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Assam blasts: Bangladeshi Jihadi-local muslim link

Posted by jagoindia on October 31, 2008

October 31,2008
Assam blast highlights Jihadi-local militant link
Guwahati: In one of the deadliest attacks in India this year, 13 powerful bombs exploded in busy Assam marketplaces over 75 minutes on Thursday, prompting investigators to unfold a worst-case scenario: Bangladeshi jihadis linking up with local militants.

Assam’s premier militant group, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), quickly issued an email statement denying it was responsible for today’s attacks across five towns, but it is a prime suspect given its violent history since the early 1990s.

However, intelligence officials said blasts of this intensity and precision appeared beyond the known capabilities of the ULFA and a first even in a region familiar with bombings and violence: At least 66 were dead and 400 injured by close of day.

In its execution, the modus operandi appeared to follow the serial-bombing pattern seen this year in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Delhi, which was attacked 47 days ago.

Terrorists triggered the blasts in India’s metros used cruder bombs with chemical fertilisers like ammonium nitrate. But Assam police suspect Thursday’s explosives were mostly high-grade explosives like RDX (Research and Development Explosive), available in India only with the army.

That indicated an “external link”, said officials in Delhi who stressed it was too early to reach a conclusion.

With 63 blasts in seven states over seven months, India’s ability to bounce back from repeated terror attacks is fraying, as was evident from the mobs that burnt fire-service and police vehicles and hurled stones at rescuers.

In a synchronised operation between 11 am and 12.15 pm, terrorists used timers to set off the 13 bombs strapped to cars, autorickshaws, motorcycles and bicycles.

Some victims were charred to death in their vehicles, and clouds of black smoke towered over Guwahati as the streets filled with the screams of the injured and the dying.  

Many of the dead were literally torn apart and vehicles in the target zone were turned to charred heaps of metal.

Identifying the bombers will be a particularly formidable task in diverse and divided Assam. With its Bodos, Bangladeshi immigrants, Indian plains’ migrants and tribals, the state is an anthropologist’s delight and administrator’s nightmare. Bodos and Muslims fought bloody battles this month.

“Such acts of terror are the result of the politics of hate that is being spread (in India),” said  Minister of State for Home Shakeel Ahmed.

Officials and politicians blamed either the ULFA or Bangladesh’s Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI), a group that draws inspiration from Osama bin Laden and has previously been suspected of violence in these parts.

“Unlike in the past, the intensity of the blasts was very high this time,” said Inspector General of Police (Special Branch) Khagen Sharma. “The needle of suspicion points to jehadi outfits.”

 “There are a lot of different reports and a lot of different theories,” said Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta, who moved from one meeting after another to discuss the situation in the state that is India’s window to the seven other northeastern states.

In Delhi, Leader of the Opposition L.K. Advani said the attacks “again highlight the issue of Bangladeshi illegal immigrants in the country”.
© Copyright 2008 HT Media Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Assam blasts: Guwahati was on jehadi priority list for long

Posted by jagoindia on October 31, 2008

Guwahati was on jehadi priority list for long: Police

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Fri, Oct 31 10:15 AM

As a series of explosions rocked Assam on Thursday, the Assam police pointed the finger of suspicion at jehadi groups, with Special Branch IGP Khagen Sharma saying there were intelligence reports that Guwahati always figured on the ‘priority list’ of these groups.

“Our main suspicion is on the jehadi elements. We do not have any definite and immediate clues about the involvement of HuJI, but you never know,” Sharma said.

He also did not rule out the involvement of local groups. “But the fact remains that the primary aim is to spread terror. That is why they have struck simultaneously and in different towns apart from the state capital,” Sharma said.

Last month, security forces had gunned down seven suspected jehadis in Dhurbi district close to the Indo-Bangla border. The Assam Police had stated that several small groups of jehadis had entered Assam from Bangladesh and Guwahati was one of the most important targets that they had apparently fixed.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who briefed the media later in the evening, did not have anything specific to say except denying that there was any intelligence failure in the state. “We had inputs about such blasts in Guwahati. But we did not anticipate such a serious attack,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi said the government had inputs about terrorists planning to attack Guwahati during Durga Puja and Diwali. “I am not pinpointing any group at the moment. A special task force is being constituted to go deep into the incident,” he said.

Guwahati’s first encounter with foreign terror operatives was almost a decade ago. The Assam Police arrested four Islamic terrorists in the heart of the state capital, two of whom were Pakistani nationals -Md Fasiullah Hussaini of Hyderabad (Sind) and Md Javed Waqar of Karachi-in August 1999. Both of them are top activists of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Nine years after they were arrested, all four were released by a sessions court here on June 11 due to lack of “solid evidence”. Billal Miyan, a Bangladeshi national arrested in West Bengal, was also released along with them.

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Serial blasts in Assam 71 killed, 470 injured, Bangladeshi Islamic terrorists (HUJI) suspected

Posted by jagoindia on October 31, 2008

61 killed, 470 injured in serial blasts in Assam

Guwahati, Oct 30 (PTI) At least 61 people were killed and about 470 injured in 13 near-simultaneous blasts in Guwahati and three other towns today in the deadliest attacks in Assam by suspected HuJI militants.
The first of the explosions went off at around 11.30 AM near the Ganeshguri flyover near the high-security capital complex housing the Assembly building, followed by explosions at Paltan Bazar and Fancy Bazar here.

Around the same time, bombs also went off in crowded market places of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts in lower Assam.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi put the toll at 61 dead and 470 injured. Of the six blasts in Guwahati, RDX was used in two of the explosions, he said adding a special task force has been set up to unearth the conspiracy behind the blasts.

Black smoke billowed from the Deputy Commissioner’s Office housing the district courts, which bore the brunt of the attacks in Guwahati, as vehicles, including a number of cars, turned into mangled heaps of metal.

