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– Pakistan Captain, Shahid Afridi, after his teams’ defeat at World Cup Cricket semifinals by India in 2011
November 26, 2010
This is indeed sad, to say the least.
I am not talking about just the memories of the Mumbai attack, the deaths of innocent bystanders in scores, the supreme sacrifices of our security forces – those were unforgettably painful and will hurt us for a long time, whenever they creep into our memories.
But what hurts us most is the repsonse of our leaders and our government.
After all the rantings, the vows of ‘no tolerance’ and ‘ promises for retaliations’ and ‘appropriate responses’; all they come up with, even are two years of the incidence, are laments that their ‘neighbour’ has not done its duty and beggings that Pakistan do some soul searching.
Clearly we have to sadly admit that despite all tall talks, our Indian government is at the mercy of the neighbour state (that it stupidly tries to cover up as ‘trust’) and has no clue as to how to reign Pakistan and its terrorists.
They have let down all expectations and pride of the Indian people.
Mumbai/New Delhi, Nov 26, PTI:
On the second anniversary of 26/11, India on Friday asked Pakistan to realise its ‘responsibility’ to punish those behind the dastardly terror attacks even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed to redouble efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice.
As the nation paid tributes to the 166 martyrs of Mumbai attacks, including 18 security personnel, India lamented that Pakistan had not punished the masterminds of the terror strike as it had promised.
“I sincerely hope that Pakistan will realise its responsibility as a nation, as a government and fulfil its promises to bring to justice those who perpetrated the attacks,” said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram after attending commemoration events.
Chidambaram and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan were among those who placed wreaths at the Police Gymkhana.
Recalling Pakistan’s assurances, he said it had promised to bring to justice the masterminds, the controllers and the handlers of the terror strike by arresting all the seven persons whose names were handed over by India to it.
He said Pakistan had not even handed over the voice samples of the handlers of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who struck in Mumbai on this day two years back.
‘Redouble our efforts’
In a statement issued in Delhi, the Prime Minister said: “We pledge to redouble our efforts to bring the perpetrators of this crime against humanity to justice. India will never succumb to the designs of our enemies.”
In Parliament, MPs paid tribute by observing a minute’s silence. Chidambaram said India has “learnt a lesson that while we will always trust our neighbour, we must always be on guard.”
He was speaking after handing over the CNG filling station dealership to the family of Tukaram Ombale, an unarmed Mumbai police constable, who was killed when he caught Kasab alive in suburban Borivali.
Lauding Ombale, he said: “If Kasab hadn’t been caught alive, there would be no conclusive link to Pakistan in 26/11 attacks.”
Defence Minister A K and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also echoed similar views saying the terror strike was “a grim reminder” of the volatile neighbourhood and expressed the nation’s resolve not to allow a repeat of the 26/11-type mayhem in the country.
“It (Mumbai terror strike) is a grim reminder of the volatile and perilous state of our neighbourhood and thereby, the need for constant vigil,” he said.
In Mumbai, the Maharashtra police took out a parade in south Mumbai beginning from the Oberoi Trident Hotel, one of the sites of the deadly strikes.
The parade displayed advance anti-terror combat vehicles and weapons procured by the state police following the terror attack.
A 1.3-km long banner, which read ‘The Great Wall of Mumbai’, was held by hundreds of students from Mumbai starting from hotel Trident.
February 1, 2010
Open letter to Mr. Shahrukh Khan
by Arindam Bandyopadhyay
Your name is a household phenomenon in Indian and even beyond her borders. Your fame has put you in the Newsweek “most powerful people list” recently. However, as you may recall from your recent experience in New Jersey Airport, real life is a little different – it does not always follow the path predicted by a scriptwriter or director.
Of late, we have been reading about your opinions and statements on matters beyond the celluloid world. Nothing is wrong in it. You live in a free, democratic country and are entirely entitled to your opinion. But as a common man, also from the same soil, I think I have the right too to raise a few points that may not conform to your views of the real world.
I hope you will read it out.
When recently, the Pakistani players were not selected for the IPL, it was almost predictable that NDTV, the award-winning, mouthpiece of our Indian liberal media select you for your views and you certified that “It (Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We (India and Pakistan) are great neighbours. They are good neighbours.”
I have a few words to say about those statements.
