Islamic Terrorism in India

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Has terrorist Pakistan outwitted India?

Posted by jagoindia on January 11, 2009


By Madhur Singh/New Delhi,  Jan. 07, 2009
Despite its outrage over last November’s Mumbai terror attacks that originated in Pakistan, India has been restrained in its response. Fears that the fallout from the massacre could spark a military confrontation between the hostile, nuclear-armed neighbors proved unfounded, and even India’s diplomatic efforts to shame and pressure Pakistan to act against militants operating from its soil have been viewed in India as timid and incoherent. Six weeks after the attacks, the issue has been bumped off the global diplomatic agenda by the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation in Gaza, and India’s options are shrinking. In the eyes of many in India, who take a dim view of Islamabad’s handling of cross-border terrorism, the game is going in Pakistan’s favor.
Within days of the attack, on December 1, India served two demarches — diplo-speak for a formal request for another country to act — demanding that Pakistan hand over suspects wanted in connection with the Mumbai raid and other crimes in India, and also that the Pakistani authorities dismantle terrorist organizations operating from its soil. Yet it has not resorted to other common tactics of diplomatic pressure such as recalling its own High Commissioner to Islamabad, taking trade measures, denying over-flight rights and so on. “There are a host of economic, political and diplomatic options short of war,” says security analyst Brahma Chellaney, “The government of India did not use any of those, and now its options are dwindling and anything it does only brings diminishing returns.” (See pictures of the aftermath of the Mumbai attacks)
India initially proceeded with caution, aware that a confrontation with Pakistan would advance the agenda of the militants without necessarily achieving much progress in countering terrorism in the region. Nor could the U.S. be expected to support India in any escalation. But having achieved only limited cooperation from Pakistan, New Delhi appears to be making a belated effort to press for more: On Monday, India summoned the Pakistani High Commissioner to New Delhi and handed him a dossier containing what it says is compelling evidence that Pakistani “elements” were involved in the attacks. At the same time, Indian foreign ministry officials began briefing foreign diplomats on the contents of the dossier. But the new initiative appears unlikely to prompt any change of direction on Pakistan’s part. A day after receiving the dossier, said to contain transcripts of the interrogation of Kasab, as well as of cell phone conversations conducted by the attackers in the course of their massacre, and other data from their phones. Islamabad coolly dismissed its significance, saying it contained no credible evidence.
Pakistan’s rebuff left India reiterating, through Defence Minister A.K. Antony, that it was “examining all possible available options”. But many analysts believe that the window of opportunity for military action in response to Mumbai has long been closed, and that by issuing empty threats, India is simply reducing its own credibility. “The military option, if it had to be used, would’ve been used within the first week of the attacks,” says Dipankar Banerjee, director of the New Delhi-based Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, “But India decided — correctly — that that option would have been counter-productive.” Banerjee, like many other analysts, says a military offensive early on would have been difficult to back up as India had no actionable evidence of Pakistani involvement at that stage.
“Even the option of surgical strikes to take out cells is over-hyped — India has no such precise intelligence to strike at clear, specific targets,” Banerjee says, “And if there were any collateral damage, Pakistan would paint itself as the victim.”
India’s latest diplomatic gambit appears to be based on the expectation of support from the U.S., which had urged restraint in response to the Mumbai terror. Home Minister P. Chidambaram intends to visit Washington soon with a copy of the dossier of evidence. The U.S. has certainly been quietly pressing Pakistan, via a steady stream of envoys to Islamabad, to act against militants on its territory. “But no country will fight your battle for you,” says Professor of Strategic Studies at the New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research, “Just see the contrast between India’s response to Mumbai and Israel’s in Gaza.”
G. Parthasarathy, a former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, adds, “We must remember that the U.S. is itself heavily dependent on Pakistan for logistics in Afghanistan. And if India really has evidence to link the ISI [Pakistan’s military intelligence service] to the Mumbai attacks, the U.S. will not help us go down that path at all.” Parthasarathy, like many Indian security analysts, believes the U.S. continues to see the ISI and the Pakistani military as part of the solution rather than as part of the problem. The Lashkar-e-Toiba, the main jihadist outfit blamed by India for the Mumbai terror, was originally created with the help of the ISI to fight India in Kashmir, and many security experts believe it retains a degree of official patronage. Moreover, as the failed attempt by the current Pakistani government to bring the ISI under its control earlier this year demonstrated, the Pakistani intelligence agency remains virtually a law unto itself as long as the military holds a strong sway over the civilian government in Pakistan.
Many Indians had hoped the Mumbai attacks would have provided a tipping point in India’s — and the West’s — tolerance for Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. But until now, even India’s modest demands that suspects be extradited to India and terrorist infrastructure on Pakistani soil be dismantled might go unmet, despite the Pakistani authorities moves to close down some groups in response to a U.N. Security Council ruling. “Terrorist infrastructure will remain, there will be more attacks, history will keep repeating itself,” says Chellaney, “Soon we will return to the familiar cycle.”