Police suspected that the bomb was planted in the court complex on a two-wheeler.

At least 26 people were killed in the blasts in Guwahati where an indefinite curfew was clamped following protests by residents, who accused the police of delayed action, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah said.

While 21 were killed in Kokrajhar, 14 died in Barpeta Five people were injured in Bongaigaon, Principal Secretary (Home) Subhash Das told PTI. PTI
Assam blasts toll rises to 71, dozen suspects held
Friday, 31 October , 2008, 10:13 

Guwahati: The death toll in the serial bombings in Assam rose to 71 with seven more people succumbing to their injuries overnight, even as a dozen suspects were picked up for interrogation from various parts of the state, officials said on Friday.

“Seven more injured people died overnight in various hospitals across Assam taking the toll to 71,” an Assam government spokesman said.

Police meanwhile picked up about a dozen suspects for interrogation.

“We are making good headway in our investigations and should be able to zero in on the people or groups involved in the serial bombings,” said a senior Assam police official requesting anonymity.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil is scheduled to arrive in Guwahati later on Friday to take stock of the situation.

It was a black Thursday for Assam as the state was rocked by a wave of bombings – 12 blasts in quick succession – six in Guwahati, and six in the three western districts of Barpeta, Kokrajhar, and Bongaigaon.

Sixty-four were killed on Thursday in the bombings that also left more than 300 wounded, at least 70 of them critically.

“The injured are being treated at various hospitals and if required we shall shift some of the victims to Delhi or other places for advanced treatment,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

ULFA denies role in Assam blasts
While there was anger in the eyes of the people, police investigators were trying to piece together evidence from the blast sites.

“We cannot comment on anything now,” said a National Security Guards (NSG) detective in Guwahati.

A seven-member elite NSG team arrived on Thursday evening to help in the investigations.

“We are determined to fight back terror and ensure security to the people of Assam,” said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Govt suspects HuJI-Ulfa set off Assam blasts
31 Oct 2008, 0215 hrs IST, Prabin Kalita, Manas Paul & Nirmalya Banerjee, TNN
GUWAHATI/AGARTALA/KOLKATA: Thursday’s serial blasts in Assam have strengthened intelligence agencies’ suspicion that jihadis — especially  Harkat-ul-Jehadi-e-Islami (HuJI) — are increasingly using northeast-based terror outfits to carry out attacks in the region.

“We had information that HuJI-Bangladesh was using northeast underground bases in Bangladesh to trigger blasts. In Agartala, they used All Tripura Tiger Force and we have suspicion that in Assam they used Ulfa,” said an intelligence officer.

Assam police, too, aren’t naming Ulfa as the sole suspect, they eyes are on HuJI. The Assam government has reports about Ulfa and jihadi elements planning strikes, either jointly or independently, said CM Tarun Gogoi on Thursday.

According to a senior Army officer in Kolkata, the blasts could have been set off by HuJI-B with the help of Ulfa’s 709 Battalion, based in Lower Assam. Ulfa had been lying low for some time, but it has an axe to grind since two companies of its 28 Battalion based in Upper Assam decided to opt for talks with the government. “A major incident will help them establish Ulfa as still a potent force and unite its various divisions.”

Ulfa has denied its involvement in the blasts. “We have sympathies for the dead and the injured,” Ulfa ‘lieutenant’ Anjan Barthakur said in a statement in Guwahati, adding that it was the “handiwork of security forces to divert attention from the (alleged) rape at Rowta in Udalguri”.

Intelligence sources say Ulfa, KLO and ATTF — all are now based in Bangladesh — have been working as natural allies in their ‘fight against Indian authorities’. In late 2000, they started building relations with HuJI-B. Ulfa has developed contacts with some newly-formed Islamic fundamentalist outfits in Assam as well.

One of them, Muslim United Liberation Front of Asom, is used to smuggle arms from Bangladesh. There were also reports that HuJI-B had developed a nexus with Manipur outfits like PREPAK and were trying to develop contacts with PLA and UNLF also.

HuJI-B’s nexus with northeast rebels was forged at the instance of ISI which used its links in Bangladesh Rifles and Bangladeshi Army intelligence DGFI, said an official with a central intelligence agency. “HuJI-B had been using northeast as their corridor to other parts of the country. They have set up sleeper cells and modules in many areas, but to carry out field operations they take help from local terror outfits, which they got with support from ISI and DGFI,” he said.  End

Guwahati was on jehadi priority list for long: Police

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Fri, Oct 31 10:15 AM

As a series of explosions rocked Assam on Thursday, the Assam police pointed the finger of suspicion at jehadi groups, with Special Branch IGP Khagen Sharma saying there were intelligence reports that Guwahati always figured on the ‘priority list’ of these groups.

“Our main suspicion is on the jehadi elements. We do not have any definite and immediate clues about the involvement of HuJI, but you never know,” Sharma said.

He also did not rule out the involvement of local groups. “But the fact remains that the primary aim is to spread terror. That is why they have struck simultaneously and in different towns apart from the state capital,” Sharma said.

Last month, security forces had gunned down seven suspected jehadis in Dhurbi district close to the Indo-Bangla border. The Assam Police had stated that several small groups of jehadis had entered Assam from Bangladesh and Guwahati was one of the most important targets that they had apparently fixed.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who briefed the media later in the evening, did not have anything specific to say except denying that there was any intelligence failure in the state. “We had inputs about such blasts in Guwahati. But we did not anticipate such a serious attack,” Gogoi said.

Gogoi said the government had inputs about terrorists planning to attack Guwahati during Durga Puja and Diwali. “I am not pinpointing any group at the moment. A special task force is being constituted to go deep into the incident,” he said.

