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Truth in Terrorism - Facts to Consider

Sanjay Kaul  

 

India is an Extraordinary Democracy

  • India has been the most terrorized country in the world (US State Department Report on Terrorism)

  • The United States Ambassador to India, the Hon. Mr. Blackwill, while being a Harvard faculty and briefing candidate Bush in 2000 on foreign affairs at his Texas ranch, asked him why he was so interested in India.  Mr. Bush replied, a billion people in a functioning democracy!  Can you believe it? (from the Times of India.)

  • On 12-21-01 , the British High Commissioner (Ambassador) to India , the Hon. Mr. Rob Young told the press that the British government never asked India to exercise restraint because India is a highly responsible democracy, and that Britain supports India ’s right to self-defense.

  • US Congress passed a resolution congratulating India for successful elections in 1999.  Of 400 votes cast, 4 were opposed.  The tiny opposition included Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Don Burton (R-IN), who have in past spoken out on behalf of Khalistan terrorists.

  • In December 1999, the Director of CIA George Tenet and State Department Coordinator for Counter terrorism Michael Sheen testified before a Senate subcommittee that US has evidence that Pakistan is a state-sponsor of terrorism against India.

What is the Kashmir Issue?

  • UN Security Council resolutions 38-40, and particularly the resolution of August 13, 1948 , said that Pakistan had attacked Kashmir, and ordered Pakistan to withdraw its forces and its tribals from the portions it occupied.  Pakistan has yet to obey UN Security Council and withdraw from lands (now called Pak Occupied Kashmir “POK”) controlled illegally. (Please read attached historical legal documents regarding accession of Kashmir to India and the related 1948 U. N. Resolutions).

  • Recently released documents reveal that in 1948, the then US Secretary of State Gen. George C. Marshall told the pro-Pak British that Kashmir’s accession with India was legal and final as far as US was concerned.

  • In 1952, the Kashmir legislature, comprising of 100% Muslim legislators (those elections were recognized by observers as free and fair), voted to ratify Kashmir’s accession with India.

  • Pakistan gave away a large part of the POK to China.  China now claims those lands as its own.

  • Pak Government’s direct and obvious involvement in terrorism against India over decades has resulted in 50,000 Hindus being amongst 70,000 innocent civilians killed and 500,000 Hindus fled Kashmir in terror; world has been silent about this ethnic cleansing of Hindus from Kashmir.

Pakistan and Kashmir

  • Benazir Bhutto, ex-Pak Prime Minister, has said that ISI (Pakistani government’s intelligence service) is a force onto itself, and she had no knowledge of what ISI was doing when she was PM.  Pakistan 's ISI operates hand-in-hand with Kashmiri terrorist outfits.

  • On 11-21-01 , the Hon. Mr. Robert D. Blackwill, US Ambassador to India , told the press that Pakistan-supported individuals involved in killings in Kashmir are terrorists and that they are not freedom fighters.  No country will be permitted to provide sanctuaries to terrorists.  He made similar comments again on 2-27-02 .

  • Kashmir, India has been a "resort" for Al-Qaeda operatives since the war on terrorism.  Al Qaeda terrorist Qamar Ayub, a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir national, was arrested in Jammu (state of Kashmir , India ) on December 24, 2001 . He gave information leading to the arrest of Ghulam Qadir in Kashmir, who is suspected of sheltering many Al-Qaeda terrorists in November/December 2001 that crossed the border from Pakistan (Rediff.com, 12/27/01)

http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/dec/27jk1.htm

A Decade of Terrorism

 

  • Pakistan , under then leader Benazir Bhutto, formed the Taliban and helped root out the tribal leaders of Afghanistan in the mid 1990s, provided open support to terrorism in Kashmir , and at the same time fueled separatist movement there.

