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A profile of the top Islamic terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Note: This analysis appeared in The Hindu before the Delhi blasts took place.

The hunt for the Indian Mujahideen’s ‘al-Arbi’
Praveen Swami

A profile of the top bomb-maker Abdul Subhan Qureshi.

Less than forty eight hours before over thirty bombs tore Ahmedabad apart in July, Abdul Subhan Usman Qureshi caught an overnight train to Mumbai — and disappeared.

Police forces across India, backed by the Intelligence Bureau, have made the hunt for the short, thin built man who the Ahmedabad bombers knew by the code-name ‘Kasim’, their top priority.

Based on the interrogation of Shahbaz Husain, a Lucknow businessman alleged to have led the cell responsible for a string of urban bombings carried out by a Students Islamic Movement of India front organisation calling itself the Indian Mujahideen, investigators are now certain that Qureshi trained the bomb-makers who fabricated the bombs used in the terror offensive.

Qureshi, police believe, was also the “al-Arbi” who signed e-mail manifestos issued by the Indian Mujahideen after each bombing — a finding supported by forensic detectives, who have determined that the rounded-‘A’ which “al-Arabi” used to sign the documents matches the rendering of the same character in his personal correspondence.

Against the grain
The story of SIMI’s top bomb-maker sits ill with the narrative often used to explain why Islamist terrorism has grown in India.

Qureshi studied at a secular school, not a seminary. He, unlike many inner-city Muslims, enjoyed access to both education and economic opportunity. Most important, Qureshi’s political radicalisation seems not to have been connected to the win poles that marked the growth the jihad in India, the demolition of the Babri Masjid and the 2002 communal pogrom in Gujarat.

Like many first-generation working-class migrants to Mumbai, Qureshi’s parents—who hailed from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh—took education seriously.

Qureshi graduated from the Antonio DeSouza High School, a church-run institution which caters to children from all major religious communities in 1988, securing a more-than-reasonable secondary school certificate average of 76.6 per cent. Interestingly, Qureshi’s parents offered all their children access to educational opportunity — not just, as is common among religious conservatives, the boys. Qureshi’s sisters, Asma and Safia, have Masters of Arts degrees; none of his three brothers, who also well-educated, appear to have been drawn to SIMI or other Islamist groups.

In the autumn of 1992 — months before Mumbai was hit by a murderous Shiv Sena-led communal pogrom which followed the demolition of the Babri Masjid — Qureshi began studies at the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth in Navi Mumbai. Neither the communal pogrom, nor the serial bombings which followed them, appear to have directly touched Qureshi’s life. In 1995, he obtained a diploma in industrial electronics, and landed a part-time job at String Computers in Mazgaon. Later, in 1996, he went on to earn a specialised software maintenance qualification from the CMS Institute in Marol.

Armed with these qualifications, Qureshi had little difficulty finding work. He joined Radical Solutions, an independent computer firm operating out of the upmarket Fort area in south Mumbai in November, 1996, on a starting salary of Rs. 2,450 per month. By the accounts of his co-workers, Qureshi was an exceptional worker — an assessment that is borne out by his resume. Just three years into his professional life, Qureshi succeeded in quadrupling his pay. He handled several major independent projects, including an intranet implementation for Bharat Petro-Chemicals carried out by Wipro in 1999, and then landed a job with computer major Datamatics.

But then, Qureshi suddenly decided to leave in his job. In his March 26, 2001, letter, he offered the firm only “I wish to inform you,” the letter read, “that I have decided to devote one complete year to pursue religious and spiritual matters.”

Qureshi’s friends and family claim to have no knowledge of what led him to make the decision. His family claims not to have met since SIMI was proscribed later that year. This seems improbable: Qureshi’s youngest child, with his wife Aafia, is, after all, just two and a half years old.

A career in terror
Mumbai police investigators have begun to reconstruct Qureshi’s career in terror. No one is certain just how he was recruited, but by 1998, Qureshi appears to have been a committed SIMI activist. He was charged, that year, with defacing public property, by pasting SIMI posters. Later, he went on to edit one of SIMI’s house-magazines, Islamic Voice, from New Delhi.

Police sources told The Hindu that Qureshi participated in the October, 1999, SIMI conference in October, 1999. Sheikh Yasin, the head of the Palestinian Hamas and the Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islamic chief Qazi Husain Ahmad, were among those who delivered speeches, through telephone links. Seven-year-old Gulrez Siddiqui was reported to have been trotted out in front of the estimated 20,000-strong crowd to read out this couplet: “Islam ka ghazi, butshikan, Mera sher, Osama bin Laden” (Warrior for Islam, destroyer of idols / My lion, Osama bin Laden)”.

