—they should look to the possible electoral success of the BJP in India, which would give saffron terrorists direct access to India’s nuclear arsenal, especially if Narendra Modi was to be India’s prime minister,” warns Mazari.
Former foreign secretary and India expert Riaz Khokar said, “The Congress party leadership, especially the home minister, should be congratulated for his statement regarding saffron terrorism. The international community, especially the US, should take note of his comments. The UN Secretary General should also place this statement before the Security Council,” he says.
No one is more delighted by Shinde’s comments than the man who has a $10 million bounty on his head but walks tall in the towns of Punjab. Speaking at Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s headquarters at Chauburji in Lahore, Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Mohammed Saeed demanded that India be declared “a terrorist state” by the UN Security Council.
“We demand that the UN immediately ban these organisations, as they were involved in an attack on the Samjhauta Express and other terrorist acts in India. India tried to involve us in the Mumbai attacks, but after a passage of five years, nothing has been established against us in the courts. Our government often protects Indian interests and its stance on such issues is apologetic. I ask the Pakistan army chief to fulfil his duty and give his reaction on this issue,” he said.
Some experts advocate using the recent ‘confession’ to open an old can of worms. “Their own reports say there are 234 terrorist organisations in India, but since they are not involved in cross-border terrorism, not much attention is given to them. Around 20 per cent of the territory in the so-called ‘red corridor’ is with Maoist militants. This is the right time for Pakistan to aggressively engage the UN on Kashmir,” says Gen Gul.
One of Pakistan’s main opposition parties, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also welcomed Shinde’s comments. Like others here, they saw it as an acknowledgement of the presence of Hindutva terror groups in India. “Samjhauta Express is one example, but there are other instances that prove their involvement in massacres in both Gujarat and Mumbai,” said Shafqat Mehmud, PTI’s central information secretary.
Both Pakistan and India appear to be confronting the worrisome reality of home-grown terrorists bent on serious mischief. Mazari says some of the blame can be laid at the door of bad governance and poverty.
For now, Pakistan is largely relieved—Shinde’s statement gives a certain parity between the two nations in their acknowledgement of one of the toughest challenges they face.
Pakistan has Rehman Malik, we have Sushilkumar Shinde (Bombs In Our Houses, Feb 4). Miles ahead of anyone else in opening his mouth without engaging his brain.
'' India braces for more militants in Kashmir as US quits Afghanistan
SRINAGAR: India is bracing for more militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, believing that fighters now focused on resisting US-led troops in Afghanistan will shift toward the Himalayan flashpoint with Pakistan.
Some say increased violence recently along India's heavily militarized border with Pakistan proves that shift is already under way.
As a result, India is increasing use of drones, thermal sensors and foot patrols as it tries to catch out any battle-hardened militants moving through the forested mountains near the frontier. At the same time, Indian troops have increasingly been engaging in skirmishes with Pakistan's military.
Rebels "are testing us. They're making their presence felt by launching audacious attacks," an Indian Army commander in Kashmir said on condition of anonymity, in line with Army policy. "They have started recruiting young people into their folds. They are training some of these boys locally."
US officials and experts acknowledge there are valid concerns, though the US government has not discussed such a risk publicly. ''
The Progress of Jehadi Terror in India is progressing as predicted in my various posts.
Mariana Babbar's Article clearly shows the views of our Govt of India on Terror from across the Border.Our Govt 's thinking is also known .
We are in 2014 ,still USA has not withdrawn and the Pakistan has started arrayed Jehadi infiltrators on "GO " Mode but not given yet the Push Ahead Signal .
This just the beginning of the Terror Operations in India .By 2017 India will be looking like Pakistan with Terrorists exploding bombs at will in any city ,any time ,every where .
India has still some time to prepare and fight the marauders from across the Borders.But GOI has already shown its preference for liquidation of Saffron Terror as first priority.
Pray when did India faced the last Saffron Terror attack in 2004 or 2005 or 2006 or 2008 or ????? Where as the Indian Mujaheddin Terror attacks are on monthly basis at present . Soon these Terror activities of the Jihadi's will be on daily basis .
Are we preparing to meet Jihadi tsunami ?? No -Not at all !!
''The great trickle-down brainwash
Pakistan, being a victim of terrorism, should be clear about what terrorism means, but it is inclined to oppose the definition presented at the UN by the West, mainly because it doesn't want to allow the label to stick to the non-state actors who carry out cross-border attacks in Kashmir and India. This obfuscation of the term helps al-Qaeda get adherents to its agenda. The slogan in "victim" Pakistan is, the "war on terrorism" is not "our war". The slogan is so popular that Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan rely on it to shore up their popular following.
In the Pakistanis' view, the real terrorism is the one committed by India in Kashmir and by the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pakistan Peoples Party and, more outspokenly, Awami National Party (ANP) don't acquiesce to this al-Qaeda-boosting slogan and have lost popular support. Additionally, al-Qaeda targeted their leaders during the last elections and not let them campaign. They took part in the polls in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on the assumption that they would lose to save their leaders from being exterminated. Can the elections of 2013 be called fair?