  • Innumerable sources are clear on Pakistan's support not only for the Taliban but also Al Qaeda. Jane's Defense Weekly ( 9/20/01 ) reveals that Pakistan even provided medical facilities to Osama bin Laden, including renal dialysis. Jane's further cites the U.S. State Department's Report on the Patterns of Global Terrorism, stating that two major Kashmiri militant groups, namely Harkut-ul-Mujahideen, and Lashkar-e Tayyiba, received support from Pakistan. To this day, Pakistan has always denied involvement in terrorism. (http://www.janes.com/security/international_security/news/jid/jid010920_1_n.shtml)

  • Yossef Bodansky (author of many books and essays, including the book Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America) has stated that Taliban terrorist training camps using the Al-Qaeda network have infiltrated into Kashmir , India. The current Afghan network is moving through Pakistan and into Kashmir.

  • India has had a long history fighting terrorism. India seemingly is used as a "training" ground for future attacks on other democracies, namely the U.S. :

  • Bombay , India 's financial capital, was severely disrupted after bombings in 1993. Later that year, the World Trade Center in the U.S.'s financial capital was bombed.

  • An Indian Airlines jet in 1999 was hijacked. Hijackings using similar methods were responsible for September 11.

  • The Indian Parliament was attacked on December 13 by Pakistan-based terrorists linked to Al Qaeda..

  • A terrorist who was released as ransom after the Indian Airlines hijacking is known to have wired money from Pakistan to Mohammed Atta, the mastermind of September 11. (http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/05/inv.terror.investigation/index.html)

  • Pak does not have just Hindu blood on its hands.  Pak press reported that one of the first things General Musharraf did after grabbing power in November 1999 coup was to shut down a Pak commando unit being trained by CIA to go after Bin Laden.  If only Bin Laden had been caught in 2000.

Pakistan's Questionable History

 

 

  • In 2000, a bipartisan Congressional commission on terrorism recommended to the State Department that sanctions be imposed on Pakistan for its role in terrorism, but this report was ignored.

  • 7,500 madrassas, or jihad "factories", are still flourishing in Pakistan , teaching kids as young as 7 how to fight with arms against the "enemies of Islam", including the U.S. (NY Times, 10/14/01).

  • Pakistan, which created, nurtured and protected Taliban, has claimed that Taliban is not terrorist.

  • During the war on terrorism, Pakistan continued to supply the Taliban with cross-border arms and people ( Washington Times, 11/1/01 : "Pakistan Sends Supplies to Taliban").

  • Many of Pakistan's ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) members continue to have direct relations with and support for the Taliban (NY Times, 12/8/01 )

  •             http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/08/international/asia/08STAN.html

  • The U.S. has plenty of evidence that Pakistan is directly sponsoring terrorist groups like the LET (Lashkar e-Tayyiba), which carried out the attack on the Indian parliament (Washington Times, 12/27/01 commentary; “Connecting Terrorism’s Dots”)

  • The Strategic Forecasting Center (Stratfor, 1/12/02 ) declares Pakistan , rather than one of many other Muslim nations, the next terrorist stronghold that the U.S. must deal with.

 

Musharaff's Misguided Allegiances and Public Lies

 

  • Musharaff denied any Pakistani involvement in the 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines jet from Kathmandu, Nepal, to Delhi, India. Pakistani support was proven by India at the time. Now, additional evidence to that effect was publicly released by the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan from documents recovered in a house in Kabul (NY Times, 12/6/01 ); http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/06/international/asia/06HOUS.html

  • Musharaff has a long history of supporting terrorist groups and movements, his past statements include:

  • "Jihad is not terrorism. Mujahideen organizations are not terrorist organizations. Jihad had been revived during the Afghan war and now it is jihad in Kashmir . Muslims from different parts of the world are coming together to support their oppressed brothers and sisters." – 2/5/00

  • "The Taliban are the dominant reality in Afghanistan, and the international community should engage rather than isolate them." – 8/14/01

  • Musharaff always calls for the “self-determination” of the people of Kashmir, and yet he has not allowed for the self-determination of his own country, nor does he acknowledge his terrorist-driven ethnic cleansing of the minority population of Kashmir , as noted by the U.S. Dept. of State

