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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad (27 Nov 2008 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Condemning 'Islamist' terrorist attack on Mumbai in harshest terms

Condemning "Islamist" terrorist attack on Mumbai in harshest terms




New Delhi, Nov 27: Even as the siege of India’s financial capital continued, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh delivered his strongest message yet about his government’s intention to crack down on the enemies of India.


Addressing the nation on the morbid occasion he sought to give an impression of the government and security agencies being in control of the situation. While condemning the assault in most severe terms, he assured Indian citizens that all possible measures would be taken against the perpetrators of this outrage.


Hinting for the first time that India might be contemplating hot pursuit, the Prime Minister said that his government “will go after perpetrators” of the attacks all the way.


On the issue of more stringent laws, a demand that has been raised time and again especially by the opposition, the PM said current laws will be tightened as per the need. The PM said that National Security Act would be enforced so that the terrorists cannot escape.


He also addressed another long standing demand of setting up a Federal Agency to tackle terror saying that such an organisation would be established. He also said police reforms would be initiated.


“We cannot countenance a situation in which the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with such impunity,” he said firmly.


Sending out a clear signal that the government believed this strike to be the handiwork of foreign nationals, the Prime Minister warned neighbours that they would not be allowed to use their territory for anti-India activities. He also promised to take up the issue with the highest authorities of such countries, promising that there would be a cost if suitable measures are not taken by them.


"It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with the single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country."


He said the "well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners."


The PM also promised to bring in a tighter visa regime saying no suspicious element will be allowed to set foot into the country.


He also ‘saluted’ and condoled the death of those killed in action so far, including ATS chief Hemant Karkare. The PM said that the government would compensate those killed and injured in the attack and would bear the full medical expenses of their treatment.


The grave looking PM concluded by calling on all citizens to remain united and maintain peace and harmony in this trying time.

Zeenews Bureau



TEXT - Prime Minister's statement on Mumbai attack

Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:13pm IST


NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday that the attacks in Mumbai which killed more than 100 people were probably plotted by a group based in a neighbouring country.


Following is a text of his televised address:


"The dastardly terror attacks that took place in Mumbai last night and today leading to the loss of many precious lives and injuries to many others have deeply shocked the nation.


"I strongly condemn these acts of senseless violence against innocent people, including guests from foreign countries.


"I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and sympathies to those injured. The Government will take all necessary measures to look after the wellbeing of the affected families, including medical treatment of injured.


"The well-planned and well-orchestrated attacks, probably with external linkages, were intended to create a sense of panic, by choosing high profile targets and indiscriminately killing foreigners.


"I salute the courage and patriotism of the police officers, including the Chief of the Anti-Terror Squad, Shri (Mr.) Hemant Karkare and men who have laid down their lives in fighting these terrorists.


"I assure the country that we will attend in an urgent and serious manner to police reform so that the law and order authorities can work unitedly, effectively and in a determined manner to tackle such threats to national integrity.


"We are not prepared to countenance a situation in which the safety and security of our citizens can be violated with impunity by terrorists. 


"It is evident that the group which carried out these attacks, based outside the country, had come with single-minded determination to create havoc in the commercial capital of the country.


"We will take the strongest possible measures to ensure that there is no repetition of such terrorist acts. We are determined to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the safety and security of our citizens.


"Instruments like the National Security Act will be employed to deal with situations of this kind. Existing laws will be tightened to ensure that there are no loopholes available to terrorists to escape the clutches of the law.


"Most importantly, it is essential to immediately set up a Federal Investigation Agency to go into terrorist crimes of this kind and ensure that the guilty are brought to book.


"We will take up strongly with our neighbours that the use of their territory for launching attacks on us will not be tolerated, and that there would be a cost if suitable measures are not taken by them.


"We will take a number of measures to strengthen the hands of our police and intelligence authorities. We will curb the flow of funds to suspect organisations. We will restrict the entry of suspects into the country.


"We will go after these individuals and organisations and make sure that every perpetrator, organiser and supporter of terror, whatever his affiliation or religion may be, pays a heavy price for these cowardly and horrific acts against our people.


"In this hour of tragedy, I appeal to the people to maintain peace and harmony so that the enemies of our country do not succeed in their nefarious designs. All concerned authorities are on alert and will deal sternly with any attempts to disturb public order.


"I am confident that the people of India will rise unitedly to face this grave challenge to the nation's security and integrity.



World leaders condemn Mumbai terror strikes

November 27th, 2008 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI


Washington/London/Moscow/Chicago, Nov.27 (ANI): There has been widespread international condemnation of the series of shootings across Mumbai in which at least 80 people have been killed and many more injured. Following are some of the statements issued by heads of state, government and leaders, as reported by the BBC.


“These outrageous attacks in Mumbai will be met with a vigorous response. I have sent a message to [Indian] Prime Minister [Manmohan] Singh that the UK stands solidly with his government as they respond, and to offer all necessary help. Urgent action is underway to offer every possible protection to British citizens in the region,” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said: “President Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai, India. The United States condemns this terrorist attack and we will continue to stand with the people of India in this time of tragedy. This afternoon, the White House National Security Council convened officials from counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies as well as the state and defence Departments.The US government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens, and stands ready to assist and support the Indian government.


Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is due to visit India early next month said: “We are concerned about the loss of life and consider that acts of terrorism of this type are harmful to the whole international order and are a challenge to humanity.”


A spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, said: “The secretary general condemns the rash of shootings and blasts in Mumbai today, which killed and wounded a large number of people. Such violence is totally unacceptable. The secretary general reiterates his conviction that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.[He] sends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded and expresses his solidarity with the people and government of India.


The office of the Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said: “Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while strongly condemning the incidents of violence in Mumbai, has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives.”


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: “Whichever group has perpetrated this attack, they are cowards, absolute cowards, and murderers.This cowardly attack on India’’s stability, peace and democracy reminds us all that international terrorism is far from defeated, and that we must all maintain our vigilance.”


Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said: “This kind of terrorism is unforgivable, extremely despicable and vicious. I feel strong resentment and deeply condemn it.Japan is with the Indian people who are fighting against terrorism and we will cooperate with the Indian government.” (ANI)


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  • Without Prejudice

    I see that this website has received my email request to delete the post. However, and upto this hour in time, this wbsite has not deleted the post. Rather it appears that you, in turn, are indulging in electronic terrorism!

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    I expect suitable actiosn from thei website, as per my instructions.



    By Suryavir Singh -

  • Obama and Kashmir


    The man who will be inaugurated 44th President of the United States on January 20 has certain ideas on Kashmir that have raised concerns in India’s official and political establishment — and enthused separatist elements in Jammu & Kashmir. These ideas, which go back some way, were detailed in an October 2008 interview to Time magazine and touched upon during a December 5 interview to the same publication. Winning the war in Afghanistan, w hich increasingly looks like a pipe dream, is one of Barack Obama’s top priorities. Somewhat naively, he approaches Pakistan-India relations and the Kashmir dispute through the prism of “managing a more effective strategy in Afghanistan.” That, in his view, calls for a viable strategy with Pakistan’s civilian government, its military, and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to “root out militant terrorists.” And this brings Mr. Obama to the idea of “working with Pakistan and India to try to resolve the Kashmir crisis in a serious way.” Despite recognising Kashmir as “a potential tar pit diplomatically,” Mr. Obama has gone on record favouring mediatory intervention between India and Pakistan through a high-powered special envoy.


    These ideas may be unwelcome in New Delhi but there is no cause for alarm, assuming of course that official India can work out a clear and resolute strategy of dealing with the Kashmir issue in its external and internal dimensions. In particular, there is no need to get hot under the collar over the prospect of any return to hyphenation. India must be clear and resolute that the only way to resolve the Kashmir issue in its external dimension along with other key issues is through comprehensive bilateral talks with Pakistan. It must act on the realisation that Mr. Obama’s principal focus for quite a while will be on the economy. But as soon as the opportunity arises, New Delhi must disabuse the new administration of any notion that the Kashmir issue can be approached in the way Mr. Obama has proposed. The U.S. cannot possibly mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir or other critical issues unless New Delhi allows it to do so. India-Pakistan relations are in crisis. But it must be hoped that sooner than later, a sustainable solution will be found through political and diplomatic means to the issue of cross-border terrorism so that the two countries can resume their composite dialogue and get back on the cooperative track. Mr. Obama is welcome to take on the political challenge of pressuring and encouraging Islamabad to deliver on its anti-terrorism commitments on the Afghan as well as Indian fronts. But internationalisation of the Kashmir issue through Washington’s intervention must be ruled out of court.


    By Syed Mohammad Sanaullah -

  • Dear Editor,

    Salam Alikum. 

    One thing is sure that Pakistan Government has no control over it's armed forces, intellegence agency (ISI) and terrerist Organisation.  It is the world community has to take charge againt their terrerist organisaions and hit their training bases.  It's shame on you Pakistanis.

    Yours faithfully,
    Salauddin Kazi.

    By Salauddin Kazi -

  • First of all I have to condemn strongly these terrorist attacks took place on a number of places of the financial capital of India in which our innocent brothers and sisters got killed and left their family and siblings in  the state of shock. For this catastrophic event I do not have words actually to express my anger and harshness.

    In fact, the brutal Mumbai terror attacks sought to divide us. But I am sure we have become more united then ever, united in our love and support to each other and determined to work together to stop violent extremism. The attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our communal harmony and peace. Their top target was our unity, if these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorist would have won.

    As a Muslim, I am traumatised at what has been done in the name of Islam. As an Indian, I am determined to keep these terrorists from tearing our country apart. As a human being, I join with the entire world in condemning  this horrible violence.

    My tribute to all the police forces died in these monstrous attacks, likewise, I pay homage to my all brothers, sisters who were killed in this carnage.

