They say those swanky new birds are well-deserved for Pakistan's co-operation in the Global Offense Against Terror (G.O.A.T.). Recently, a major suicidal terror plot to attack the rail tunnel in New York City has been prevented. Unsurprisingly, the Lebanese-born suspect upon interrogation spilled the beans that he was planning to travel to Pakistan for four months training thus reiterating the fact that it remains the epicenter of Islamist terror in the world. This is not the first time this has happened. Following the arrest of terrorist suspects in Toronto, Stewart Bell of Canada's National Post has an excellent report on the global role of Pakistani terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba.
We ourselves have covered the activities of Lashkar here and here. We had further showed that General Musharraf uses the myth of Islamist groups 'taking over' Pakistan to further consolidate his own power. The truth is that the terrorist groups continue to operate and serve as the epicenter of world-wide terrorism with the full support of General Musharraf, his military and the intelligence service ISI. In this post, we present further perfidies and double games played by the state claiming to be a frontlying allie in the fight against terror.
Recently we remembered the first anniversary of the London tube attacks. As the British still ponder on the reasons some of them dubious for the worst attack on their soil since the Blitz, one path shines like a beacon - that of Pakistan which yet again continuous to serve as a terrorist training ground. As this ABC report reveals, both the British-Pakistani suicide bombers Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammed Siddique Khan personally met with Al-Queda No.2 Ayman al-Zawahiri in the tribal areas after their arrival in Karachi sometime in January 2005..
This is again confirmed by this Times report on how the recently released propaganda video which are suspected to be made by an American Muslim convert Adam Gadahn (who calls himself "Azzam the American") currently in Pakistan. Now, experts 'ponder' as to "where the Pakistani jihadi community stops and Al-Qaeda starts". Well, we believe that both are one and the same. In fact, there is solid evidence that the Pakistani terrorist groups supported by its intelligence service and military is the chief enabler of terrorist activity around the world. Just see how the role of Pakistani military and its intelligence never stopped and is playing a key role in the resurgence of the Taliban.
In the recent weeks, the Taliban have intensified their attacks against civilians, Afghan and NATO troops making it the worst since the their ouster in 2001. There have been several testimonies of people on the ground that the Taliban have gained strength solely due to the support they are getting across the border in Pakistan. Christina Lamb writing for the Sunday Times asserts that the "Taliban have reorganized, possibly with the help of both the Pakistani military intelligence and Al-Qaeda, to use the sophisticated tactics I experienced first hand in Zumbelay".
Massoud Ansari writing in The Sunday Telegraph interviews Hafiz Ihsanullah - the right-hand man of Mullah Dadullah Akhund, the Taliban leader who has taken leadership role in the recent brutal attacks against Afghan and Coalition troops. A recent Newsweek report states that Mullah Dadullah Akhund was able to escape the American bombing campaign in 2001 by escaping to Pakistan. Ihsanullah is now leading an apparently untroubled life in Pakistan, beating the drum for new Taliban recruits, coordinating volunteers and supervising the flow of dead Taliban fighters as their bodies are returned for burial as heroes in their home villages. "Every time you bring one dead, you will find 20 more volunteers willing to join the fighting" he boasted to The Sunday Telegraph.
The British troops who have taken the 'leadership role' of the NATO troops after the gradual withdrawal of the Americans are increasingly coming under Taliban fire. Commenting on the deteriorating situation there, former commander 24th Infantry Division in the Gulf War and a high ranking official with the Clinton administration, Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey didn't mince words about Pakistan's links with Taliban: "Their base areas in Pakistan are secure. Pakistan is an active sanctuary for the Taliban ... Pakistani madrassas continue to get the very bright sons of the Afghan rural areas because of poverty and lack of a proper Afghan educational system." For further information, see this comprehensive report by Gen. McCaffrey on his recent trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Earlier in June, we saw the dramatic arrest of 17 suspects by the Royal Canadian Mountain Police on charges of terrorism in Toronto. They were suspected of stocking up to three tons of Ammonium Nitrate that can be used to bring down huge buildings and structures. From the list of 12 adults suspects are, several of them have Pakistani ties. Saad Khalid moved to Canada from Pakistan when he was 8. Jahmaal James, the 'friendly zealot' is an immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan. Further, Jahmaal James allegedly traveled to Pakistan at some point during the investigation. The Globe & Mail cited a copy of the prosecution report alleging the group's emir, or leader, was Fahim Ahmad, and that he was in touch with shadowy terrorist figures in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Britain. In addition, further trans-Atlantic connections were established by the arrest of Abed Khan, 21, a Bradford, England resident of Pakistani descent. In addition, Canadian troops too have experienced causalities in Afghanistan.
Recently, Shahawar Matin Siraj, a 22 year old Pakistani national pleaded guilty on charges of conspiring to blow up Herald Square.
Earlier, nine men with training links to Lashkar-e-Toiba were convicted in the Virginia 'paint ball' terror network. Then, Hamid Hayat, a Pakistan-born U.S. resident was convicted by a California jury on chargers of providing material support to terrorists, having attended jihadist camps in Pakistan. The Californian prosecutors rebuffed Pakistani government's denial of the existence of such camps by showing proof using satellite images. In another case, Syed Ahmed, a naturalized American citizen born in Pakistan has been charged with plotting against attacking U.S. installations including military bases and oil installations. Also note that per FBI, Syed Ahmed along with an alleged accomplice Ehsanul Islam Sadequee (arrested in Bangladesh) met with three of the Canadian suspects in 2005.
For a background, we refer to the excellent reports by Kaushik Kapisthalam on Australia being on the crosshairs of Lashkar. We ourselves noted the arrest of Lashkar suspects Down Under back in November last year. Pakistan also served as training ground when suspects belonging to the Jemaah Islamiyaah - an Islamist extremist group operating in South East Asia underwent training in Lashkar camps in Pakistan. This obviously concerns the Australians who lost lot of their citizens in the Bali terrorist bombings in 2002. They have realized the threat and we are now seeing hands of friendship being extended to India in a common fight against terror in these two excellent op-ed pieces in The Australian following the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
On the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, we have little more to say other than express our prayers and sympathies to the victims and their loved ones. In a sense of deja vu, all that has to be said has been said in the aftermath of earlier terrorist attacks. Now we are repeat of the fake outrages being expressed by a agenda-driven, 'secular' media (and their hypocritical international counterparts), the moral justification by the Candle Kissers, the usual ridiculous reactions and the same pusillanimous and clueless bunch of senile leaders in the face of an increasingly brutal and irreverent enemy. All this while the appeasement of terrorists from the 'secular' parties continues. The one-sided peace process will definitely continue despite statements to the contrary, albeit in the back channels encouraged by the treacherous cheer leaders till the public memory fades and the culprits manage to escape. Do not be fooled by them gentle reader.
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