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    Mumbai mastermind arrested


    by Sid on 8th December, 2008 at 7:00 pm    

    It now appears that on the basis of information supplied by the last surviving Mumbai terrorist, security forces in Pakistan have arrested Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi along with six other men, for direct involvement with masterminding the attacks. Lakhvi was one of the senior operatives of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, bringing the accusations of involvement of that terrorist outfit full circle.

    AP via Google news reports:

    Among those arrested was Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, an LeT activist whom Indian officials have accused of planning the Mumbai attack, according to an official from Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the political wing of LeT.

    Pakistani intelligence officers said six men have been arrested, but gave no names, and there has been no official confirmation of the raid.

    Mr Lakhvi, one of LeT’s operations chiefs, was named as a ringleader in the Mumbai plot by the lone surviving gunman captured in India, according to Indian officials.

    He and Yusuf Muzammil, the head of Lashkar’s anti-India operations, gave orders by telephone to the 10 militants who killed at least 171 people in the attack on Mumbai, Indian officials said.

    Locals said the operation began in the afternoon in Shawai on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

    This arrest could be acknowledgment by Pakistani authorities of compliance with international pressure to capture those involved with the Mumbai massacre, but given Pakistan’s soft approach to terrorism, doubts remain:

    “We’ve seen before how Pakistan will arrest some militants, keep them for a couple of months and then release them when the world’s not paying attention,” said B. Raman, a former head of the Pakistan desk at the Research and Analysis Wing (India’s MI6).

    “It must not be allowed to do that this time. They have to prosecute these people and dismantle the whole terrorist infrastructure,” he told The Times.

    It will only be a matter of time before those who have demanded “evidence” of Pakistani involvement will discount this development and call it another ploy on the “War on Pakistan”. Something which the Hizbies, amongst others, are busy pushing.

    Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said: “It is well known that Hizb ut Tahrir holds the opinion from Islam that it is forbidden to attack and kill innocent people. Yet, that does not excuse the dangerously weak and irresponsible response of the Pakistan government faced with serious threats against the country.”

    “India’s premature blaming of Muslims from Britain and then retracting this and then pointing the finger at Pakistan indicates how this incident is being used to further their political agenda. We should not forget how the United States used its political capital from the 9/11 attacks to launch two wars.”

    Look at the doublespeak in that statement: So “Hizb ut Tahrir holds the opinion from Islam that it is forbidden to attack and kill innocent people” but the indiscriminate killing of innocents is a justified response to the Iraq and Afghan wars. President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani of Pakistan are to be blamed for complying with India and the USA and the targetting of known terrorist cells.

    By now, many people will be familiar with this convoluted nonsense.



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    1. Ashik — on 8th December, 2008 at 7:46 pm  

      Let us hope he is extradited to India to face trial for his part in the Mumbai attacks. A free and fair trial conducted in front of the public will help provide the evidence as to where the attackers received their guidance, training and logistical support. The evidence seems to begin to point increasingly to Pakistani involvement. In that case their govt has a lot of questions to answer.

    2. realist — on 8th December, 2008 at 8:01 pm  

      Taji Mustafa, media representative of Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain said: “It is well known that Hizb ut Tahrir holds the opinion from Islam that it is forbidden to attack and kill innocent people. Yet, that does not excuse the dangerously weak and irresponsible response of the Pakistan government faced with serious threats against the country.”

      “India’s premature blaming of Muslims from Britain and then retracting this and then pointing the finger at Pakistan indicates how this incident is being used to further their political agenda. We should not forget how the United States used its political capital from the 9/11 attacks to launch two wars.”

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      Sid
      “Look at the doublespeak in that statement: So “Hizb ut Tahrir holds the opinion from Islam that it is forbidden to attack and kill innocent people” but the killing of innocents indiscriminately is a justified response to the Iraq and Afghan wars.”

      I read this 3 times and I dont know where on earth you got that from. You are clearly not very well and out of your hatred for HT (or is for Muslims?) want to read things which clearly arent there.

    3. Muhamad — on 8th December, 2008 at 8:55 pm  

      I’m a realist too, and I think bastards with complete and disregard for life must get life…in solitary confinement!

    4. zaffer — on 8th December, 2008 at 9:20 pm  

      On a lighter note, picklers have seemed to forgot its eid today. Eid Mubarack!

      continuing the lighter note theme- check this- Hitler gets frustrated with the inconsistency of when Eid should be celebrated-
      http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kBmahC_uvbk

    5. Muhamad — on 8th December, 2008 at 9:42 pm  

      I meant ‘complete & utter disregard’.

    6. dave bones — on 8th December, 2008 at 11:17 pm  

      realist beat me to it. Where is HT saying

      the indiscriminate killing of innocents is a justified response to the Iraq and Afghan wars.