    I would like to also tell the terrorists and their masterminds, any illtreated objective and activity cannot divide us, our motherland is every thing for us. Anyone intend to encroach an inch of it, India will never bow down under any cercumstances vis-a vis any terror strike or evil doing.

    Let's pledg not to cowed down before this evil act and we shall never allow any individual, any how, any where to do this kind of misdeed on our soil, join hands to fight this menace.



    By Dr. Mohammad Ajmal Qasmi -


    The article “Reduce VIP security and interrogate survivors, please   01 Dec 2008   by  Sandhya Jain”  Is thought provoking and raises many a questions,  the Indian populace has seen,  that the people who came by Boats have been taken care of, and put in their rightful places by our Valiant  Forces, now we all collectively have to take care of those,  who have come by Votes and put them in their  places, far away from the Vidhan Sabhaas and the Inidan Parliament.

    By SAF RIZVI' -


    Just posting this message to show my complete support to the decision taken by Muslim Council president Ibrahim Tai for strongly protesting the proposed  burial of the terrorists in The Bada kabrastan in South Mumbai the biggest graveyard in the city and I would further request the Govt. Of India not to burry them in  any kabaristan on  Indian soil  for that matter. The  bodies of the terrorists  should be thrown outside Indian waters,  so they can join their Ancestor Ibn Abdal Wahab the founder of Wahabism, (the real perpetrators of terrorism) who did not get a grave himself and met a similar fate.

    As per Islamic tenets, killing of innocent persons is not permitted whatever may be the cause. What these terrorists have done is anti-Islam and have put to shame  entire God fearing Muslims Populace of India, we Muslims are taught since childhood that even wasting a drop of water is considered a grave sin in Islam. These terrorists have killed so many innocents and shed streams of blood. They cannot be Muslims or followers of Islam. The terrorists behind the Mumbai strike should not get a final resting place anywhere in Mother India.


    By SAF RIZVI' -

  • If, and that is a big if Lashkar is responsible for this satanic act, then Pakistan Intelligence Chief should resign as a non-state actor has put the security of Pakistan at risk by attacking a neighbour.  Does the Pakistani govt. not know if Lashkar (under perhaps a new name like Al Badar) has training camps in the country? If not, why not?  You cannot have these kinds of outfits in the country messing around in other countries and making them go to war!! How can you have the nerve to start killing innocent people in a sneaky manner. People who are not in any way harming you? Enough is engough. Mubashir
    By Mubashir -

  • So that we study the event from all angles, found an interesting article:


    Reduce VIP security and interrogate survivors, please        

    Sandhya Jain

    01 Dec 2008


     While there is no way the sartorially elegant Shivraj Patil could have survived the gory 62-hour blood-and-bullets nightmare that descended upon Mumbai last week, the appointment of P. Chidambaram as Union Home Minister, after a disastrous innings as Finance Minister, hardly inspires confidence. Coupled with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s refusal to accept the resignation of M.K. Narayanan, this suggests that Congress intends to learn nothing from the colossal failure of intelligence, for which the National Security Adviser and Sonia Gandhi-loyalist was critically responsible.

    Public confidence in this decision could, however, follow if the Union Cabinet takes a decision to scale down VIP security across the board, beginning with the ruling dispensation in New Delhi. If the Congress-dominated UPA believes national security should continue to be manned by men who should be quartered and hung for letting Mumbai happen, and that public opinion can be doused by the token removal of Shivraj Patil and perhaps Vilasrao Deshmukh while a political oligarchy quietly enhances its personal security, then it is living in a fool’s paradise.

    While stock-taking has only just begun, it already appears as if some things are being covered up. In these circumstances, the retention of Narayanan who was invisible during the entire crisis though he was too visible in the hated Indo-US nuclear deal does nothing to inspire confidence. In an atmosphere when media hype persistently reminds us of the Twin Towers tragedy in New York, one can only think of the success of Prince Bandar in escorting all well-connected Saudi youth out of America in the immediate aftermath of 11 September 2001.

    Some things deserve an immediate answer – how many terrorists were there actually; how did they reach their respective destinations inland; and is it possible that “super-terrorists” simply walked out with the real survivors after having utilised the “mercenaries” to the hilt, just as they had murdered the navigators of the boats that brought them to Mumbai?

    Current media reports and government sources say that the terrorists came by sea, landing near the Gateway of India or Colaba. This certainly explains the attacks on the sea front hotels like Taj, Oberoi and the Nariman House. But the question remains – how did they get to the CST station, Cama Hospital, and other places inland? Someone must have provided transport and back-up.

    By no logic can anyone believe that nine separate sites in a city could be held to ransom by just 10 men. It is particularly difficult to believe that gigantic hotels like the Taj could be ruined and scores of guests killed or injured by just two men (sometimes the figure goes to six). Even two men per floor could not have caused the kind of death and destruction that did happen. A small place like Nariman House, yes, but Taj and Oberoi – I don’t believe it. And if there were six persons at Taj and at least two at Nariman House, that means only two persons destroyed the Oberoi?