Guwahati’s first encounter with foreign terror operatives was almost a decade ago. The Assam Police arrested four Islamic terrorists in the heart of the state capital, two of whom were Pakistani nationals -Md Fasiullah Hussaini of Hyderabad (Sind) and Md Javed Waqar of Karachi-in August 1999. Both of them are top activists of the Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Nine years after they were arrested, all four were released by a sessions court here on June 11 due to lack of “solid evidence”. Billal Miyan, a Bangladeshi national arrested in West Bengal, was also released along with them. End

This may be unrelated, but it gives a clue to those involved in such atrocities.
Bomb found, 1 held at Tezpur
 TEZPUR, Oct 30 – Acting on a tip of Army personnel of 4 Corp here recovered a bomb from the residence of one Ajijur Rahman (26) of Goroimari–Salanibari area this afternoon. According to sources, the Army along with police personnel conducted a search operation at Rahman’s residence and recovered the bomb which was kept in a cow-shed. Meanwhile, police arrested the owner of the house Ajijur Rahman.

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I was a Muslim fanatic…I know their thinking, former radical Islamist

Posted by jagoindia on October 30, 2008

I was a fanatic…I know their thinking, says former radical Islamist


When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network – a series of British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology – I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

By blaming the Government for our actions, those who pushed this “Blair’s bombs” line did our propaganda work for us.

More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.

The attempts to cause mass destruction in London and Glasgow are so reminiscent of other recent British Islamic extremist plots that they are likely to have been carried out by my former peers.

And as with previous terror attacks, people are again saying that violence carried out by Muslims is all to do with foreign policy.
For example, on Saturday on Radio 4’s Today programme, the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: “What all our intelligence shows about the opinions of disaffected young Muslims is the main driving force is not Afghanistan, it is mainly Iraq.”

I left the British Jihadi Network in February 2006 because I realised that its members had simply become mindless killers. But if I were still fighting for their cause, I’d be laughing once again.

Mohammad Sidique Khan, the leader of the July 7 bombings, and I were both part of the network – I met him on two occasions.

And though many British extremists are angered by the deaths of fellow Muslim across the world, what drove me and many others to plot acts of extreme terror within Britain and abroad was a sense that we were fighting for the creation of a revolutionary worldwide Islamic state that would dispense Islamic justice.

If we were interested in justice, you may ask, how did this continuing violence come to be the means of promoting such a (flawed) Utopian goal?

How do Islamic radicals justify such terror in the name of their religion?

There isn’t enough room to outline everything here, but the foundation of extremist reasoning rests upon a model of the world in which you are either a believer or an infidel.

Formal Islamic theology, unlike Christian theology, does not allow for the separation of state and religion: they are considered to be one and the same.

For centuries, the reasoning of Islamic jurists has set down rules of interaction between Dar ul-Islam (the Land of Islam) and Dar ul-Kufr (the Land of Unbelief) to cover almost every matter of trade, peace and war.

But what radicals and extremists do is to take this two steps further.
Their first step has been to argue that, since there is no pure Islamic state, the whole world must be Dar ul-Kufr (The Land of Unbelief).

Step two: since Islam must declare war on unbelief, they have declared war upon the whole world.

Along with many of my former peers, I was taught by Pakistani and British radical preachers that this reclassification of the globe as a Land of War (Dar ul-Harb) allows any Muslim to destroy the sanctity of the five rights that every human is granted under Islam: life, wealth, land, mind and belief.

In Dar ul-Harb, anything goes, including the treachery and cowardice of attacking civilians.

The notion of a global battlefield has been a source of friction for Muslims living in Britain.

For decades, radicals have been exploiting the tensions between Islamic theology and the modern secular state – typically by starting debate with the question: “Are you British or Muslim?”

But the main reason why radicals have managed to increase their following is because most Muslim institutions in Britain just don’t want to talk about theology.

They refuse to broach the difficult and often complex truth that Islam can be interpreted as condoning violence against the unbeliever – and instead repeat the mantra that Islam is peace and hope that all of this debate will go away.

This has left the territory open for radicals to claim as their own. I should know because, as a former extremist recruiter, I repeatedly came across those who had tried to raise these issues with mosque authorities only to be banned from their grounds.

Every time this happened it felt like a moral and religious victory for us because it served as a recruiting sergeant for extremism.
Outside Britain, there are those who try to reverse this two-step revisionism.

A handful of scholars from the Middle East have tried to put radicalism back in the box by saying that the rules of war devised so long ago by Islamic jurists were always conceived with the existence of an Islamic state in mind, a state which would supposedly regulate jihad in a responsible Islamic fashion.

In other words, individual Muslims don’t have the authority to go around declaring global war in the name of Islam.

But there is a more fundamental reasoning that has struck me as a far more potent argument because it involves recognising the reality of the world: Muslims don’t actually live in the bipolar world of the Middle Ages any more.

The fact is that Muslims in Britain are citizens of this country. We are no longer migrants in a Land of Unbelief.
For my generation, we were born here, raised here, schooled here, we work here and we’ll stay here.

But more than that, on a historically unprecedented scale, Muslims in Britain have been allowed to assert their religious identity through clothing, the construction of mosques, the building of cemeteries and equal rights in law.

However, it isn’t enough for responsible Muslims to say that, because they feel at home in Britain, they can simply ignore those passages of the Koran which instruct on killing unbelievers.

Because so many in the Muslim community refuse to challenge centuries-old theological arguments, the tensions between Islamic theology and the modern world grow larger every day.

I believe that the issue of terrorism can be easily demystified if Muslims and non-Muslims start openly to discuss the ideas that fuel terrorism.

Crucially, the Muslim community in Britain must slap itself awake from its state of denial and realise there is no shame in admitting the extremism within our families, communities and worldwide co-religionists.