(http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2000/sa/717.htm)

Terrorism, Pakistan, and Musharaff

How Can We Trust Musharaff

 

  • Musharaff in his speech to the world on May 27, 2002 , once again categorically denied ever being involved in cross-border terrorism in Kashmir . However, his own army deputy Lt. Gen. Mohammed Aziz has said, regarding the Kashmiri terrorists, that “we have them by the scruff of the neck and whenever desired, we can regulate the situation.” (CNN Crossfire May 31, 2002 ; L.A. Times January 27, 2001 ).

  • Jim Hoagland, Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, writes: “U.S. intelligence community now accepts that Musharraf allowed the 50 to 60 guerrilla camps in Kashmir that harbor some 3,000 fighters to come back to life in mid-March after two months of quiescence. Two other Musharraf promises -- to prevent cross-border terrorism from Pakistan or Pakistani-controlled territory, and to dismantle permanently Pakistan 's Islamic fundamentalist organizations that preach violence -- have also withered as American attention has been focused on the Middle East .” (Washington Post, May 23, 2002 ; http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A60415-2002May22.html )

  • An article in the Dawn, Pakistan ’s most widely circulated English daily newspaper, quotes Lt. Gen Ehsanul Haq, the Pakistani intelligence chief, as saying, “There exists an all-time high risk of Pak-India conflict in the coming weeks.” This statement was given well in advance of the recent attack on Indian army camps in Kashmir that propelled the current crisis forward. The author of the article, M.J. Akbar, questions how the Pakistani intelligence could foreshadow so accurately this upcoming terrorist attack. (Dawn May 23, 2002 ; http://www.dawn.com/2002/05/23/op.htm )

  • John Walker Lindh, the “American Taliban”, admitted to his captors that he fought in Kashmir alongside Pakistani forces, which clearly goes against Musharaff’s repeated statements. (Newsweek online; http://www.msnbc.com/news/666792.asp?cp1=1 )

  • Musharaff seems to have a “selective crackdown” policy on terrorists:

  • Musharaff easily captured Arab and other foreign terrorists responsible for the attack on French nationals, but has yet to crack down on Kashmiri militants.

  • Not one of the thousands of Pakistan jihadists who returned from Afghanistan has been charged. Musharaff’s broad releases of jailed Pakistani militants have helped banned terrorist outfits to regroup under new names. (NY Times, April 30, 2002 ); http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/30/opinion/30CHEL.html )

  • Musharaff has a first-use policy regarding the use of nuclear weapons; India does not.

  • Despite what Musharaff says, there are still plenty of Al-Qaida and other terrorist members operating freely in Pakistan and Kashmir , as described in many articles:

Pakistan’s Militants’ Entrenched Network”

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/27/international/asia/27STAN.html

 

“Official: Al-Qaida Hiding Near Kashmir

 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-India-Pakistan-Kashmir.html

 

“Taliban and Qaeda Believed Plotting Within Pakistan” http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/28/international/asia/28AFGH.html

 

“Top Taliban Move Freely in Pakistan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17217-2002May27.html

 

Daniel Pearl’s Murder: The Untold Story

  • Ahmed Omar Sheikh, arrested for the abduction of Daniel Pearl, turned himself into authorities a full week before his arrest was announced by Pakistani police. During the intervening week, Pakistani police gave optimistic interviews indicating that they were on the verge of capturing Mr. Sheikh. Why the lie?  Perhaps, as some Pakistani officials say, it was to allow time for his associates to escape. (NY Times 2/25/02 );  

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/02/25/international/asia/25PEAR.html?ex=1015652923&ei=1&en=eeaa85512b164562

 

  • B. Raman, a former head of Indian Intelligence, now the director of an Indian think tank that specializes in terrorism and Pakistan, has this to add: (http://www.indianest.com/analysis/012.htm)

  • Reliable reports from Karachi police say that Musharaff ordered the stopping of all interrogation of Omar Sheikh in the beginning of March.