One may recall your effort to clarify the Pakistani team captain, Shoaib Malik”s apology to the Muslims, living all over the world, for failing to win the final T20 match against India, likely much to the embarrassment of a lot of Indian Muslims, as expressed by Shamin Bano, mother of the man of the match, Irfan Pathan. What was more embarrassing was your effort to try to defend Shoaib in a subsequent interview, “I don”t think he meant to segregate Muslims and Christians and Hindus and say this was a match between Islam and Hinduism. I don”t think that…”
I doubt whether Shoaib talked to you personally about his thought process at that time. You did not really have to respond for somebody else but perhaps you could not resist the temptation to show your brotherhood and solidarity.
This reminds us again of Dr Ambedkar”s observation that, “The brotherhood of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of Muslims for Muslims only.
Partition of India was what Pakistan wanted and got. It was painful to millions but many more millions in present India have been spared. Since then Pakistan has offered us only hatred. It has imposed on us three major wars, the Kargil insurgency, the Kashmir conflict, the series of serial blasts, the routine violation of border ceasefires, attacks on the Parliament House and the recent Mumbai 26/11attack.
Did you have these in mind when you talked about them being good neighbours?
In another interview you had tried to explain the concept of Islamic Jihad. “I think one needs to understand the meaning of jihad .. I”ve understood the essence that jihad is not about killing other people; jihad is about killing the badness in you.”
May be you understand jihad better and deeper than the superficial meaning of what we, the rest of the mortal mankind, overburdened and terrorized by the inter-religious, intra-religious and sectarian violence that is plaguing the world in the name of Islam today, do. For we, the less educated, cannot really make a difference between Jihad and Qatl, between Jihad by heart / soul, Jihad by pen and Jihad by sword or between lesser and greater jihad.
We wonder, whatever its meaning may be, does it minimize the significance of the mindless killings that we see today in the name of Islam, across borders, all over the world? Does it change the nature of the killers whether you call them holy warriors, mujahidins, fedayeens or plane suicide bombers?
We agree with you that terrorism has no religion. But hopefully you will also agree with the people who perceive that most terrorist in the world today happen to believe in the scriptures of Islam. They actually believe that they themselves are the true Islamists.
The so called “moderate” Islamist, perhaps does not want to contradict them or may be does not dare to speak out against them. You have probably not forgotten the FIR against you for listing Prophet Mohammed as one of the most unimpressive personalities in history, the threats from which you had to skillfully wriggle out. Others who are not so fortunate, famous or flexible are suffering lifetime, as Tasleema Nasreen or Salman Rushdie would testify. For blasphemy in Islam is punishable with death, even for a believer.
Do I have to spell out the fate if it is a non-believer?
It is due to the inherent intolerance and exclusivity of Islam itself despite your effort to convince us that there is an Islam from Allah and very unfortunately, there is an Islam from the Mullahs
Here is an historical insight from writer Irfan Hussain, “The Muslim heroes who figure larger than life in our history books committed some dreadful crimes..all have blood-stained hands that the passage of years has not cleansed. Indeed, the presence of Muslim historians on their various campaigns has ensured that the memory of their deeds will live long after they were buried…Seen through Hindu eyes, the Muslim invasion of their homeland was an unmitigated disaster.”
So why should the “non-believers” care to accept them? Why should the majority of Indians like to welcome back such disasters again?
Since partition, India has come a long way in progress and development to her current status and is projected as an economic superpower in coming decades while Pakistan is perceived as a failed state on the verge of disintegration.
What does India have to gain by offering neighbourly friendship to such a hostile and failed state?
India has never been an invader and is not in conflict of any other Muslim country. None of the wars and conflicts with Pakistan was instigated by India. In the current geopolitical situation, one can argue for the Muslim world”s grudge and anger against Israel or the west and USA but one fail to fathom why India should also be at the receiving end and why Indians should be the second largest group of people to die from terrorists attacks. Indian majorities do not have anything to do with the Danish cartoon or the death of Saddam Hussain; so why should they suffer from Islamic havoc on those occasions.
In almost all occasions of terrorism, questions are raised about possible role of Pakistan, its terror bases and its terrorist organizations, as either directly or indirectly involved. Be it state sponsored (as recently admitted by President Zardari) or by non-state actors, Pakistan or Pakistani born are prime suspect in terrorist activities all over the world. ISI has been accused of playing a role in major terrorist attacks including 9/11 in the USA, terrorism in Kashmir, Mumbai Train Bombings, London Bombings, Indian Parliament Attack, Varanasi bombings, Hyderabad bombings, Mumbai terror attacks or the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul.
Do you believe these are marks of a good neighbour? Then what is the reason for your preaching of love towards Pakistan?