    Rediff.com has interviewed the doctors who conducted the post-mortems on the dead hostages and terrorists, and it is their expert opinion that a battle of attrition took place over three days at the Oberoi and Taj hotels. The mutilation of the bodies was unlike anything they had seen in their careers in forensics.

    For one, the bodies of the victims bore horrible signs of torture. Now this is understandable if the victims are being tormented by half-human beasts, but it seems strange that two terrorists could simultaneously fight and keep Indian commandos at bay for 62 hours, and also have the time to torture their victims. Yet the doctors were emphatic that:

    "It was apparent that most of the dead were tortured. What shocked me were the telltale signs showing clearly how the hostages were executed in cold blood."

    To my mind, it seems apparent that the terrorists who kept the NSG commandos engaged and those who tortured and killed the hotel staff and guests were two separate groups.

    This suspicion is intensified by the startling revelation that the terrorists also did not meet a clean death. Doctors who conducted the post-mortem said the bodies of the terrorists – especially their faces - were beyond recognition. The security forces identified the bodies as those of terrorists [on TV they said it was because of the presence of weaponry near the bodies].

    One terrorist was shot through either eye (i.e., both eyes!!!). As the NSG commandos never got to such close range with the terrorists, and nobody commits suicide by shooting both his own eyes, it follows that the killers were somebody else. Since none of the hotel guests could have the kind of weaponry used in the conflict, this suggests the presence of a mysterious third party, making the terrorists the victims of a classic double-cross – the stuff of spy thrillers. Actually, it reminds one of the convenient murder of the alleged killer of President John F. Kennedy.

    Hence it would be entirely in order to closely interrogate each and every guest, especially theforeign guests, before allowing them to leave the country. Without false emotionalism, we should also fingerprint them for the future; who knows what Interpol cooperation may throw up.

    Top Russian counter-terrorism expert, Vladimir Klyukin, an Afghan war veteran, opines that the Mumbai attackers were not "ordinary terrorists" and were probably trained by the specialoperations forces set up in Pakistan by US intelligence prior to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. In his view, the nature of the Mumbai events suggests the signature of the 'Green Flag' special operations forces created by the Americans in Pakistan, just a year before the Soviet withdrawal.

    Guerrilla operations of the Mumbai kind require at least two-three years of preparatory work with experienced instructors. Raw trainees cannot hold four huge complexes in a city to ransom for so long. The Russian Interfax news agency reported the former KGB veteran as surmising theinvolvement of at least 50 terrorists, given the geography and sheer scale of the attacks. This seems like a legitimate estimation.

    What is more, the only way 9 coordinated attacks can occur simultaneously is by using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or live maps for communication and control. These are not normally owned by private parties. Initial investigations also suggested that as many as seven terrorists included mostly British-born Pakistanis, and one does hope that these leads are not covered up. The reports also suggested some gunmen were captured, but later media reports highlighted that only one terrorists was caught alive at the railway station. So there is a lot of confusion here that needs to be cleared up.

    Certainly the hints about British involvement, openly asserted by the outspoken Lyndon LaRouche, need investigation.  

    Media has been heavily criticized in some quarters for airing visuals of NSG commandos dropping on the hotel roofs from helicopters, and thus giving operational secrets away to the militants watching TV inside. If the criticism is to be valid, however, we will have to accept that the terrorists had more men inside who could be deployed to watch TV and give information which would enable them to react and rebuff the aerial assault. There is no way 2 to 6 terrorists could torture victims sadistically and kill them brutally, watch TV, fight and keep the security forces at bay for 62 hours, and then kill themselves or each other in impossible ways.

    The death of terrorists points to a clear double-cross and also the possibility of the involvement of more than one religious denomination. That the terrorists did not prepare for death by carrying potassium cyanide is well known; nor did they simply intend to blow themselves up like the usual suicide bombers. The surviving terrorist has revealed that they were told of an escape plan – and no doubt that plan was used by those who killed their fellow terrorists and walked out free!

    This writer has consistently stated that modern, late 20th-21st century jihad is qualitatively different from the medieval jihad in which Muslim armies led by generals or kings ran over much of the world in Europe, north Africa, and Asia. Contemporary jihad is a mercenary tool of Western colonialism, serving a colonial intent with devout slavishness, and this seems borne out by the events of Mumbai.

    What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the Islamic world wakes up to the reality of its own self-enslavement. India on its part has demonstrated that no matter how long it takes to get operational, no matter the cost in terms of live and property, the territory of Bharat Mata will be protected.

    It is more than likely that Pakistan was rebuked by its British and American ‘friends’ (read Masters) for agreeing to send the ISI chief to assist in the investigations, and forced to backtrack on a solemn assurance. The teams from Scotland Yard and America, ostensibly coming to assist India in the probe, are more likely trying to ascertain the extent of evidence with India.

    It is pertinent that the recovery of a satellite phone from the trawler abandoned with the body of the Gujarati captain revealed that the trawler had been hijacked to Karachi Port, and while there, calls were made even to Australia (where the CIA has a famous outpost!)