If our country is going to take on radicals and violent extremists, Muslim scholars must go back to the books and come forward with a refashioned set of rules and a revised understanding of the rights and responsibilities of Muslims whose homes and souls are firmly planted in what I’d like to term the Land of Co-existence.

And when this new theological territory is opened up, Western Muslims will be able to liberate themselves from defunct models of the world, rewrite the rules of interaction and perhaps we will discover that the concept of killing in the name of Islam is no more than an anachronism.

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In future, we will see more Indian faces of terror: Newton’s third law has started taking effect

Posted by jagoindia on October 30, 2008

The Rediff Interview/Terrorism expert Maloy Krishna Dhar
‘In future, we will see more Indian faces of terror’

October 29, 2008

With the arrest of a Sadhvi and her alleged accomplices for their alleged involvement in the Malegaon blast, the term Hindu terrorism has got new meaning.

Maloy Krishna Dhar, a former joint director of the Indian Intelligence Bureau, has studied terrorism in-depth for many years. He has written several books on Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence and Bangladesh sponsored terrorism. Dhar took time off to speak with’s Vicky Nanjappa about the new trends in terrorism and also about the spate of incidents that have rocked this country in the past couple of years.

What are your views on the eye for an eye attitude of some Hindu outfits?

Newton’s third law (for every action there will be an equal and opposite reaction) has started taking effect. We need to find out the extent to which the Hindu mind is being influenced especially when everyone is flashing what the minorities have had to say. Yes I would say that the mentality is growing and it sure is scary. I think it is time to look beyond the Bharatiya Janata Party and other saffron outfits and think of Hindus as a whole, and see up to what extent they are being influenced.

Sir do you endorse these views?

Definitely not. I have always been saying that people should have faith in the system and try and rectify problems in a democratic manner. I am trying to moderate the system. It is very important to have the Muslims with us. We need to moderate their views too.

What are your views on the Malegaon incident in which a Sadhvi was arrested?

No one is saying anything clearly. What is happening is that the Muslims allege that they are being maligned. Now parties which depend on the Muslim vote are finding it difficult to secure those votes. Another fact is that the BJP and its allies seem to be on a better footing to face the forthcoming elections. Hence it seems as though this is an attempt to reflect terror on the BJP. Let the noise regarding this case settle down and then the truth will come out.

There are allegations that former IB and military officials trained some Hindu activists to carry out blasts. What do you have to say about this?

This is blatant falsehood and bunkum. The IB has no expertise in bomb making. Some military personnel may have knowledge regarding this. But tell me is it necessary for someone to train when all the information is so easily available on the internet. These are just allegations which have not been proven.

You have written and spoken about the presence of ISI cells in India. Despite both the IB and the police claiming to be making inroads how is it that such cells continue to function and carry out blasts at will.

The ISI cells and its modules cannot be fully unearthed. There are several reasons for this. Whenever the IB or the police go for action, a hue and cry is raised by human rights groups and the so-called secularists. Political parties are weak and they end up falling back on the support of the minorities. Electoral considerations are another reason for not being able to unearth all the cells. In our country the police are under the ruling party and unless a free hand is given there is very little chance of making headway completely. Although the IB is an old and efficient organisation, their strength in terms of man power is not sufficient. We also need is an IB which will not go by the orders of the political parties.

What about the participation of the people while gathering intelligence?

Yes that is very important. Collaboration between the people and security agencies is required and this should include the Muslim community too. The Muslim community needs to know that being inspired by Pakistan is bad for them.

What are your views on the latest instances of terrorism and the birth of the Indian Mujahideen?

It is a new name that’s it. The Students Islamic Movement of India could not possibly function under its own name once it was banned and hence it became the Indian Mujahideen. Basically the IM has the people from the same resource pool.

What do you have to say about the new age terrorist who is educated and tech savvy?

As I said before, the IM has the people from the same resource pool of SIMI. SIMI always had a pool of educated people.

Do you think that the Mumbai and Gujarat police have cracked the entire IM module?

They are making headway for sure. But getting leads is one thing and connecting it is another. Once the leads are connected, one could say that they have succeeded completely. As of now what I see is just newspaper investigation and PR work by the police to show that they are doing some work.

There is a hue and cry about the Jamia Nagar encounter, but the Delhi  police maintain that this incident helped them crack the case. What are your views on the same?

Whenever such an act takes place there is bound to be a hue and cry. I would say that the operation is genuine but would also like to add that it should have been done in a better way. Encounter is a science and should be undertaken in such a manner that none can raise a finger.

We see that Jihad is becoming more home-bred. Why do you think this has happened?

It is not exactly correct to say this. It is only now that we are getting to see a more Indian face to this. It just shows that both Pakistan and Bangladesh have succeeded in creating modules in India. In the coming years we will get to see more Indian faces. The need of the hour is to eliminate these modules.

Terror has travelled south. Karnataka and Kerala have become hotbeds for recruitment and training. Did the IB see this coming?

I have shouted and screamed about this in the past. I had given a talk at the Indian Institute of Science two years back where I mentioned that several areas in both Karnataka and Kerala had several modules. But at that time no one believed me. However now everyone seems to be waking up to the problem.

Lastly please rate the states which have coped best with terror.

Well, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat have dealt best with the problem. Kerala has just woken up, Tamil Nadu is yet to wake up, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh are waking up.

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Saudi Arabia police razes makeshift Hindu temple

Posted by jagoindia on October 29, 2008

Saudi Arabia police razes makeshift Hindu temple

Publication: Daily Times
Date: March 27, 2005

Saudi religious police have destroyed a clandestine makeshift Hindu temple in an old district of Riyadh and deported three worshippers found there, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, or the religious police, Thursday stumbled across a room converted into a temple while raiding a number of flats suspected of being used to manufacture alcohol and distribute pornographic videos, pan-Arab Al-Hayat said.