Perhaps, as you said, because it is your ancestor”s homeland, you have a soft feeling for Pakistan and cannot see the difference. On the eve of accepting an honorary doctorate from a British university, we heard you say, “I really believe we are the same ..when you come away from India or Pakistan you realize there is no Indian or Pakistani – we”re all together. We are – culturally, as human beings, as friends”
Which Pakistanis are you referring to?
The Pakistanis belonging to the land, admonished as the epicenter of global terrorism, not just by India or USA but even by its friendly allies like Iran or China.
Or is it the self-created, Talibanic Pakistan, who still imposes Jijya on the non believers or finds pleasure in blowing up girl”s schools.
Are you talking about its President class like the current Mr. Zardari, vowed to wage a 1,000-year war with India or the late Mrs. Bhutto who started Jihad in Kashmiri that lead to the exodus of Hindu minorities from the Muslim majority state of India, as refugees in their own country?
If your mind is concerned about the faceless mass of Pakistanis, does it also include the dwindling minorities?
Or are you just concerned about the celebrities and the social elites?
It is true SRK that we belong to the same human species but it is hard to stretch the similarities much further between “us” and “them”.
We from the same original land of Bharat but we want to keep her intact, they want to break it into thousand pieces.
Our ancestors happen to be the same. We acknowledge and adore the heritage but they abhor and decimate whoever is available in an attempt to wipe out the link.
We are culturally the same. We have created the culture over centuries what they dream to destroy in moments.
Ours is a 10,000 year old civilization, theirs is a 62 years old country undoing whole human civilization.
We extend our hands repeatedly to promote friendship and amity; they give us ISI, Lashkar, Harkat, Kashmir, Kargil and 26/11 in exchange.
Do you think that the Indians nationals who died in all the above wars, the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in cross-border ceasefire violations or the Indian civilians who are killed by the ISI trained Islamic terrorists and their affiliates, in all those serial blasts, all over the country, willfully sacrificed their lives as a friendly neighbourhood gesture?
Can you face the families of the victims of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or the martyrs of the Kargil war and try to explain to them that “They are good neighbours. Let us love each other.”
Can you explain why the two gunmen at Cama hospital, during the Mumbai carnage, asked the man who gave them water, what his religion was, and shot him dead when he said he was a Hindu?
If you cannot, then perhaps you understand why the majority of India does not consider Pakistan as a good neighbour to have.
Perhaps you believe that the peaceful religious co-existence that you created in your home (and we appreciate that) can be extended to the large world outside. As you rightly said, we Indians trust and do accept everybody but what you did fail to mention was that it is the Indic tradition, essentially coming out of its pre-Islamic Hindu ethos.
If you think otherwise, show us a single Islamic country where the non-believers enjoy the same equality as the believers. Since partition, the Hindus left over in Pakistan and Bangladesh has suffered terribly. Strictly Islamic countries, like Saudi Arabia, do not allow any other religions to exist. Hindus working in the Gulf countries are not allowed to practice their religion in public. Saudi Arabia insists that India sends only a Muslim ambassador. Hindu Muslim unity by and large has generally been a matter of Hindus trying to please or accommodate Muslims. One cannot forget when Vajpayee was extending his hand for peace Musharraf was planning the Kargil insurgency.
Let us remind you, your own statement “I am a Muslim in a country called India .We”ve never been made to feel this is a Hindu country.”
Can you find me a Hindu in Pakistan who can reciprocate that sentiment?
Some years ago, another Mr. Khan, first name Feroze, from your fraternity was banned from entering Pakistan for saying, “India is secular unlike Pakistan”.
That is the basic difference of the land of “Hindu” India from the Islamic “pure land” of Pakistan.
So please do not ask us to love Pakistan.
Please do not lump the people of India and Pakistan together. We Indians are proud to preserve our separate identity.
And please do not insult the land that gave you your life, name and fame, by claiming that her worst enemy, who wants to break her into 1000 pieces, is a great neighbour.
Otherwise it would be sad if somebody accuses you of putting your religion ahead of your country.
Please give it a thought.
January 24, 2010
It is so predictable!
When the Pakistani players were not slected for the IPL, what do NDTV do?
Predictably they pick up the chief celebrity of the ‘friends of Pakistan brigade’, Mr Shahrukh Khan and predictably he bats for his co-religionists across the border.
It was not really unexpected – he has done this before. In fact I was almost expecting that Mr Khan will give us a word of his wisdom on this issue. The Indian islamist, overt or crypto, and the pseudo-secularists cannot really tolerate any perceived wrong-doing to Pakistan or it’s celebrities.
And so it came, thanks to our liberal and elite media. Shahrukh Khan certifies that “It (Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We are great neighbours, They are good neighbours.”