  • Prior to this, Omar Sheikh admitted that he had been operating freely with Pakistan ’s intelligence agency, the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence).

  • He had orchestrated the attack on the Indian Parliament at New Delhi on December 13, 2001 and the firing outside the American Center in Kolkata on January 22, 2002 , with the knowledge and approval of the ISI.

  • Sheikh said that Pearl was murdered because he was making enquiries about the links of the Pakistani military-intelligence establishment with bin Laden.

  • The highly reputed former editor, Shaheen Sehbai, of the prominent daily Pakistani newspaper called “The News,” writes an article in the Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2002 , revealing the sordid truth behind Musharaff and the Pakistani support of terrorism. Mr. Sehbai fled Pakistan under fear for his life after revealing details of his interview with Omar Sheikh, the terrorist arrested for the abduction of Daniel Pearl. (“Don’t be Fooled by Musharaff’s Nice Guy Pose”), http://online.wsj.com/article_email/0,,SB1016494685248960040,00.html  

  • Mr. Sheikh had turned himself in to authorities one week prior to his announced “arrest” date by Musharaff.

  • Mr. Sheikh directly linked the ISI to the Indian parliament attack on December 13, 2001 .

  •  Mr. Sehbai states that Musharaff promptly released most of the Taliban leaders and their fanatic activists.

  • Mr. Sehbai accuses Musharaff of “managing” politics and forming a political party to legitimize his leadership and vote him into office in October 2002.

 

What do the experts think

  • Kofi Annan, Secretary General of The United Nations, in a statement issued on May 23, 2002 by his office: “The secretary-general accordingly urges President Musharaff to take vigorous action to ensure full implementation of the policy set out in his speech of 12 January.” (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Articleshow.asp?art_id=10885642)

  • British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, in a press conference with Musharaff on May 28, 2002, would not go into details with his meeting with Musharaff, but said that Musharaff was under no doubt about the clear action that could be taken on the "cross-border terrorism". (http://www.dawn.com/2002/05/29/top1.htm)

  • Leon Hadar, a foreign policy scholar at the Cato Institute, describes the commonly held sentiment among scholars that Pakistan , more so than Iran , Iraq , or North Korea, should be at the top of President Bush’s axis of evil. He describes Pakistan as “led by an unreliable military clique that is assisting radical Islamic terrorist groups in Kashmir and pressing for a war with India.” (http://www.cato.org/dailys/02-28-02.html )

  • After Musharaff’s January speech, experts doubted his resolve to end terrorism. ''One must take his latest statements about wanting Pakistan to be a secular Muslim society with a grain of salt,'' said Ted Galen Carpenter, a foreign policy expert at the Cato Institute (USA Today, February 14, 2002 ; http://www.usatoday.com/usatonline/20020214/3856938s.htm )

  • Brahma Chellaney, Professor at the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi , India : “The reality is that without the military's grip on power being loosened and the rogue Inter-Services Intelligence agency being cut to size, there can be no real, sustained movement in Pakistan toward democracy or against terrorism. As for stability on the subcontinent, the only occasions when India and Pakistan have come close to peace have been during the brief periods of democratic rule in Islamabad.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/30/opinion/30CHEL.html )

MILITANTS ACTIVITIES IN J&K SINCE 1990 to 2001

 

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

Since 1990 upto Dec.01

No. of Incidents

4158

3765

4817

5247

5829

5938

5014

3420

2932

3071

3074

4522

51787

Civilians Killed

461

382

634

747

820

1031

1336

948

857

821

762

919

9718

Security Forces Killed

155

173

189

198

200

237

184

193

236

355

400

536

3053

Terrorists Killed

550

844

819

1310

1596

1332

1209

1075

999

1082

1520

2020

14356

Foreign Militants killed

14

12

14

90

122

85

139

197

319

305

436

625

2358


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