The police and the intelligence agencies help in this massive pro-al-Qaeda brainwash. After every act of terrorism that kills scores of innocent citizens, officers announce that the act was committed by foreign powers opposed to Pakistan. They name them too, but at times when the enemy is not named, people know they are the US, India and Israel. There are moments of embarrassment when the Taliban announces its involvement because it doesn't want the "credit" to go to the US-India-Israel trio. The newly developed "theory", which the Taliban despises, is: the Taliban are agents of the US and India, receiving money for killing innocent Pakistanis.
If al-Qaeda was once the master of hate speech, led by its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, it has been superseded by the new hate-speech-mongers on social media, mouthing the same toxic rhetoric, only ratcheted up many-fold. Religious leaders backed by aggressive seminaries routinely empty their spleen on Islamabad and its enslavement by America, but the new bridegroom of hate speech is one called Zaid Hamid, who operates a fiery website pouring fire and brimstone on persons and organisations he doesn't like, calling them Indian agents who receive money from New Delhi. Since the youth no longer read newspapers, they lap up the foul defamatory broth and pass it on with added vituperations. Now everybody in Pakistan is into hate speech, including several of my nephews, whom I have started fearing.
Al-Qaeda has spread out into a disturbed Islamic world. Its presence in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Mali and Egypt is so pronounced that one forgets that its headquarters are still in Pakistan because, after the death of bin Laden, its next leader, al-Zawahiri, is still here ""
So where is the hope for Pakistan to survive as a Nation with its Lacs of Jihadis armed to teeth roaming free ?? Even Paki Army can't control them all .Majority have gone out of control of Pak Army and some groups who are in Pak control don't bother what Generals want .
The Queda Inc aim is to Islamise Pakistan as a true Nation then capture another adherent to Jihadi Islam and march into weak India the Land of Kafirs and Islamise India .India is key for Queda to spread its policy in Far East Asia.
Till then keep Indians busy with IMs and while we are busy blaming Saffrons -Siculars games.
The current on going Terror acts in Jammu are nothing but to test the capabilities of Islamist Faujis being prepared by Queda Inc with co-operation of Pak Army who is fooled into believing that Queda is its friend .After all Pakistan kept Osama bin Laden from the USA for a decade plus .
Whether Pak was forced to betray Osam's presence in Abbotabad or USA hoodwinked Pakistan is another matter .
At best India can pretend to talk but it must simultaneously prepare for Final War of survival against War of Islamists .
But where are the funds ?? The days of Armament charity are over .And time left at hand for preparation War is extremely limited.
''The other militancy : Christophe Jaffrelot ''
In Pakistan, the Shia-Sunni conflict is causing a vertical split in society.
The jailbreak that took place in Dera Ismail Khan this summer was disturbing not only because the Taliban could liberate 248 fellow militants, but also because they took the time to single out and kill Shia prisoners. Sectarianism has indeed become a pervasive phenomenon in Pakistan — and a very violent one, as evident from the record number of casualties registered so far in 2013. This toll is due to the targeted killings of political leaders of the "other" community. But not only them, since both groups have diversified their targets. The Shias — doctors, civil servants and even army officers — have been the main victims. Both groups have also resorted to less discriminating methods, tipping over into mass crimes that aim not only to decapitate rival organisations, but terrorise the Other: blasts occur outside a mosque after the Friday prayer, suicide bombers decimate a procession or a family celebration, each time killing dozens of innocent people.''
Jafferlot's Article clears all the haze that Pak Army or Politiicans are in a condition to put back the Zin of Terror which was let out during Zia's Rule with no mean efforts by the USA .
Pakistan is now engaged in a very dangerous internecine internal Wars and it will finaly suck India too in this inferno of Jihadi Islamists when the Jihad Inc is free from Afghanistan and has tamed Pakistan too before the march of Mujahidins into India .To their advantage ISI has located 1200 + Advance Logistic Cells which have proved their battle readiness regularly in Terror attacks deep down in India with sufficient support likely by 2016-17
What Manmohan Singh expects from Nawaz Sherif to concede during talks and Pak Pm's contribution to control Terror towards India when Prez after USA Prezs with iron grip on Pak Army and Govt have failed ?? Even Mush failed to help Bush and Bajpai .
As stated many times 2016-17 is the year when India will become another Pak like State .
The best course for any Indian Govt would have been to arm & prepare Indian Army and also prepare the Nation for the future War .
But we are now only reduced to talking to powerless Paki Politicians and PMs .The time to prepare and Arm the Armed Forces has been completely wasted by our Govt in pursuing useless and unfruitful talks .
Pray what can Nawaz Sharif can give us when he is even in no position to protect Pakistan ??
[[Samjhauta Express, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Jalna, Purna, Margoo, Malegaon, Nanded, Tenkasi, Thana, Nagpur, Kanpur, Modasa, Panvel, Hubli, Goa.]]
Have any Hindu terrorists been convicted in any of the blasts you mentioned above? The responsibility for the Samjhauta blasts has also been claimed by some Paki terrorists. You are eager to pin it on Hindus because that would give you a reason to claim some sort of parity between extremists from both religions.
The fact remains that Muslim terrorists have been caught and convicted in several terrorist incidents in India, something that cannot be said about Hindu terrorists.
>> "isolated stray alleged incidents of violence by some Hindus."
Count the number of blasts: Samjhauta Express, Ajmer, Hyderabad, Jalna, Purna, Margoo, Malegaon, Nanded, Tenkasi, Thana, Nagpur, Kanpur, Modasa, Panvel, Hubli, Goa.
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