“They were surprised to find that one room had been converted into a Hindu temple,” it said.

A caretaker who was found in the worshipping area ignored the religious police orders to stop performing his religious rituals, the paper added. He was deported along with two other men who arrived on the scene to worship.

All forms of non-Muslim worship are banned in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, which is home to Islam’s holiest shrines.

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an advisory panel, last month urged the US government to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, as well as Vietnam and Eritrea, for violating religious rights.

Last year, the US State Department for the first time named ally Saudi Arabia, as well as Eritrea and Vietnam, “countries of particular concern” in its annual report on religious freedom. A list previously included China, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea and Sudan.

Saudi police have for the past couple of weeks been conducting a security operation in an old part of Riyadh inhabited by mainly Asian labour on suspicion that the area has turned into a haven for illicit trade of pornographic material and forgery of documents.

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Terrorist state of Pakistan on the brink of bankruptcy; IMF tells Pakistan to cut army

Posted by jagoindia on October 29, 2008

Pakistan using US aid for war against India: Obama

Pakistan’s government has misused billions of US aid dollars meant for anti- terror efforts, channelling the money to finance weapons against India. 

Pakistan’s government has misused billions of US aid dollars meant for anti-terror efforts, channelling the money to finance weapons against India, US officials say.
The claim, carried by the New York Times newspaper on Monday, has been denied by the Pakistani military.

Bush administration and military officials in Islamabad and Washington acknowledged that there were too few controls over the more than $5bn the US spent to bolster Pakistan’s military against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, telling the paper that the strategy had to be completely revamped.
The officials said they believed much of the American money was not making its way to frontline Pakistani units but being diverted to help finance weapons systems designed to counter India.
The military had also inflated claims for fuel, ammunition and other costs to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, officials said.
“I personally believe there is exaggeration and inflation,” said a senior American military official who reviewed the programme.  Link

IMF tells Pakistan to cut army

Bruce Loudon, South Asia correspondent | October 25, 2008
THE International Monetary Fund yesterday ordered Pakistan to cut military spending by almost a third as fears grew that the nuclear-armed nation’s economic crisis was now so bad that its role in the war against al-Qa’ida and the Taliban was imperilled.

The secret IMF demand – one of several measures that the bankrupt country is being asked to agree to for a bailout of its tanking economy – was disclosed as President Asif Ali Zardari prepared to go cap in hand to Saudi Arabia for help.

Also yesterday, it was announced that US General David Petraeus would travel to Islamabad next week for talks.

Amid reports that General Petraeus was planning the same strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan that he used in Iraq, it emerged that the boss of Islamabad’s spy agency, the ISI, General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, was in Washington to mend fences over his organisation’s double-dealing with the militants.

A senior military source in Islamabad told The Weekend Australian last night: “A cut to military spending of anything like that magnitude – even 10per cent, let alone the more than 30per cent that is being demanded – would rip the heart out of the army and its ability to operate effectively in a situation where it is in the front line of the battle against al-Qa’ida and the Taliban … If we go, al-Qa’ida wins. Is that what the IMF wants to see?”

The country is now rated as among the worst credit risks in the world, ahead of only the Indian Ocean Seychelles islands in the Standard & Poor’s index.

The military pay cut is just a part of IMF demands.

What was being sought in exchange for a bailout was effectively what had been termed “economic martial law”. Six IMF directors and two World Bank directors would oversee all preparations for the country’s budget, and would have direct intervention in the running of the State Bank of Pakistan.

IMF officials would also be imposed even at the provincial level to monitor tax collection.

The number of pensionable government jobs could be cut by almost half. After agreeing to the conditions, Pakistan would get $US9.6billion ($14.5billion) from the IMF over three years.

Last night, Mr Zardari asked where money given to Pakistan since September 11, including a handout of $US10billion from the US to be used in the war against terrorism, had gone.

“We could have averted the present difficult economic situation if tens of billions of dollars received in assistance and foreign remittances during the past several years after 9/11 had been wisely spent on infrastructure development instead of importing consumer goods,” he said.

He might have found his answer in newspaper reports yesterday that a cabinet reshuffle remained stalled as would-be ministers from rival coalition parties wrangled over who would get the most lucrative posts.

A leading Karachi banker warned “without external assistance, Pakistan doesn’t have the resources to meet its obligations,” and added: “Pakistan should seek the IMF’s assistance now instead of waiting for the eleventh hour. It is already 10:55.”

Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said the country was facing an economic crisis of a magnitude never seen before. “Unless we change, we are heading towards a disaster. The only way we can change is if we have an independent judiciary checking the abuse of power,” he said.
Pakistan halts building of army HQ as bankruptcy edges closer

Pakistan has been forced to halt the construction of lavish new military headquarters in Islamabad as the nuclear-armed nation desperately fights to stave off bankruptcy.

By Nell Raven in Islamabad, 29 Oct 2008

The move by General Ashfaq Kayani, the country’s army chief, was widely seen as a message to President Asif Ali Zardari, who faces calls to bring back millions of dollars that his family allegedly has in foreign bank accounts.

The military was due to complete its unpopular move from the garrison city of Rawalpindi to the capital Islamabad by 2012, at a cost of more than £475m.

“The army chief has taken this decision in view of the economic situation in the country,” chief Pakistani military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas said.

A military statement said that Gen Kayani, who took over from former President Pervez Musharraf as army chief last November, was “cognisant of the financial crunch being faced by Pakistan”.

The new headquarters complex had prompted complaints from ordinary Pakistanis because of its huge cost, its site on a chunk of prime real estate and the likelihood that it would be targeted by militant attacks.

Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led “war on terror”, is in talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure up to £3.2bn and has discussed with the United States a loan of £10bn to avoid defaulting on its foreign debts.