SIMI’s growing links with the global jihadist movement became increasingly clear in the months and years that followed. In January, 2000, for example, police in West Bengal arrested Chinese national Abdul Rahman just after he crossed the Bahirhat border with Bangaldesh. Investigators learned that Rahman, who had escaped from a prison in China’s Xinjiang region where he had been serving time for the murder of a police officer, had been brought to India to train Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives. His handlers Aziz-ul-Haq and Nazrul Islam were both SIMI members. Later, in May, 2001, eight SIMI members involved in an abortive plot to bomb the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s headquarters in Nagpur were found to have trained with the Hizb ul-Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir.

By the time of SIMI’s 1999 Aurangabad convention, which Qureshi is believed to have helped organise, many of the speeches delivered by delegates were frankly inflammatory. “Islam is our nation, not India,” thundered Mohammad Amir Shakeel Ahmad, one of over a dozen SIMI-linked Lashkar operatives arrested in 2005 for smuggling in military-grade explosives and assault rifles for a planned series of attacks in Gujarat. Among those listening to the speech was Mohammad Azam Ghauri, one of the co-founders of the Lashkar’s India operations. Ghauri, some SIMI members present in Aurangabad say, was offered SIMI’s leadership, but refused.

Qureshi was, investigators say, one of the principal organisers of SIMI’s last public conference in 2001. SIMI leaders told the estimated 25,000 followers who attended the conference that the time had come for Indian Muslims to launch an armed jihad which would have the establishment of a caliphate at its final aim.

In the wake of the attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in September, 2001, SIMI activists organised demonstrations attacking the United States of America for being an “enemy of Islam.” SIMI literature hailed Osama as a “true mujahid [Islamic warrior]” and celebrated the demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas by the Taliban. Muslims were exhorted to “trample the infidels.”

Finding Qureshi — as well as figures like Qayamuddin Kapadia, the missing Vadodara based computer-graphics artist who police believe led the SIMI cell which targeted Surat — could prove key to preventing the next big terror bombings. But the threat will not end with his arrest. Investigations of other SIMI-linked terror cells have thrown up evidence which suggests Qureshi trained several hundred recent recruits to the Islamist group’s terror cells, at camps held across India from 2007 onwards.

India, it seems probable, will be compelled to live with this threat for many years to come.

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Delhi blasts: Indian Mujahideen accomplishes Operation B-A-D

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Indian Mujahideen accomplishes Operation B-A-D
13 Sep, 2008, 2325 hrs IST, IANS

NEW DELHI: The Indian Mujahideen struck again on Saturday, this time in the national capital, accomplishing its ‘Operation BAD’ – which the intelligence community had deciphered as ‘Operation Bangalore-Ahmedabad-Delhi’.

After more than 20 blasts in Ahmedabad on the evening of July 26, killing 56 people, intelligence officials had intercepted a call made from the across the border claiming “Operation BAD is successful”.

At that time the intelligence officials and the Gujarat police had suspected the BAD stood for Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi – Bangalore, India’s IT hub, had suffered serial bombings only a day before the Ahmedabad bombings. One woman was killed in the July 25 terror attack.

Following the serial blasts in Delhi Saturday, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said he had “specifically informed” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of terrorists’ plans to target New Delhi though he did not have precise information on dates and places.

“Ten days ago, when I met the prime minister, the home minister (Shivraj Patil) and the National Security Adviser (M K Narayanan) in New Delhi, I had specifically informed them that the terrorists being interrogated by the Gujarat police had indicated Delhi was going to be their next target,’ Modi told reporters.

“The terrorists had said they were going to target Delhi in the near future, though we did not have specific dates or places,” he added. The Gujarat police, however, said they had no such specific information.

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Uttar Pradesh Muslim Islamofascists throw dirty water on Hindu devotees sparking violence

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Police station torched in Uttar Pradesh communal violence
From correspondents in Uttar Pradesh, India, 05:33 PM IST

Sep 12, A police station and a dozen vehicles were set ablaze by irate devotees returning from a religious gathering after dirty water was allegedly thrown on them by members of a minority community in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, the police said Friday.

‘The incident took place Thursday night in Jalalabad locality in Muzaffarnagar district,’ B.D. Daulson, district superintendent of police, told IANS by phone. Muzaffarnagar is about 450 km from here.

