By S. M. Hali
Pakistan’s position has been vindicated since it has been crying hoarse that India had orchestrated both the 13/12/2001 attack on its parliament and Mumbai attacks of 26/11/2008 but blamed Pakistan for both carnages. The revelation has come from Indian sources. Satish Verma, a member of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) of India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had accused incumbent governments of “orchestrating” the terror attack on Indian Parliament and the 2008 Mumbai attacks, “The Times of India” reported last Sunday 14 July 2013.
Following the 13/12 attack on the Indian Parliament, India not only blamed Pakistan for executing the assault but also deployed its troops along the Pakistan border in a threatening and hostile posture. It was only the timely counter deployment by Pakistan’s armed forces that averted the threat of an Indian invasion of Pakistan. The attack on Afghanistan following 9/11 by the US and its allies had emboldened India to undertake such an adventurism considering that the world would be too engrossed in the Afghan operation. Indian forces remained deployed on Pakistan’s borders for eleven months but had to be recalled since having become war weary, its troops became victim of mental disorders.
The rationale behind the Indian move was to have Pakistan declared a terrorist state and have the wrath of the international community wreak havoc on Pakistan like it had dealt with Afghanistan. Fortunately for Pakistan it backfired.
[box] India must be pressurized to hand over Colonel Purohit to Pakistan so that justice is meted out to the victims of Samjhota Express. The United Nations Organization should direct India to ban Hindu extremists groups that are operating against over 200 million Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits. If India is not chastised, it will be emboldened to undertake even more crimes against humanity.[/box]
India repeated the act with a fresh twist in 2008 through Mumbai attacks. US and other foreigners were targeted in this carnage to rope in international censure. Indian extremist organizations were also upset at their own Head of the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad, Hemant Karkare, an honest and diligent officer who had arrested Lieutenant Colonel Prasad Prohit, a serving Indian Army officer, for his complicity in the Malegaon blasts and the Samjhota Express conflagration, in which 59 Pakistanis were burnt alive. Under cover of the Mumbai attacks, Hemant Karkare and his entire team were targeted and terrorists were blamed for their slaughter. In this connection Karkare’s wife has filed a case against RAW in the Civil Court.
In the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks, India planned surgical strikes on alleged terrorist training camps within Pakistan through its air force. In the very first probe mission, IAF fighters intruding in Pakistan were intercepted by a vigilant Pakistan Air Force air defence system and India deterring it from executing its foolhardy scheme.
The whistle blower former Indian home ministry officer, who submitted his declaration in the Supreme Court of India, stated that he was told by a former member of the CBI-SIT team that both the terror attacks (Parliament and Mumbai) were staged “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation.”
The affidavit also included reference to the attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001 which was followed by the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), and the 2008 Mumbai attacks which led to amendments in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). The revelations came during a hearing in the Indian Supreme Court regarding the killing of a 19-year-old Indian Muslim girl in India’s Gujarat state in June 2004. Indian police had claimed that Ishrat Jahan and three Muslim men, two of them alleged to be Pakistanis, were killed as they set off with a stash of arms and explosives to kill Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The murder plot was refuted by the victim’s mother who had called for an investigation to take place on a federal level. The Gujarat Police had claimed that Ishrat and the three others were Lashkar-e-Toiba members and had come to Gujarat to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Ishrat’s family, however, has been maintaining that Ishrat was a college student who was struggling to run her family after her father’s death.
Pakistan has been not only refuting the charges of complicity in both attacks but has raised pertinent questions like the impossibility of untrained personnel maneuvering boats from Karachi to Mumbai, escape the dragnet of Indian Navy and launch a successful assault on multiple targets. There are numerous facts which confirm Satish Verma’s statement that “India is behind Mumbai and Parliament attacks’. For example, on February, 2009 Bangladeshi Foreign Minster Mr. Hassan admitted that Mumbai Drama was planned on their land.
According to Press Trust of India’s report of 17 February 2009, BJP leader L. K Advani demanded a judicial inquiry into the Mumbai terror attack, since it could not have taken place without local support. The ruling Congress instead accepting the opposition’s demand, had tried to hide the actual facts and failure of Indian intelligence agencies.
Former Interior Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik also stated in a Press Conference in Islamabad that terrorist attack in Mumbai was planned in a number of countries, including India, Austria, Spain, Italy, Russia and US.
India went to the extent of arresting an innocent Kashmiri Afzal Guru and tried him on trumped up charges of being the master mind of the Indian Parliament attack of 13/12 and despite presenting flimsy and refutable evidence, had him sentenced to death and hanged him. Ajmal Kasab, the sole surviving assailant of the Mumbai Attacks was alleged to be Pakistani but there was evidence that he was on Indian payroll but little heed was paid to it and he too was hanged. With the latest admission of Indian stage drama of both these major attacks, human rights activists of both India and the world, should take India to task for committing the heinous crime of self- inflicted terror attacks and blaming Pakistan and hanging the so called “culprits” without ample evidence.
India must be pressurized to hand over Colonel Purohit to Pakistan so that justice is meted out to the victims of Samjhota Express. The United Nations Organization should direct India to ban Hindu extremists groups that are operating against over 200 million Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Dalits. If India is not chastised, it will be emboldened to undertake even more crimes against humanity.