    Interestingly, General Leonid Ivashov, who was Chief of Staff of the Russian armed forces when the Twin Towers tragedy happened on 11 September 2001, insists that there is no such thing as international terrorism and that “the September 11 attacks were the result of a set-up. What we are seeing is a manipulation by the big powers; this terrorism would not exist without them.” Instead of faking a “world war on terror”, the best way to reduce such attacks is through respect for international law and peaceful cooperation among countries and their citizens


    Globalization creates the conditions for the emergence of this terror. It seeks to design a new world geo-strategic map; appropriate the resources of the planet; erase cultural identities; and subjugate States before a global oligarchy. Thus, terrorism, according to Gen. Ivashov, is an instrument of world politics, “a means to install a unipolar world with a sole world headquarters, a pretext to erase national borders and to establish the rule of a new world elite. It is precisely this elite that constitutes the key element of world terrorism, its ideologist and its “godfather”.

    Contemporary international terrorism combines the use of terror by State and non-State political structures to attain political objectives through intimidation of people, psychological and social destabilization, elimination of resistance inside power organizations, and the creation of appropriate conditions for the manipulation of the countries’ policies and the behaviour of people. Media complicity helps. But terrorism is not possible without the support of political and business circles that wield the funds to finance it – and Pakistan is notoriously bankrupt.

    More pertinently, only secret services and their current or retired chiefs have the ability to plan and execute an operation of such complexity and scale. It is secret services that create, finance and control extremist organizations.

    Is it possible that M.K. Narayanan has been retained by the current pro-Western dispensation to “help” the Western secret services (State actors) in the current mess, to facilitate their long-term agenda by manipulating and misleading the nation and the people? We deserve an answer; we demand to know.

    By Mubashir -

  • Yeh waqt nahi hai ki hum Shia-Sunni, Barelvi-Deobandi ki aapsi bahas karein, ya kaun Accha aur sachcha musalman hai, Jannat ki hurein kiske hisse mein hain ya jahannum ki aag kiske hisse mein hai is' per bahas karein. Yeh to Allah ko Khud tai karna hai hamari Final Amaal Report ke upar, Sirf aur Sirf amal ki buniyad par. Yeh waqt Ittehad ka hai. Agar hum aaj bhi nahi jagenge, phir yaqeen jaaniye ki hamare pass paane ko to bahut door' khone ko bhi kuch nahi bachega.

    Waqt hai Hemant Karkare ke hindu dahshat-gardi ke parde ko faash karne ke adhure kaam ko poora karne ka. Salaam hai Hemant Karkare ki jan-baazi ko, ke jo kaam hum 25 crore Musalman nahi kar sake wo ek ghair-muslim officer ke haanthon ho gaya. Bhai Hemant Karkare hum sharmindan hain aur hamein maaf karna ki hum tumhare qatil ko aankhon se dekh to rahe hain, lekin maslahate waqt ki zanjeerein aur mulk ka qanoon hamein tumhare qoone-na-haq ka badla nahi lene de raha hai.

    Aie janbaaz Hemant, na-aqabat-andesh muashara tumhari sachchai aur dileri ko bardasht nahi kar saka, Aur tumko goli maarke qatil ne khud ko maar daala. Aur hamesha hamesha ke liye kurkure-kashi ki lanat mein mubtela ho gaya. Tumhare qatil ko nahi maloom tha ki tum ek IPS officer se uper uthkar ek silsila, zanjeer aur tahrik ban chuke ho. Silsile aur tahreek bandooq ki goli se nahi marte.

    Zinda rahe to Aayenda......   



    It was our finest commando force forming the elite NSG that pulled nations' chestnuts out of fire on 26/11/ that engulged Mumbai in India's 9/11 as they have been doing all these years but at what cost. The question frequently asked is this enough for a nation that is touted as a super power of the future?

    The nation was shocked and bewildered when the financial capital of the country was attacked by a group of mercenaries or terrorists walking through the thick of the crowd as if they were strolling in a park. It looked so casual that a group of ten terrorists disembarked from a motor boat near the Gate way of India in public glare, carrying huge arms and ammunitions under their bags, climbed the walls and walk out freely. They came out so casually and even talked to some locals saying they were students, dispersing in groups of two or three, going in different directions. It was strange but a straight jacket scene from an action movie of the Hollywood.

    It is not about the severity or nature of the attack but the way the terrorism is being tackled in the country for a decade, is a matter of debate and concern as well. But this attack, like the series of attacks, is the worst of all in terms of its severity and magnitude that baffled even the likes of Russians, Americans, Britons and Israelis. This has also surprised with disbelief even the Commandos who finally flushed out all the terrorists barring one who was caught. It bore the hall mark of Al-Qaida type attack and these trained mercenaries, who were put through a long haul of rigorous training to launch a well orchestrated and well coordinated attack that has taken every one by surprise. It was all over and the anti-terrorism squad did the rest. But the damage was colossal, much higher in terms of men and materials. Then what  next.?