Members of the minority community allegedly threw murky water on the devotees, who were returning from a religious gathering organised at a temple, the police said.

Following this, the devotees began assaulting the minority community members, the police added.

‘Our intervention into the matter agitated the devotees, and led to arson,’ said Daulson.

The devotees set ablaze the police station, a police jeep and 12 motorcyles that were parked outside the police station, he added.

Four people have been arrested. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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YouTube ban to affect Islamic terrorism training videos

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

YouTube bans terrorism training videos
Sep 12, 2008 at 0911 hrs IST

Washington, September 12: You won’t find terrorist training videos on YouTube anymore.
Google’s popular video-sharing site now bans this footage that advertises terrorism or extremist causes. Backers of the change hope it will blunt al-Qaida’s strong media online campaign.

After pressure from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Internet search engine revised its community guidelines for posting videos on YouTube.

In addition to the ban on terror training videos, the new YouTube guidelines include bans on: videos that incite others to commit violent acts; videos on things like how to make bombs; and footage of sniper attacks.

The Internet has become a powerful tool for terrorism recruitment. What was once conducted at secret training camps in Afghanistan is now available to anyone, anywhere because of the Web. Chat rooms are potent recruitment tools, but counter terrorism officials have found terrorist-sponsored videos are also key parts of al-Qaida’s propaganda machine.

“It’s good news if there are less of these on the web,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said. “But many of these jihadist videos appear on different web sites around the world, and any time there is investigative or intelligence value we actively pursue it.”

There have been online terror-training videos ranging from how to slit a victim’s throat and how to make suicide vests to how to make explosives from homemade ingredients, said Bruce Hoffman, a counter terrorism expert and professor at Georgetown University.

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Islamofascist issues Fatwa against Salman Khan, family for celebrating Ganeshotsav

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

‘Fatwa’ against Salman Khan, family for celebrating Ganeshotsav
Fri, Sep 12 11:35 PM

Mumbai, Sep 12 (IANS) Veteran Bollywood scriptwriter Salim Khan, the father of actor Salman Khan, Friday questioned a fatwa, religious edict, against him by some Muslim organizations for celebrating Ganeshotsav at their home here.

“What is the locus standi of these people? Who are they to question people’s religious beliefs? Why don’t they issue such a ‘fatwa’ against terrorists and terrorism, which is un-Islamic? The clerics are talking nonsense,” he thundered before a television channel Friday evening.

Mufti Manjar Hassan Khan Ashrafi Misbahi, the chief of Darul-Uloom Hijaziya Chishti, Mumbai, issued the ‘fatwa’ urging a religious boycott of the entire Khan family on Wednesday.

Last week, the Khan family was in the limelight when all members along with friends and relations celebrated the Ganeshotsav festival at their home in Bandra, northwest Mumbai.

The Khans celebrate Ganeshotsav every year, but this time, the live telecast of the family performing ‘aarti’ (invocation) of Lord Ganesh has irked some community leaders. Later, the family took part in a ceremonial immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesh.

The social boycott call was issued in response to a demand by Abdul Rehman Anjaria, member of the Advisory Council, Jama Masjid, New Delhi.

Anjaria, who is also member All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), told IANS Friday evening that the ‘fatwa’ would be in force until Khan and his family atone for their actions of worshipping an idol of Lord Ganesh, which is not permitted in Islam.

Referring to Salim Khan’s outburst against the fatwa, Anjaria said they would call for certified tapes of his comments from the TV channel soon.

“Depending on what he has said, the community elders may go for stringent action against the Khans, including a social boycott,” Anjaria explained.

According to Anjaria, Maulana Abdus Salam Bin Qasmi, president, Jamiat-Ul-Ulema-Hind, Mumbai, and Maulana Nizamuddin Ashrafi, principal, Darul Uloom Ali Hassain Ali Sunnat, Mumbai, who is also a member of AIMPLB, have also supported the ‘fatwa’.

Despite repeated attempts by IANS, Salim and Salman Khan were not available for their comments in the matter.

Last year too Salman Khan had been issued a similar ‘fatwa’ by a Lucknow-based organization of Muslim clerics for joining the Ganeshotsav celebrations.

Justifying the decision to celebrate Ganeshotsav, Salim said his wife (Salman’s mother) is a Maharashtrian Hindu and “worshipping Lord Ganesh is in my blood”.