It has also been hit by skyrocketing inflation, while the stock market and the Pakistani rupee have both collapsed since the start of the year.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on a visit to Islamabad that Pakistan must secure IMF funding within six days to avoid a financial crisis.

The economic troubles have piled pressure on the government of Mr. Zardari, the widower of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, who also faces a surge in violence by Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants near the Afghan border.

Gen Kayani’s attempt to show that the powerful military feels the pain of Pakistan’s 170 million people follows calls by opposition leaders for Mr Zardari and other politicians to bring foreign currency deposits back home.

Unlike previous army chiefs, who have ruled Pakistan for more than half its existence, Gen. Kayani has publicly kept out of politics but still wields a powerful behind-the-scenes influence.
IMF ‘has six days to save Pakistan’
By Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad and Chris Bryant in Berlin

Published: October 28 2008

The International Monetary Fund has less than a week to prevent a full-blown financial crisis in Pakistan, Germany’s foreign minister warned on Tuesday, as Islamabad said it was nearing agreement with the fund over a bail-out package.

Speaking in the Pakistani capital, Frank-Walter Steinmeier called on the IMF to save the nuclear-armed country from an escalating financial crisis by extending an “appropriate loan”.

I hope the decision will be taken soon. It won’t help to have it in six months, or six weeks. Rather, we need it in the coming six days,” he said after meeting Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, foreign minister.

Germany, which has troops on the ground in neighbouring Afghanistan, shares the concerns of many western governments that a growing balance of payments crisis will destabilise security in Pakistan whose people are angry about the rising cost of food and energy.

Shortly after Mr Steinmeier’s remarks, a Pakistani official said negotiations with the IMF were “in the final stages” and that the government expected agreement on a letter of intent with the fund “within one or two days”.

An IMF programme is expected to last until June 2010 and could be worth up to $15bn, officials said.

An official said that a letter of intent would be followed by a formal request to the IMF’s board for funding, with an agreement likely by mid-November.

Moody’s, the ratings agency, downgraded Pakistani government bonds from “B-2” to “B-3” and signalled that it could cut its rating further, citing the failure of Pakistan to secure other lines of funding.

Mr Steinmeier pledged to support the country in its negotiations with the IMF and promised to increase German development assistance. He departed immediately for the Middle East where he is expected to urge Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to increase their support for Pakistan ahead of a donor conference in mid-November.

Pakistan needs $4bn-$5bn for the financial year to June 2009 to meet debt payments and other liabilities, according to finance ministry officials in Islamabad.

An official at the central bank said the country’s foreign currency reserves stood at $4bn and were likely to run out by the end of November. “We have a very narrow space to put the country back on the rails,” he said. End

To be read together with:

“Pakistan using U.S. aid against India”

May 21, 2007

“Pakistan using U.S. aid against India”

Being taken for a ride by an “ally,” and financing yet another jihad. “‘Pak using US aid against India,'” from the Times of India, with thanks to Ranajit:

NEW YORK: Pakistan has received $1.8 billion as security assistance from the US for the war against terrorism, but the weapons financed under it are “more useful in countering India” than fighting Al Qaida and Taliban, according to a study.In addition, Pakistan has got $5.6 billion from Washington over the last five years as reimbursements for fighting Taliban and Al Qaida, the New York Times reported on Sunday quoting a research by the US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Here is the New York Times story in question: “U.S. Pays Pakistan to Fight Terror, but Patrols Ebb,” by David E. Sanger and David Rohde:

WASHINGTON, May 19 — The United States is continuing to make large payments of roughly $1 billion a year to Pakistan for what it calls reimbursements to the country’s military for conducting counterterrorism efforts along the border with Afghanistan, even though Pakistan’s president decided eight months ago to slash patrols through the area where Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters are most active.The monthly payments, called coalition support funds, are not widely advertised. Buried in public budget numbers, the payments are intended to reimburse Pakistan’s military for the cost of the operations. So far, Pakistan has received more than $5.6 billion under the program over five years, more than half of the total aid the United States has sent to the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, not counting covert funds.

Some American military officials in the region have recommended that the money be tied to Pakistan’s performance in pursuing Al Qaeda and keeping the Taliban from gaining a haven from which to attack the government of Afghanistan. American officials have been surprised by the speed at which both organizations have gained strength in the past year.

Good idea. Or cut it off altogether. But Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the national security adviser, says that’s not going to happen:

“I’m not aware of any serious discussion to cut off the funding,” Mr. Johndroe said. The payments are critical to bolstering the military, General Musharraf’s greatest source of support, particularly as he faces growing street protests over his removal of an independent-minded Supreme Court chief justice as the court was about to consider the legality of the president’s decision to hold the nation’s top military and political posts at the same time….A study of the roughly $10 billion sent to Pakistan by the United States since 2002, conducted by Craig Cohen and Derek Chollet of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, found that $5.6 billion in reimbursements was in addition to $1.8 billion for security assistance, which mostly finances large weapons systems.

But those weapons are more useful, the authors concluded, in countering India than in fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The United States has also provided about $1.6 billion for “budget support,” which Pakistan can use broadly, including for reducing debt….

Gen. James L. Jones, the former NATO supreme commander, said that when American or NATO forces saw Taliban fighters crossing the border and radioed nearby Pakistani posts, there sometimes was no answer. “Calls to apprehend or detain or restrict these ongoing movements, as agreed, were sometimes not answered,” General Jones said. “Sometimes radios were turned off.”…

Mr. Durrani, the ambassador, denied that Pakistani troops were failing to stop Taliban fighters at the border. He said the troops were carrying out joint operations with American forces based inside Afghanistan.

Two American analysts and one American soldier said Pakistani security forces had fired mortars shells and rocket-propelled grenades in direct support of Taliban ground attacks on Afghan Army posts. A copy of an American military report obtained by The New York Times described one of the attacks.