    The mood of the nation is one of disbelief, anger and frustration but full of determination. The final word was “enough is enough” and it is time to walk the talk. It's time for tough talks and action. It needs no emphasis that terrorism is a menace and biggest threat to the sovereignty and unity of the country. Yet the country has learnt little lesson from the menace after being target of the terrorists action relentlessly for over a decade. The tragedy is not in its inept action but the political leadership who appears to have such a myopic outlook that it continues to view terrorism as a mere law and order problem, when actually it was  a form of deadly guerrilla war fare of a high magnitude never witnessed before. Or otherwise, a responsible Deputy Chief Minister of the very State of Maharashtra Mr. Patil, who was forced to resign, would  not have uttered those uncharitable words terming the mayhem as a “small incident” bound to happen in such bigger cities. That of course, cost him his job but then it only reflected the kind of attitude with which these politicians have been running the premier state of the country.

    The next question arises, why are we so inept, helpless and lack imagination? The reason appears to be that such a menace is being tackled in an atmosphere of inadequacy, fractured and uncoordinated manner. What is needed here is the political will and a resolve to formulate a comprehensive plan to deal effectively with this menace. The major problem faced in the strategy formulation to tackle terrorism is in not co-opting the army in the new strategy. When Army plays such a major role in the counter-terrorism operations every now and then, it is but essential that the Army is also taken into confidence while formulating future anti-terrorism strategies. So far nothing tangible has been done in this regard except mere talks. It is said that the crisis management which is an anti-thesis for strategy and hence meaningless. But then the structure itself was found wanting.

    The biggest lesson the country has learnt was from the mess created over sharing of intelligence informations between states and the central govts. In the recent attack our intelligence agencies were clueless, though belatedly claim to have passed on to the state for action, as it was a state subject. While politicians are busy with an eye on the next elections, the officials including bureaucrats and police, are only concerned with gaining more and more power and pelf. No one seems to be aware of the magnitude of this problem and the politicians including opposition alike are just satisfied with the strengthening of the existing laws to punish the terrorists. This may be a small step but then a larger strategy is required with a unified command structure to oversee every aspect of the operations right from deployment, discerning intelligence informations,planning and coordination,  immediate strengthening of the police structure with modern weaponary and armoured vehicles, including regular policing of the areas in the night to detect any suspected activities etc. Mere gathering informations would not do but sharing is important with coordinated effort to act fast before it is too late. Hereafter, the security may be made a centre subject instead of being a state subject, where the whole problem arose.

    Last but not the least, the role of the political leadership is very important. It should be such that neither it should address to appease a particular community  or spread hate among the different groups or communities to take political advantage of it. The recent campaign by MNS workers headed by infamous Raj Thackery has added fuel to the fire. But the same trio, Bal, Raj and Udhay Thackerys were seen nowhere when the carnage at its worst in Mumbai. Where were these guys and their workers, who attacked the Nonrth Indians at the drop of a hat recently. Why did not they come out and say that they did not need commando force from northern parts of India to fight the terrorists? This is political apathy that has taken a toll. When our own house is divided on regional bias, it would be very easy for an outsider to attack us. This is what exactly has happened in Mumbai. Atleast now onwards these divisive forces would learn a lesson and say India is one and Mumbai is for all and not to Marathi manoos alone. When responsibility is cast upon the politicians to put nation's interest before their personal interest, accountability would be in place. The people's power is supreme and hereafter every politician would fear the voters.

    Finally, the public has a duty cut out for them. Every citizen of this country should know his responsibility of keeping his street, mohallah, village, town and city free from any suspicious activities by forming a local vigilant committee and informing the police then and there. Here after India should prove to the world that it is not a soft state but a state with a steely will of its people to tackle any eventuality on our own. This stern message should go out to the people and others.

    It is enough of Pakistan. A firm but strong message has already gone to Pakistan that enough is enough, no time for rhetorics, its time to demonstrate through deeds. If Pakistan is serious in tackling the menace of terrorism jointly with India, it should listen to the popular demand from India. Demolish all training camps, arrest all jihadi elements including their ring leaders, who are roaming free there, hand over immediately, the notorious and kingpin of the terror Don Dawood Ibrahim, whose complicity in the attack is not ruled out and wipe out the remnants of the groups operating from Afgha-Pakisgtan borders which is the epi-centre of all terrorists activities.Till then there will be a question mark on their promises. As Gondalesa Rice, US Secretary of State had said, Pakistan should cooperate fully with India in the on-going investigation.

    As for the attitude of the politicians are concerned, more so of the State Chief Minister, Vilas Rao Deshmuk, was concerned it was pathetic. He was so casual to the entire carnage, he was touring the site of destruction along with his actor son Ritesh and his friend Ram Gopal Verma, Film Director, as if he was on a tourism package to see the relic. His body language, his face and his talk to the press, sometimes winking at them, all these go to show how insensitive he was to the mayhem that took away precious life and virtually destroyed India's jewel in the crown. It is time for him to go and he has already offered to resign. It is for Soniaji to hasten his exit and already Shinde who has been tipped to succeed should bring some sanity to the adminstration and the probelms of the city. In the meantime, as Mumbaikers showed the spirit, they are famous for, should maintain calm in this hour of crisis and leave the rest to the Govt of India to take care of the problem. They will get a chance to express their anger soon.