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Delhi blast islamic terror email threatens to “stop India’s heartbeat”

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Terror mail threatens to “stop India’s heartbeat”
Praveen Swami

Author believed to be top Students Islamic Movement of India bomb-maker Abdul Subhan Qureshi

–More terror attacks will follow, says the e-mail
–Bombings “a tribute to our brethren martyrs in Kashmir”

WHEN THE CAPITAL CAME TO A HALT: The blast site on Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place in New Delhi on Saturday. (Right) People help an injured woman after a blast. A boy considered a key witness to one of the bomb blasts in New Delhi being led away by the police. – PHOTOS: V.V. KRISHNAN, AP, AFP

NEW DELHI: In the fifth in a series of manifestos issued by the Indian Mujahideen since it began a series of nationwide urban bombings in 2007, the terrorist group has said Saturday’s serial bombings were intended to “stop the heart of India from beating.”

“We the Indian Mujahideen, ask Allah, the Almighty, to accept from us these nine explosions which were planned to be executed in the holy month of Ramadan,” states a 13-page manifesto and video slide-show e-mailed by the Indian Mujahideen to media in the midst of the bombings.

Charging Indians with harbouring “never ending hostile hatred in your hearts against Islam and its people,” the manifesto says that the bombings are intended to “prove to you the ability and potential of [the] Indian Mujahideen to assault any city of India at any time.” It promises that more terror attacks fill follow “to punish you even before your earlier wounds have healed.”

Much of the manifesto is devoted to holding out threats to the police and media. It states: “Be it the ATS [Anti-Terrorism Squad] of Maharashtra, the ATS and ACB of Gujarat, the OCTOPUS [Organisation for Countering Terrorists] of Andhra Pradesh, or be it a psychological propaganda war by the biased media, none shall be spared when it comes to vengeance – the Qisas.”

For the first time, the Indian Mujahideen makes reference to the conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. “The injustice and pain inflicted on Kashmiri Muslims during the Amarnath crisis has once again landed you in great trouble,” it warns.

Describing the Delhi bombings as “a tribute to all our brethren martyrs in Kashmir,” the Indian Mujahideen says, “We announce that from now on, Inshallah, the Muslims won’t cry alone, our women won’t be widowed alone, our children won’t balone [sic., be alone] and scores will be settled evenly.”

Interestingly, in an evident response to anti-jihadist clerics who have in recent months attacked the Indian Mujahideen, the e-mail lays claim to the legacy of famous regional jihadists. “We have carried out this attack in the memory of two most eminent Mujahids of India, Sayyed Ahmed, Shaheed and Shah Ismail, Shaheed (may Allah bestow His Mercy upon them), who had raised the glorious banner of Jihad against the disbelievers in this very city of Delhi.”

Sayyid Ahmad of Rai Bareilly and Shah Ismail died at Balakote, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, in May 1831, in what is present-day Pakistan-administered Kashmir, while waging an unsuccessful jihad against Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kingdom. Ahmad’s followers went on to set up the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadis — a neo-fundamentalist order that has drawn million of mainly-peaceful followers, but has also inspired south Asia’s largest terrorist group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Pakistan-based Lashkar units are thought to have trained several members of the proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India, from which the Indian Mujahideen has drawn its cadre.

Indian Mujahideen operatives had issued the first of five similar manifestos in November, 2007, minutes before the bombing of three trial court buildings in Uttar Pradesh.

Police in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan believe that this e-mail was drafted by Lucknow-based businessman Shahbaz Husain and cleric Abdul Bashir Qasmi, both of whom were arrested earlier this month. Both the address used to send the e-mail,, and the pseudonym used to sign ‘Guru al-Hindi’ bore interesting similarities with Husain’s personal e-mail address,

Sources involved in the investigation of the May serial bombings in Jaipur said they believe Husain, with some advice on theological issues from Qasmi, also drafted the e-mail issued by the Indian Mujahideen in the wake of the attacks. Like the court-complex e-mail, this document was also signed by ‘Guru al-Hindi’ and sent out from an e-mail address containing his name, guru_alhindi_jaipur@

Later Indian Mujahideen manifestos are believed to have authored by Abdul Subhan Qureshi — a Mumbai-based software engineer-turned top Students Islamic Movement of India bomb-maker who was profiled in The Hindu on Saturday.