Did he keep in mind the three major wars that Pakistan imposed on us, the Kargil insurgency, the routine violation of border ceasefires, the attack on the Parliament House, or even the recent Mumbai 26/11 attack, the vow of their president Zardari to wage a 1,000-year war with India and their soldiers, trained and dedicated to the idea of fighting “Hindu India” resentment over the idea of fighting Taliban and killing fellow muslims on their own soil?
If Pakistan is such a great neighbour, are all of these India’s fault?
Off course he has not failed to walk the favorite path of the media as it did after the Mumbai carnage, that is, to blame the ‘ghost politicians’ to divert people’s attention.
Are the Indians nationals who died in all the above wars, the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in cross-border ceasefire violations or the Indian civilians who are killed by the ISI trained islamic terrorists, in all those serial blasts, all over the country, mere politician’s imaginations?
Or is it you, Mr Khan who is playing the role of the politician now.
Why not face it? We know it is a strong temptation to place the brotherhood over and above nationhood and we sympathize with you.
Admit it. Don’t fake and don’t misguide the youth.
Sunday, January 24, 2010 23:01 IST
New Delhi: As a perceived snub to Pakistani players by the Indian Premier League spark a spat between the neighbouring countries, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, an IPL franchisee himself, believes they should have been picked.”I truly believe they (Pakistan players) should have been chosen,” Khan, co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR), said.
Khan however said that since “some issues” were involved the matter could have been handled by the IPL “respectfully”.
No Pakistani player was bought by the eight Indian clubs during an auction on Tuesday for the third edition of the glitzy IPL despite the Pakistan team being the reigning world champions in the Twenty20 format of the cricket tournament.
Rooting for the Pakistani players, Khan said they are the best T20 players in the world. “They are the champions, they are wonderful but somewhere down the line there is an issue and we can’t deny it,” he told NDTV.
Khan said it was humiliating to him as a KKR owner that no one bid for the Pakistani players despite them being put up for auction. “We are known to invite everyone. We should have. If there were any issues, they should have been put on board earlier. Everything can happen respectfully,” he said.
“Everyday we blame Pakistan, everyday Pakistan blames us. It is an issue,” Khan, who had five players from Pakistan playing for KKR in IPL’s first edition, said.
Khan felt that the youth should circumvent all that is said about India and Pakistan by the politicians and say, “It (Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We are great neighbours, They are good neighbours. Let us love each other.”
“Let me be honest. My family is from Pakistan, my father was born there and his family is from there,” he said.
September 14, 2009
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This is simply shocking.
We had the Maitree express linking Bangladesh and a Samjhauta express connecting Pakistan. We have millions of illegal immigrants and thousands of terrorist, sleeper or otherwise. Now India has proposed the “South Asian train”, seeking “approval” from Pakistan.
It has been ten months after the Mumbai 26/11 carnage. Not a single person has been penalized so far. The Kasab saga continues as a juicy Bollywood masaala movie and Pakistan continues to evade and snub at India’s accusations.
But the Indian government is least concerned of the sensitivities of its citizens.
The government of India fails to protest the plight of Hindus and Sikh in Pakistan and their systematic decimation that is currently going on. Thousands of Pak Hindus are being forced to flee to India. But the same Indian government does not even hesitate to shamelessly extend its friendship gestures to its enemies in newer forms every day. The Prime Minister of South Asia, Mr Manmohan Singh, after his recent blunder in Egypt, must be too eager to befriend Pakistan.
So now it will be free for all – a red carpet welcome for Dawood’s gang along with the LeT, JeM, HuJI and all their associates.
India will be “taken for a ride”, in the true sense, by the connection that is being planned between Dacca to Istanbul.
Welcome to the Khilafat movement of modern times. Welcome to “Mughal” -e-stan.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Railways Ministry has “technically approved” an Indian proposal to launch a South Asian train service linking Bangladesh, India and Pakistan and forwarded it to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Commerce for further evaluation.
The proposal was floated by the Indian Railways two weeks ago, the Dawn quoted officials as saying.
Experts had acknowledged the potential of the South Asian route and they see it as “more easy to operate,” the officials said. The three countries have broad gauge tracks and their operating systems are similar.
Officials of the Railways Ministry said experts had suggested that the Dhaka-Delhi-Lahore train service was “viable in all respects.” The service could be extended to Karachi or Islamabad if the need arose, they said.
“The initial trials would be container operations followed by passenger services,” said a report prepared by experts.
The Indian proposal came in the backdrop of reports that the Economic Cooperation Organisation planned to launch an Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul train service. — PTI
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August 30, 2009
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But isn’t Pakistan a victim of terror? Why, even the Prime Minister of South Asia said so.