    Atleast from now onwards, the people who have reacted so sharply to the incident, that they took out a procession demanding a firm action on the security issue. The public anger, anguish and mood is one of anger not aimed at the terrorists but the politicians and those running the govt. Its not because of the incident but because of the failure of the administration to live upto the warning of such attacks, the callousness with which the intelligence informations were treated by the State police department and laxity shown by the Centre also . The state and centre subject issue proved costly to the people of the city. The result is history. It is now for people to choose the politicians who can free India from the menace. Please show your anger, participate in the voting in the next elections, and show the door to the insensitive and ineffective, incompetent politicians, who have ruined the state and the country. It is time for change.

    By A.M.Jamsheed Basha, Chennai,India -

  • Salaamun alaikum’

    I  believe that after reading the post by Mr. Suryavir Singh Bhist who is currently on staff list of hotel Oberoi Trident Mumbai, where he writes,  his eye witness account of mayhem and brutality inflicted upon innocents, people like Amir Moghul and Jamsheed Basha would show some decency and abstain from discreetly spitting venom, would also stop   their attempts to further divide humanity and work towards Qaumi etehaad and practice secularism as is the teachings of Islam. Or at least take their hate vending counter some place esle.

    I also agree in total with Mr. Aslam khan Barailvy where he is pointing out, at the very source of terrorism in Islam and the need to identify and eradicate such destructive elements by denouncing and amputating Wahabiat from Islam itself.

    Wahabiat aur dahshat gardi ek hee zahreeley pawdey ki do shaakhen hai aur jab tak Wahabiat panpegi tab tak dahshat gardi ko kaabu karna mushkil hai. Ye Ek mahez eitefaak nahi hai ki, abb tak jahan jahan bhi dahshat gardi samne aayee, ya fir dahshat gard pakde gaye wo saare ke saare Talibani soch ke Waahaabi hee hain, aur unme ek bhi Sunnat jaamat ya fir shia hazraat ka shaks nahi pakdaa gaya hai, To aayen aur ek zubaan ho ke, ek hauslaa hoke, Wahabiat ke asli chehre yaani dahshat gardi ki doctrine wale soch ke logon ko pahchaan ke unka social boycott karen aur Islaam ke daman ko paak karen. ameen summ aameen'  Aslam Khan Barailvi’


    By SAF RIZVI' -

  • I was unfortunate enough to be there...

    Adults shaking like leaves, middle aged men crying uncontrollably, old ladies with fractured feet in a wheelchair, shattered
    glass, bullet holes in toughened glass, upturned chairs, half eaten crossiants and coffee in tables, blood streak marks
    where bodies have been dragged, dripping blooddrop trails to corners where people have ran to but cornered and shot,
    cameramen totally uncaring greedy for sound bites, policemen with 'Lathis' hanging aroung looking so stupid, still bodies on carpets dressed in finery, expressions on faces of volunteers, air crew hostages being treated as second citizens (they pay a pittance to the hotels), deathly silent long corridors, staff union members lounging around in the lobby with nothing to do.

    GMs sleepless for 72 hrs still in th same clothes, hotel staff coming in as volunteers on their own just pitching in where ever they see, confused honchos of NSG, Army, Police and what not other Agency in dazzling uniforms but not having a clue whats going on, bullet marks on the floor ceiling walls, grenade sharpnel all around, rooms smoking charred and sooty.

    Names of people I know who are dead, names of people i dont know and are dead too, knowing that someone is spoke to at 8 PM is dead, calls from well wishers, calls from people who just wanna know, calls from people who wanna know cause they can say to others they know what going on, hostages clutching to their bags, hostages losing their passports, mothers holding their children to their bosom, streaky eyes while they answer insane questions first to the staff of the hotel then the same questions by the police then the same to their embassies , bullet proof vests, helmets, sniper rifles, hand guns, bandaged fingers still clutching pistols, feet crunching broken glass, Chinese and Japanese citizens barely knowing whats going on....


    Uh...well..I saw it all...


    By Suryavir Singh Bisht, Oberoi Hotel, Mumbai -

  • Janab Jamsed basha sb

    Apko ek hidayat dena chahta hun ki aap apne gusse pe kaabu karen aur buzurgon se kaise baat cheet karna hai uska khayaal rakhen Aslam sb ko aapne khuda jaisa kaha ki buzurg hain to Basha sahab aap apni tarbiyat ka namuna kyon de rahe hain aap ko aisaa kyon lagta hai saari duniya ghalat hai aurek aap hee sahi hain aisaa sochne wala insaan ghamandi aur bewakoof hota hai jo aap mujhe katayee nahi lagte to fir aise kyon pesh aa rahe hain gaali wahabiyon ko padd rahi hai to aap ko kyon buraa lag raha hai aur aap to khud kah chuke hain ki aap wahabi nahi hai behtar yahi hoga ki aap apni harkaton se baaz aayen aur taffarka faila ke Allah talah ki nazar me gunhagar na ho aur janab Aamir Mughal sahab se meri yahi guzarish hai ki aapki baaton se saaf zahir hai ki aaj apke mulk Pakistan ki aisee dardnaak halat kyon hai apna nazariya badlen aur Qaumi itehaad ke bare me sochen aur Insaaniyat ki daman kass ke pakkad len Allah subhan au talah sab dekhta hai sab janta hai Usse ke ghazab se daren aaplog.