Qureshi, police sources say, designed the graphics-rich Portable Document Format manifesto attached to an Indian Mujahideen e-mail issued by its most ambitious terror operation so far, the attacks on Surat and Ahmedabad in July. This third e-mail manifesto bore the signatures of both ‘al-Hindi’ and ‘al-Arbi’, or ‘the Arab,’ and was sent out from Forensic specialists have established that the handwriting used in the signature for ‘Arbi’ closely matches that of Qureshi.

Later, ‘al-Arbi’ sent out a fourth e-mail to decry the arrest of key suspects alleged to be involved in the Indian Mujahideen, including Qasmi. In this last e-mail, he promised to execute further attacks.

Saturday’s terror manifesto bears the signatures of both ‘al-Arbi’ and ‘al-Hindi,’ but the writing used for the second name is significantly different from that used in earlier Indian Mujahideen documents — a fact which could bear out police claims that the individual it refers to has been arrested.

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America As in Bangladesh, so in Georgia

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

As in Bangladesh, so in Georgia
Premen Addy, Sep 13, Daily Pioneer

Bangladesh 1971, Georgia 2008: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more they remain the same). The US postured that the territorial integrity of its clients — Yahya Khan’s Pakistan and Mikhail Saakashvili’s Georgia — had to be upheld, whatever their crimes and misdemeanours, with the contrived spectre of Moscow looming menacingly.

Pakistan, homeland for the sub-continent’s Muslims, was a dream that had given way to a deepening nightmare of ethnic strife. The seamless robe of Islamic unity was rend asunder by the forces of linguistic and cultural identity. The primordial hatred of ‘Hindu’ India — the Punjabi-dominated military’s traction to keep a disparate nation on course — was the irresistible force up against the immovable object of Bengali nationalism.

Pakistan’s military rulers were weaned on generous supplies of American arms. The country was a member of the US-led regional cold war alliances such as CENTO and SEATO, both of which were directed principally at the USSR, but were also levers against India’s will to pursue an independent foreign policy free of Washington’s and Moscow’s control.

So appalling were the Pakistan military’s massacres in East Pakistan (three million dead and 10 million displaced refugees in India) that US diplomats in Dhaka and New Delhi appealed to their superiors in Washington to take a principled moral stand. Mr Henry Kissinger, in his White House Years, told how the US Consul-General in Dhaka, Archer K Blood, was transferred on President Richard Nixon’s orders, while Kenneth Keating, the US Ambassador in India, was ridiculed for having been “taken over by the Indians.”

Anthony Mascarenhas, a Pakistani journalist at the time, fled to London with his family, having witnessed the horrors at first-hand. He relates the following scene in The Rape of Bangladesh. “Just before the curfew was sounded at 6 o’clock, I saw Sebastian and his three companions, all tied by a single rope, march down the street and into the compound of the Circuit House (in Dhaka). Minutes later I heard screams and the maddening sound of clubs beating flesh and bone. Then the screaming stopped, as though turned off with a switch. The silence, to my anguished ears, suddenly became the loudest sound in the world. It has echoed a million times and it still blows my mind.”

The Indo-Pakistani war that broke out on the night of December 3, 1971, began with a pre-emptive Pakistani bombing attack on selected Indian airfields, but ended a fortnight later in a comprehensive Indian victory. Nixon took a pro-Pakistan tilt throughout the conflict, during which he despatched an nuclear-armed unit of the US Seventh Fleet into the Bay of Bengal in a bid to intimidate India. Keeping her cool, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi played her Soviet strategic card with consummate skill and weathered the crisis. The hallowed construct of India-Pakistan strategic parity had been demolished.

The delusional Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto — like Mikhail Saakashvili, essentially a sheep in wolf’s clothing — issued a clarion call for a thousand-year Pakistani jihad against India, the ensuing war with India being his perceived tryst with destiny (he bore with good cheer the cross of a Napoleon complex). On the eve of its outbreak, one of his confidants in President Yahya Khan’s office informed him in a secret message: “Any day now you should become the Prime Minister to our great delight,” and that “once the back of Indian forces is broken in the East, Pakistan should occupy the whole of eastern India and make it a permanent part of East Pakistan… This will also provide a physical link with China. Kashmir should be taken at any price, even the Sikh Punjab and turned into Khalistan”. (Zulfi Bhutto: His Life and Times by Stanley Wolpert. The author was given access to the Bhutto archive by his widow Nusrat and daughter Benazir.)