3 Responses to “Has terrorist Pakistan outwitted India?”

  1. beena said

    India could have atleast imposed trade sanctions. Also we could have and still can stop all train and bus facilities to and from Pakistan. Apart from some airy talk and sound bytes which seem empty in substance, we seem helpless in dealing with them!

  2. surinder97 said

    1. Attriji

    According to the noted Islamic author, historian and scholar, MRA Baig, “Islam was devised a religion to end all religions”.

    This is what its followers are working on day and night, but we are not heeding to it and we are being mesmerized to ignore it, because SARVA DHARMA SAMBHVAY”.

    BKChaudhari

    2. My Take:
    Chaudhari Sahib:
    Thanks for your good question regarding Signor Baig’s observation.

    3. Quote: According to the noted Islamic author, historian and scholar, MRA Baig, “Islam was devised a religion to end all religions”.

    COMMENT: Signor Baig’s observation is free from error, but his diagnosis is equally applicable to Christianity.
    Both Islam & Christianity came to finish off all other religions. Hence, both Islam & Christianity are “ Replacement-Religions. “

    Staying with Islam alone, for simplicity sake, it is because of this menu item of Islam, that Moslems have massacred hundreds of millions of Non-Moslem Kafirs, through the 14 centuries of Islam’s existence. There has not been a religion on God’s earth which, has shed so much Kafir-Blood as Islam has. It is because of this blast of Islam that, Moslems are always at war with Non-Moslem Kafir religions of the world.
    Quran “ clearly “ states that, it is a mercy to kill a Kafir, and a surest way for a Moslem to go to Janat ( Moslem’s Paradise ), where 72 Houris are waiting to entertain him with the most fabulous-sex. Quran in one hand and sword ( or gun ) in the other, to kill & get killed, there is no other alternative for a Moslem.

    4. Quote: This is what its followers are working on day and night, but we are not heeding to it and we are being mesmerized to ignore it, because SARVA DHARMA SAMBHVAY”.

    COMMENT: Are we Hindus mesmerized ?
    We sure are, but with a different conundrum. Let us face it. We Hindus are Not angels. We are selfish, too damn selfish. We Hindus want to defend out Hinduism, but we do not want to pay the price of defending Hinduism. We want some one else to pay this price. In other words, we desire a Free-Lunch. But there is no free-lunch in life.

    The Hindu has brain-washed himself into an attitude of selfishness ( or blind-individualism, if you will ), he is grabbing this creature by any means whatsoever. Because the Hindu regards his welfare and the welfare of his family, at the top of his priority, and the welfare of his Hindu community as un-important, the Hindu community remains terribly disunited & dismally-weak. If I may put it in a quick-book format, this Hindu attitude is a complete package for Hindu disaster. As an outgrowth of this terrible-attitude, the Hindu lives under constant terror of Islam. That is about the size of how, life plays out for us Hindus.

    Surinder Paul Attri

  3. M.robinson said

    there are lies and there are damned lies. Islam came to the South asia via the sufi’s, as you can see I refer to the south asia and not India, India is the creation of us the British. The killings done in the name of religion or race have actually been carried out by us the Europeans christians, i.e North America(Indian tribes dessimated), South America(indigenous tribes enslaved and some annialated), Africa(recall Aparthied), Australia(Tasmanian aborigne genocide) and New Zealand(where the Moari are a minority in their own country). The muslims have fought for their freedom, have a longing for their own culture and religion, whereas every Indian I see wants to be more English than the English, maybe you should look deep into your own inferiority complex before attributing lies to others.

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