    7. Sid — on 9th December, 2008 at 12:22 am  

      Take what Taji Mustafa is saying to its logical conclusion.

      “India’s premature blaming of Muslims from Britain and then retracting this and then pointing the finger at Pakistan indicates how this incident is being used to further their political agenda. We should not forget how the United States used its political capital from the 9/11 attacks to launch two wars.”

      He is clearly making the moral equivalence between the Iraq and Afghan wars with the Mumbai massacre. The wars preceded the terrorist attacks, and they are placed in that order in Mustafa’s reasoning.

      Why make a connection between the Afghan and Iraq wars with the massacre in India? India objected to and refused to back Bush’s war in Iraq with troops. But Pakistan under Parvez Musharraf bent over backwards to hand over control to the USA while fellating them at the same time as partners in Bush’s “War on Terror”.

      That is not mentioned anywhere on the Hizbi site.
      Nor will you find any outright condemnation of the Mumbai atrocities.

    8. Roger — on 9th December, 2008 at 12:53 am  

      Alleged Mumbai mastermind arrested, actually.
      Equally, the fact that Pakistani citizens were almost certainly involved does not mean that the Pakistani state was involved.

    9. Sid — on 9th December, 2008 at 1:11 am  

      Agreed but this article suggests that Indian intelligence has the skinny on the ISI. And the ISI, as you know, is an institution of the Pakistani state.

    10. douglas clark — on 9th December, 2008 at 7:27 am  

      Sid,

      I don’t think there is anything much that constitutes a central Pakistani State. I have read a whole lot of stuff about Pakistan and it all seems to break down into a fragile democracy attempting to control a bunch of fundamentalists. We should be trying to support the democrats and, obviously, bringing the fundies to account.

      But that should be done through the rule of law. If the ISI are a bunch of terrorist sympathisers, then clearly the Pakistan government should do whatever it can to disassemble them. That might not be easy, as Pakistan appears to be a very fractured community.

      My point is that blame should be apportioned directly to the evil fucks, and not to a whole society. Otherwise you are trending towards the nuclear option.

      Which is never right.

    11. Roger — on 9th December, 2008 at 11:34 am  

      Someone once said that Pakistan is unique: other states have armed forces; Pakistan is where the armed forces have a state.

    12. Shamit — on 9th December, 2008 at 1:05 pm  

      The criminal would not be handed over and there would not be any public trial even in Pakistan. Well, that’s what I think.

      And, that has got to do a lot with the survival of the State of Pakistan which already is in a precarious state. It has no control over its intelligence agencies and dare I say, I doubt the Army High Command has full control of all its elements either. There have been speculations that the younger breed of now Brig. Generals, Colonels and Majors are much more fundamentally inclined than their predecessors who are retiring or soon would be.

      This is the cadre that got indoctrinated by Gen. Zia Ul Haq and as a result we have an arm of the State which is more fundamenetally inclined than the Government of the Day or its own command structure.

      Now, in a situation where the Army has all the guns and the word is also the custodian of Nuclear Weapons how do we expect Pakistan to resolve this continuous cycle of terrorist violence? It cannot and will not.

      Some parts of the State are supporting ideologues that call for death of democracy and justifying terrorist acts — not only with words but by ensuring they have training facilities, other resources such as dodgy credit cards and bank statements, as well as funding to carry out operations of the scale noticed in Mumbai recently.

      Yet, the world community asks India to have patience. And, I can understand why patience seems to be running thin. And, any sort of action, could precipitate into a full fledged nuclear war we are told. I see that — but the alternative is almost as bad, where Indian citizens, irrespective of their chosen religion, are not safe anywhere and sadly niether are Pakistani citizens.

      So, in other words, the message seems to be ” We all know Pakistan is a failed state and Government does not have control within its own borders and people launching henious attacks can find a safe house in Pakistan. But it holds nuclear weapons so we should not do anything. US can do it because they are far away and Pakistani nuclear weapons do not have the reach but India must be patient and play this gane.”

      Not very attractive I would say. And, once again who represents Pakistan? The Indian PM while in Office can rightfully claim s/he speaks for India but can the same be said about Pakistan Government.

      Blaming the evil fucks as Douglas says is absolutely correct but it would be naive to suggest that a operation of this sophistication and magnitude without active and tacit support from the most powerful entity in Pakistan - the Armed forces and its agencies - would not have been feasible.

      So, who cares of this terrorsit mastermind have been arrested? Pakistan has arrested many LeT leaders in the past and then when things quieten down, they are let go. By the way, they had tip offs because by the time the police reached most places they were empty. And this happened yesterday.

      How do you deal with a failed state except with internation armed intervention? If there is another way, I would love to know.



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