Bhutto’s inimitable voice lent authenticity to the text: “Let us not forget the whole background and history of India compared to our own. In the remotest of our village the humblest of our people possess a self-confidence, a ready willingness to march forward into India — a spirit the equivalent of which cannot be found on the other side… Great and terrible scourges have come to India from this side… every invasion from this side has defeated India.”

Mr Kissinger, with Swiftian irony, no doubt, described Bhutto as a man with a world-class mind, while Oxford University, under the prompting of its chancellor Harold Macmillan, a former British Prime Minister, came perilously close to conferring an honorary doctorate on him in 1974. The human rights banalities of ministerial commerce remain a source of Orwellian wonder.

Washington invests in Mr Saakashvili’s Georgia what it has done many times over in Pakistan for the past 60 years. The confection of US realpolitik and criminality (the CIA destroyed Swiss records of Dr AQ Khan’s trafficking of nuclear weapons technology and was silently complicit in his clandestine proliferation activities) is destroying the latter and may well debilitate the former: The timeless tragedy of Hubris and Nemesis.

There are, of course, unique features to the Pakistan story. One recalls Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, an eminent Bangladeshi journalist, who left Dhaka for Kolkata to escape the maelstrom, speaking of his disappointment at discovering a lack of enthusiasm among many Indian Muslims for his country’s liberation struggle.

I was reminded of this after reading a recent attack on Mrs Indira Gandhi’s support for it by Islamist JS Bandookwala, a blunderbuss much given to the sport of shooting himself in the foot. He was simply following in the footsteps of Pakistani Marxist Eqbal Ahmed, who led a demonstration against the Concert for Bangladesh, organised by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, in New York to raise funds for the suffering Bengali masses.

Likewise, certain British broadsheets were none too pleased at the concert in Tskhinvali, in celebration of South Ossetian freedom. As galling for them was the sight of the world famous conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gerglev (a South Ossetian, as it happens), leading the St Petersburg’s Marinsky Orchestra, amid the waving of Russian flags, in a programme which included Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique symphony followed by Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony, written on Stalin’s orders to rouse the Soviet people against the Nazi invaders.

Tblisi, meanwhile, shook to the growl of US Vice-President Dick Cheney, while Tory leader David Cameron was out and about winning hearts and minds in Islamabad — human subtext to the divine comedy.

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Delhi blast victims: Is Manmohan Singh having sleepless nights?

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Let us go back to last year when Dr Haneef was detained as a suspected terrorist in Australia. Apparently our PM was having sleepless nights when he saw the distraught family of detained Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef pleading on TV”

Since the Muslim terrorists only targeted Hindus for the Delhi blasts (killing others including Muslims are only collateral damage and is acceptable if it is for a higher Muslim cause) are, we can be sure the PM will sleep like a baby, through the night. After all the mild Hindu victims of barbaric Islamic terrorism does not count much, either as a life or as a vote bank.
PM speaks to Brown; says he can’t sleep at night
6 Jul 2007, 0018 hrs IST,TNN

NEW DELHI: In the backdrop of a widening Indian involvement in the unfolding British terror plots, a visibly disturbed Manmohan Singh on Thursday said he had spoken to British PM Gordon Brown and assured him of all help in the probe.

The PM said he was distressed by the images of the family members of those implicated in the terror plots and their apparent helplessness. Talking to a group of women journalists here, Singh said he couldn’t sleep at night after he saw the distraught family of detained Indian doctor Mohammad Haneef pleading on TV.

The PM cautioned against fixing labels like Muslims and non-Muslims or labelling, for that matter, any community or country as terrorists as that would trigger “a new set of grievances.” “Terrorists belong to no religion of community,” he said. “If some Indians are terrorists that does not mean all Indians are terrorists. So let’s not target communities.” The PM added: “As a Sikh, I understand the trauma (of being labelled).”

The remarks also come in the wake of Britain undertaking a review of recruitment norms for highly-skilled immigrants, including doctors. “My concern is to make every effort not to create an environment that creates terrorists,” he added. “Terrorists could come from any community.”

Comments in Tribune India, July 12, 2007

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spent a sleepless night agonising over the plight of the parents of an alleged terrorist and acted as a spokesman for the plight of Pakistanis, even before full facts of what had transpired emerged. It would have been appropriate if he had manifested similar sorrow at the pain suffered by the victims of terrorist violence and the families of armed forces personnel killed in the line of duty, fighting terrorists. India can no longer afford the luxury of ignoring the possibility that its citizens will be influenced by pernicious propaganda, which leads to them becoming suicide bombers and indulging in acts of terrorism abroad.