Durrani denies this also, of course.

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After fatwa on tomboys, Malaysia Muslim body targets yoga

Posted by jagoindia on October 29, 2008

After trousers, Malaysia Muslim body targets yoga
Wed Oct 29, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) – Not content with banning women from wearing trousers, Malaysia’s top Islamic council now wants a ban on yoga, according to a report on state news agency Bernama.

The National Fatwa Council’s Deputy Director-General Othman Mustapha told reporters after a seminar on Islamic jurisprudence on Thursday that the announcement would be made soon.

Professor Zakaria Stapa of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Islamic Studies Centre told the seminar on Wednesday that Muslims who had taken up yoga should stop practising as it could damage their faith, Bernama said.

Last week the Fatwa Council decreed that tomboyish behaviour by girls, including wearing trousers, was immoral as it may lead to the practise of lesbian sex.

Gay sex is prohibited in this country of 27 million people where over half of the population is Muslim.

Fatwa on yoga to be made known
By : Melissa Darlyne Chow

GEORGE TOWN: The National Fatwa Council will soon announce its stand on Muslims practising yoga, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia said.

Deputy director-general of operations Othman Mustapha, however, declined to reveal the details when approached after opening a seminar on “Fiqh and Sustainable Islamic Thinking” at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) here yesterday.

It is learnt that the matter had been discussed at the council’s meeting in Kota Baru recently.

Othman was asked to comment on a statement by Professor Zakaria Stapa of the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, who stated that yoga’s origins could be traced back to Hinduism.

On Tuesday, Zakaria called on Muslims not to take up yoga and asked those already doing so to stop practising its art of meditation. He said practising yoga could cause Muslims to deviate from the teachings of Islam.

“I do not understand why Muslims would want to practise yoga for the purpose of finding serenity when Islam, through its teachings, enables its followers to do just that.

“Muslims should just practise what Islam has taught them,” he said after giving a lecture entitled “False Islamic Teachings in Malaysia”.

Malaysia Muslim body issues fatwa against tomboys
Fri Oct 24, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) – Malaysia’s top Islamic council has decreed that tomboyish behavior and lesbian sex are forbidden in Islam, a newspaper said on Friday.

The National Fatwa Council issued the edict following what it said a spate of cases involving young women behaving like men and indulging in lesbian sex, the Malay language Berita Harian daily said.

“There are teenage girls who prefer the male lifestyle including dressing up in men’s clothes,” it quoted council chairman Abdul Shukor Husin as saying. “More worryingly, they have started to engage in sexual activities.”

He gave no other details.

Mainly Muslim Malaysia frowns on oral and gay sex, describing them as against the order of nature. Under the civil law, offenders — both males or females — can be jailed for up to 20 years, caned or fined.

Just over half of Malaysia’s 27 million people are Malay Muslims, practicing the moderate brand of Islam.

(Reporting by Jalil Hamid’ Editing by David Fox)

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300 Muslims from Kerala recuited for Islamic terrorism in Kashmir

Posted by jagoindia on October 28, 2008

Kerala had 300 terror recruits



Oct. 27: The special investigation team (SIT) of the Kerala police has found out that Faisal, 24, who was arrested the other day, had recruited over 300 youths from Kerala to Kashmir-based terror outfits.

These recruits had reportedly been trained secretly in Hyderabad before they were taken to Kashmir.

The police had arrested Faisal, a native of Thayyil in Kannur, last Thursday after getting information that he had recruited one Fayaz, 22, who had been gunned down in Kupwara on October 7.

Besides Fayaz, there were three other Keralites in the group of militants who were shot dead by the police in Kashmir. They have been identified as Rahim of Malappuram, Mohammed Yasin and Mohammed Faiz.

Faisal has been interrogated several times by the SIT and has reportedly revealed crucial details of the terror network in Kerala.

According to police sources, Faisal’s recruits were taken to Hyderabad where they were given physical training and ideological instruction.

Those unfit for “physical action” were deputed as propagandists to spread jihadist ideas among youth. Others were taken to Pakistan in batches.

The police has not been able to ferret out more details of the training though they suspect that the trainers were linked with the Lashkar-e-Tayabba. Most of the youths were recruited from Kannur and Malappuram in north Kerala and others from Ernakulam and Kollam in the south. The police is also getting details of youth who have gone missing in suspicious circumstances from these districts to find out if there were terror recruits among them.

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Pakistani 17 year old Muslim girl torn apart by ferocious dogs, shot to death in honor killing

Posted by jagoindia on October 28, 2008

Photos go here and here
Dogs kill ‘disloyal’ Pakistani girl
Amir Mir
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

PAKISTAN: In yet another barbaric incident of honour killing in the Khairpur district of the Sindh Province of Pakistan, a 17- year-old girl was avenged for a crime not committed by her. They made her run in front of hungry ferocious hounds, who eventually tore her apart.

Taslim Solangi was made subject to a horrific death for a property dispute between her family elders. As a settlement, a pack of dogs was set free after her.

According to the Khairpur police which has now moved to lodge a murder case against the accused, although she tried hard to run to save her life, the trained dogs kept mauling at her legs and finally when she fell down exhausted, the beasts tore apart her being.

A council of elders or the jirga had announced this punishment for Taslim after she was accused of having ‘illicit relations’ with one Abdul Qayyum of the same vicinity — Khairpur.

However, subsequent police investigations have revealed a whole new story. The police investigations show that Taslim was asked by her uncle to pressurise her father in handing over all his property to the uncle. Upon her refusal, her father was abducted and a false case of adultery was slathered on Taslim.

She was killed in the most heinous way possible in the presence of her father Gul Sher. Days after the killing, Abdul Qayyum, a wealthy fellow was forcefully made to confess to his having illicit relations with the young girl in front of the  jirga, only to justify the honour killing.