    By Fakhre Alam Chennai -


    Jamshed Basha

    Puraani Kahawat Hai Bashaa Maluun  'Ke Kaane Ko Kaana Kaho Kaana Koch Jaye' Tu Wahabi Nahi To Waahabiyon Pe Merey Saath Mil Ke Laanat Bhej Na Fir?  Lanat Bhej Na Fir Un Aadhe Adhurey Musalmaano Pe Jo Aaj Islaam Ko Dahshat Gardi Ke Daldal Me Ghaseeth Rahe Hain Wo Terey Jaise Dhakke Chuppe Islam Ke Dushman Hee Hain Jo Aaj Dahsahat Gardi Ka Zaher Hamarey Nau Jawaano Me Bharr  Rahe Hain. Tere Gusse Se To Saaf Zahir Hai Ki Tu Kis Zaaat Ka Hai Teri Nasl Kya Hai, Doosron Ko Nasihat Detaaa Hai Ki Umr Ka Khaayaal Karo Aur Tu Khudd Apni Zabaan Dekh ? Terey Jaise Naasuur Jab Talkak Islaam Me Rahenge Islaam Ki Bakaa Hee Khatre Me Rahegi, Tu Yahan Sab Ko Angrezi Ya Urdu Sikhaane Aaya Hai, Tu Khudd To Apne Ustaad Saf Rizvi Ki Likhawat Ki Nakal Karta Hai Wahi Alfaaz Estemaal Karta Hai Jo Safrizvi Karta Hai, Fir Se Lanat Bhejta Hun Tere Wajud Pe Aur Tereey Aaakaaa Wahibyon Pe, Zakir Naik Pe, Aur Terey Saathi Dahshat Gardi Ko Hawaa Dene Waalon Pe. Tere Jaise Hee Namuraad Log Saare Fitna Fisaad Ki Jadd Hain. Basha Dekh Tere Baare Me Dusre Sites Pe Logon Ne Kya Likha Hai 

     "Tune sab ka jawab diya per mere sawaal ka jawaab nahi diya...tum cinema akele dekhta hai ya fir puri family ke saath?  badaa acha Mussalmaan hai bhai tu? aur tu kitna jhootha hai basha

    Tune  bachi  farheen ko ye likha "I think the young Syeda Fareen is sticking her out too much. There is clearly no corelation between her thoughts and her writings. She wanted to say something but ended messing up. I think she is too young to participate in such debates of elders. She is wrong I am not 60 but much younger. Any way age does not matter here but the contents. Somebody in her home must teach her some basic manners of how to address elders"


    By Aslam Khan Barailvi -

  • the likes of you and Aamir Moghul (who is essentially a Pakistani origin Wahabi the one who never fails to advertise his blog chugtaikhan bla bla) That Sunnis and Shias are two inseparable  arms of Islam Alhamdollillah’ and are also two blades of a scissor, who ever tries to come in between and divide the two, would be cut of from the Mainstream Islam and thereby,  SAF RIZVI'

    Dear and Respected Rizvi Sahab,

    There is no such thing call Shia or Sunni and both of these are far from United. Read why?

    1 - Sectarianism and Sects - I


    2 - Sectarianism and Sects - II


    3 - Sectarianism and Sects - III


    4 - Sectarianism and Sects - IV


    5 - Sectarianism and Sects - V


    6 - Sectarianism and Sects - VI


    7 - Sectarianism and Sects - VII


    8 - Sectarianism and Sects - VIII


    That Sunnis and Shias are two inseparable  arms of Islam [SAF RIZVI' ]


    Here lies the so-called Muslim Ummah! - 1


    Here lies the so-called Muslim Ummah! - 2


    Here lies the so-called Muslim Ummah! - 3


    That Sunnis and Shias are two inseparable  arms of Islam Alhamdollillah’ and are also two blades of a scissor, who ever tries to come in between and divide the two, would be cut of from the Mainstream Islam and thereby,  SAF RIZVI'


    Heresy, Apostasy & Misuse of Blasphemy Law - 1


    Heresy, Apostasy & Misuse of Blasphemy Law - 2


    Heresy, Apostasy & Misuse of Blasphemy Law - 3


    Heresy, Apostasy & Misuse of Blasphemy Law - 4


    Heresy, Apostasy & Misuse of Blasphemy Law - 5


    By Aamir Mughal -

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