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Delhi blasts: Indian Mujahideen’s email

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

Full text of Indian Mujahideen email before the Ahmedabad blasts is here and the original copy with graphics and Koranic verses is here. It is imperative for all to know their Islamic agenda.

There will be more bomb attacks, warns Indian Mujahideen
14 Sep, 2008, 0000 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: After claiming responsibility for the Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts, militant outfit Indian Mujahideen has now claimed that it is behind the series blasts in Delhi. A mere five minutes before the first blast in Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, the terror outfit sent an email to media houses, saying “Indian Mujahideen strikes back once more.”

“Within 5 minutes from now…this time with the Message of Death, dreadfully terrorising you for your sins,” the email said. “And thus our promise will be fulfilled. Inshallah,” it read. The outfit further challenged the police and security agencies to stop the serial blasts. “Do whatever you want and stop us if you can,” the mail said. The mail, which was sent from ‘Arbi Hindi’, from the e-mail ID of, also contained a video clip and an attached document, which the group claimed was evidence of its hand in the serial blasts. The clip showed a series of photographs of victims from previous blasts along with the caption “our jihad”.

The Indian Mujahideen, in an attached document running into 13 pages, said that it is solely responsible for the serial blasts. “The Indian Mujahideen — the homegrown jehadi militia of Islam — have once again attacked to make you face the disastrous consequences of the injustice and oppression inflicted upon the Muslims all over the country,” the attached document said.

The group claimed that the Delhi blasts were the direct result of the raids carried out before and after the Ahmedabad blasts on July 26. “This accurately planned deadly strike is just another reaction to all those pre-and post-26 July harassments imposed by your ATS and police on the innocent Muslims,” the Indian Mujahideen said.

The email refers to the Amarnath land issue and violence against Christians in Orissa.

The Babri Masjid demolition and the 2002 Gujarat riots are also cited in the attached document. The document attacks the Central government and the state governments of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The Rajasthan, Gujarat and Mumbai ATS, which are investigating blasts cases, also come under attack from the terror outfit.

The document ends with a taunt to security agencies, saying that the security agencies till now had been unable to trace the earlier two emails it had sent before the Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts. The terror outfit further warned of more attacks.

In a similar fashion, the Indian Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for the serial blasts in Jaipur and Ahmedabad by sending emails to media houses. The emails were posted from fictitious accounts.

In the Jaipur blasts, the little known terror outfit had sent an email to two media houses. The email, apart from explaining the motive behind the blast, also included video clips showing a bicycle that was packed with explosives. The group had claimed that the footage was taken before the serial blasts in which 63 people were killed. The group had also said in the email that the blasts were meant to destroy Jaipur’s tourist industry. The group had warned India against supporting the US on the international stage.

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SIMI’s ‘secular’ admirers (UPA, Sonia, Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad)

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2008

” Even now, Sonia has not uttered one word against SIMI. Does it mean that she admires it still?”

SIMI’s ‘secular’ admirers
S Gurumurthy, 20.8.2008

A few publicly known facts expose the state of the Indian debate on- Islamist terror. The Ahmedabad serial blasts of July 26 killed over 50 people and injured over 200. The serial blasts in Bangalore, a day before, did not yield the same rich harvest of blood. After the blasts, day after day, the Gujarat police kept uncovering and defusing dozens of live bombs in Surat that fortunately did not explode.

Even as the recovery of such bombs was being telecast live on all channels, on August 5, a court in Delhi annulled the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), faulting the UPA government for providing “no fresh evidence” to continue the ban.

How did the “seculars” react to the court lifting the ban on SIMI? Mulayam Singh and Lalu Yadav said that the ban was wrong in the first place! Congress party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said the order was “no setback.” He went one step further and said, “Wherever terrorist attacks have taken place in the recent past — Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat — it is the state governments that are investigating the matter. It is their responsibility to submit the evidence against SIMI to the Central Government,” almost implying that, as the state governments had not provided any, no evidence existed against SIMI. Other secular parties, the “seculars” in the NDA included, were careful not to fault the government for allowing SIMI to escape the charge of terror.

Stunned by the court’s view that “fresh evidence” of terror was necessary to keep the ban on, the state rushed to the Supreme Court and got the ban continued.

It was against the background of such prevarication on SIMI that the Gujarat police announced on August 16 that it had arrested 10 top SIMI officials and activists who had masterminded the Gujarat blasts; and also the blasts in Rajasthan and elsewhere. It also came out with an irrefutable story of how the terrorists conspired, how many of them and when and where, with identities, dates, sequences and locations.