Although everyone in the Khairpura area, including the present chief minister of Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah and his daughter a sitting member of the National Assembly Nafeesa Shah, belong to the same constituency and know fully well that the dispute had nothing to do with a love affair but only with property, nothing had been done to protect either the girl or her family. The property now belongs to the killers and rest of Gul Sher’s family have disappeared but no action from the police or the authorities has been taken so far.
17-year-old Pakistani girl’s death prompts outcry
Associated Press Writer

Shakil Adil
A photo showing Pakistani woman Tasleem Solangi, killed back in March in a rural area of Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh, is held by her mother during a press conference in Karachi, Pakistan, Oct. 27, 2008. Police investigate allegations that a 17-year-old woman was mauled by dogs and shot to death while her father was forced to watch in the latest “honor killing” case to prompt outrage in Pakistan.A Pakistani man says his 17-year-old daughter was mauled by dogs and shot to death in front of him over a land dispute disguised as a so-called “honor killing.”

Female senators staged a walkout from the federal parliament Monday to press for action on better protections for women after a national newspaper published details of Tasleem Solangi’s death.

“How long will women be buried alive and made to face hungry dogs? Women are not given their rights,” opposition lawmaker Semi Siddiqui said.

Ibrahim Solangi, 28, has been in custody ever since Taslim’s death in March and is awaiting trial on murder charges, said Pir Mohammad Shah, the police chief of the Khairpur Mirs district in southern Pakistan. Taslim’s husband was also her first cousin.

Human rights groups say hundreds of women are killed by male relatives every year in Pakistan for alleged infidelity or other perceived slights to the family name, and activists say many more cases go unreported.

In August, a Pakistani lawmaker drew fierce criticism after describing a case in which five women were allegedly buried alive for trying to choose their husbands as the product of “centuries-old traditions” that he would defend.

As in that case, the allegations surrounding the death of Tasleem Solangi remain unproven.

Speaking to reporters in Karachi on Monday, Taslim’s father said he was locked up in his home and forced to watch from a window as dogs chased her and then mauled her when she fell down exhausted. She then was shot, he said.

Gulsher Solangi said the killing was the culmination of a land dispute. He said his nephew had beaten Taslim throughout the five months of their marriage to pressure him to hand over his small farm.

Faced with more threats, Gulsher Solangi said he had fled with his wife and another daughter and abandoned his home.

Zameer Hussain Solangi, the girl’s father-in-law, claimed Monday that his son confessed to the killing under police torture and that the allegation regarding the dogs was “baseless.”

He said a tribal council later declared the dead woman an adulterer and compensated the husband with her jewelry.

The girl’s father claimed that the tribal council, chaired by a local chieftain, declared his daughter an adulterer in May to mask the land-grab and the involvement of others.

Shah, the police chief, said he knew nothing of the alleged land-grab or the dogs and promised to investigate further.

Pakistan’s government, now led by the liberal party of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, has vowed to improve women’s rights in Pakistan. Former President Pervez Musharraf made similar moves, notably watering down rape laws that made it hard for victims to prove their case, despite opposition from hardline Islamic groups.
PAKISTAN: A girl is mauled by dogs and later killed on the pretext of an honour killing
October 26, 2008

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

PAKISTAN: A girl is mauled by dogs and later killed on the pretext of an honour killing

In May of this year a Jirga, an illegal tribal court, was held against a girl of 17 years in which she was declared as Kari (having had an illicit relationship with someone). This was done, according to the tribal traditions, to justify her earlier murder by members of her own family. The Jirga was held at Hajna Shah Goth, Ahmedpur, Pir jo Goth, Khairpur Mirs District under the chairmanship of Mr. Sain Allad Dad Solangi, the head of the Solangi tribe of Sindh province.

According to the information, received only recently, after a land dispute, Ms. Taslim Solangi, age 17, was pressured to ask her parents to hand over all their property, including six acres of cultivated land and cattle farms to her uncle. On her refusal the perpetrators abducted her father, Gul Sher and detained him at his younger brother’s house.

At the same location on March 7, 2008, Taslim was subjected to the cruellest possible ordeal. She was made to run before a pack of dogs that bit at her legs until, exhausted, she fell to the ground where they continued to maul her. She was subsequently shot by Zameer Solangi in the presence of her father in order to intimidate him. Also present were Mr. Karim Bux, who is also an uncle of the girl and a councillor in local bodies. It was due to the influence of these persons that the police took no action in the killing and land dispute. Later, in May Mr. Karim arranged a jirga in order to justify the killing and obtain impunity for all his brothers. The Jirga was conducted by Mr. Sain Allah Dad, a powerful land lord of the Pir Jo Goth. Furthermore, Mr. Abdul Qayum, a wealthy person of the area, was fined Rs. 400,000/= and threatened by the killers and the elders of the tribe to confess to the crime of having had an illicit relationship with Tasleem. He was threatened with death if he refused to do so.

In the absence of rule of law and a proper prosecution system the powerful people, who are at the same time representatives of people at different levels, are enjoying impunity and using their power against a very marginal section of the society. The family of Gul Sher has left their house and village and all his property is under the control of killers. However, as stated earlier, the police and people’s representatives have taken no action in their support. The powerful people know that police and law can be purchased at any price so they enjoy the weaknesses of authorities.

The Asian Human Rights Commission urges the government to have a proper investigation into the horrific murder of Ms. Tasleem Solangi on the pretext of honor killing. The dreadful death of this innocent girl was purely for the purpose of grabbing her father’s land. This is yet another example of the use of honour killings in order to settle personal disputes.

The writ of the provincial governments is looking very weak before the powerful and political personalities. The political expediency to get more support from usurpers has weakened the legal systems of the country. The government of Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Gillani should take immediate action in this case.

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