When the secularists were handing out negative certificate of good conduct to SIMI, thanks to the court order, a study by the Institute of Conflict Management headed by KPS Gill, the terror of the Punjab terrorists, had already catalogued over 100 incidents from 2000 to July this year, that characterised SIMI as a terror outfit. Its cadre had been charged as motivators and perpetrators in major attacks from 2002 to 2008.

State governments, including Congress and communist governments and the UPA government at the Centre, had told courts and the Parliament at different times that SIMI was an anti-national, terrorist organisation; that it was linked to Lashker-e-Toiba and other Islamist terror outfits; that huge quantities of arms and ammunition including RDX were seized from their hideouts and cadres.

In February 2007, holding that the SIMI was secessionist, the Supreme Court said that it had not stopped its activities when its counsel pleaded that, after 2003, there was no evidence to link it to anti-national activities. Moreover, it is the secular Maharastra government’s police that alleged in a chargesheet that SIMI was linked to Pakistan!

And now a brief note on SIMI. It was founded in 1977 by Mohammad Ahmadullah Siddiqi, Professor of Journalism and Public Relations at Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois, but originally from Lucknow!

To make “the Holy Koran the governing text of human life, propagation of Islam, and jihad in the cause of Islam” were its founding goals.

Javed Anand, a secular icon, has this to say about SIMI: “True to its ideological mooring, in the ’80s, SIMI produced eyecatching stickers proclaiming “Secularism, no; Democracy, no; Nationalism, no; Polytheism, no; Only Islam.” But no one seemed unduly perturbed by this dangerous drift of a section of Indian Muslim youth spreading wings under the loving care of its patron, JeI (Jamait-e-Islami Hind). It was only in the late ’90s that the JeI officially snapped the umbilical cord that organically linked it to SIMI.” But Javed Anand wrote this not in the 1980s, not in the 1990s, not even till August 15, 2008, but only on August 16, after SIMI was seen as the culprit in the Gujarat blasts.

How did SIMI grow to these menacing proportions? The plain answer is that it was receiving open and clandestine political patronage from the seculars. The NDA government first banned SIMI in September 2001 and extended the ban in 2003,which continued till September 2005. The UPA government, which came to power in 2004, did not extend the ban when it expired in September 2005, helping to revive a disintegrating SIMI. This, according to Wikipedia, was the state of SIMI after the second ban: “It was unable to function in any manner because all its members were demoralised or had crossed the age of 30 years which automatically disentitled them to continue as a member of SIMI … and due to lack of offices and as all its accounts were frozen, some of the erstwhile members also had to fight criminal cases foisted against them by the state.”

But why did the UPA not continue the ban? Because Sonia Gandhi and her party opposed the first ban on SIMI in 2001. They were not only admirers of SIMI, but also its advocates – yes, really, advocates as Salman Khurshid, president of the Uttar Pradesh Congress committee, was the counsel defending SIMI in the high court and in the Supreme Court against the ban.

See how these secular admirers of SIMI defended a terror outfit that was anti-secular, anti-democracy, anti-India according to Javed Anand, when the NDA government first outlawed it in 2001. While speaking against the introduction of POTA in the special Parliament session in 2002 Sonia censured the government for banning the SIMI, which was not involved in terrorist activities!

Sirprakash Jaiswal, UPCC president in 2001, said the Vishwa Hindu Parishad was a greater threat to the nation than SIMI.”

The government of the same party had to re-impose ban in 2006 after its own Maharashtra government found SIMI involved in the Mumbai train blasts in 2006. Later, the very same Jaiswal, as junior minister for home affairs in this government told the Rajya Sabha on April 23, 2007 and the Lok Sabha earlier, that SIMI was linked to LeT and was anti-national and that huge caches of arms and ammunition were seized from its cadre! But this was after SIMI had grown to gigantic proportions and struck at India some 10 times between 2004 and 2008 before it struck again in Gujarat on August 26. Even now, Sonia has not uttered one word against SIMI. Does it mean that she admires it still? Or she is so saintly that, like one of the three noble monkeys of Mahatma Gandhi, she sees no evil whether it is SIMI or LTTE or Nalini or Afzal — the RSS and its allies being the only exceptions!

About the author: S Gurumurthy is a well-known commentator on political and economic issues.

Gurumurthy’s website is here

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