Does the US really care against whom their missiles are used? That is their main “industry” and they have to sell it to somebody. Besides they ‘need’ Pakistan and its puppet government, the ISI and its machinary and personnel for their ‘frankenstein’ – the Talibans and the Al Qaedas. They need Afghanistan and its government too for the oil pipelines. What does it matter if some missiles are ‘misdirected’ to India? What if a ” few more thousand Indian lives” is the price for their misadventures.
By Eric Schmidt and David E. Sanger
WASHINGTON — The United States has accused Pakistan of illegally modifying American-made missiles to expand its capability to strike land targets, a potential threat to India, according to senior administration and Congressional officials.
The charge, which set off a new outbreak of tensions between the United States and Pakistan, was made in an unpublicized diplomatic protest in late June to Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and other top Pakistani officials.
The accusation comes at a particularly delicate time, when the administration is asking Congress to approve $7.5 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next five years, and when Washington is pressing a reluctant Pakistani military to focus its attentions on fighting the Taliban, rather than expanding its nuclear and conventional forces aimed at India.
While American officials say that the weapon in the latest dispute is a conventional one — based on the Harpoon antiship missiles that were sold to Pakistan by the Reagan administration as a defensive weapon in the cold war — the subtext of the argument is growing concern about the speed with which Pakistan is developing new generations of both conventional and nuclear weapons.
“There’s a concerted effort to get these guys to slow down,” one senior administration official said. “Their energies are misdirected.”
At issue is the detection by American intelligence agencies of a suspicious missile test on April 23 — a test never announced by the Pakistanis — that appeared to give the country a new offensive weapon.
American military and intelligence officials say they suspect that Pakistan has modified the Harpoon antiship missiles that the United States sold the country in the 1980s, a move that would be a violation of the Arms Control Export Act. Pakistan has denied the charge, saying it developed the missile itself. The United States has also accused Pakistan of modifying American-made P-3C aircraft for land-attack missions, another violation of United States law that the Obama administration has protested.
Whatever their origin, the missiles would be a significant new entry into Pakistan’s arsenal against India. They would enable Pakistan’s small navy to strike targets on land, complementing the sizable land-based missile arsenal that Pakistan has developed. That, in turn, would be likely to spur another round of an arms race with India that the United States has been trying, unsuccessfully, to halt. “The focus of our concern is that this is a potential unauthorized modification of a maritime antiship defensive capability to an offensive land-attack missile,” said another senior administration official, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter involves classified information.
“The potential for proliferation and end-use violations are things we watch very closely,” the official added. “When we have concerns, we act aggressively.”
A senior Pakistani official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity because the interchanges with Washington have been both delicate and highly classified, said the American accusation was “incorrect.” The official said that the missile tested was developed by Pakistan, just as it had modified North Korean designs to build a range of land-based missiles that could strike India. He said that Pakistan had taken the unusual step of agreeing to allow American officials to inspect the country’s Harpoon inventory to prove that it had not violated the law, a step that administration officials praised.
Some experts are also skeptical of the American claims. Robert Hewson, editor of Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons, a yearbook and Web-based data service, said the Harpoon missile did not have the necessary range for a land-attack missile, which would lend credibility to Pakistani claims that they are developing their own new missile. Moreover, he said, Pakistan already has more modern land-attack missiles that it developed itself or acquired from China.
“They’re beyond the need to reverse-engineer old U.S. kit,” Mr. Hewson said in a telephone interview. “They’re more sophisticated than that.” Mr. Hewson said the ship-to-shore missile that Pakistan was testing was part of a concerted effort to develop an array of conventional missiles that could be fired from the air, land or sea to address India’s much more formidable conventional missile arsenal.
The dispute highlights the level of mistrust that remains between the United States and a Pakistani military that American officials like to portray as an increasingly reliable partner in the effort to root out the forces of the Taliban and Al Qaeda on Pakistani territory. A central element of the American effort has been to get the military refocused on the internal threat facing the country, rather than on threat the country believes it still faces from India.
Pakistani officials have insisted that they are making that shift. But the evidence continues to point to heavy investments in both nuclear and conventional weapons that experts say have no utility in the battle against insurgents.
Over the years, the United States has provided a total of 165 Harpoon missiles to Pakistan, including 37 of the older-model weapons that were delivered from 1985 to 1988, said Charles Taylor, a spokesman for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The country’s nuclear arsenal is expanding faster than any other nation’s. In May, Pakistan conducted a test firing of its Babur medium-range cruise missile, a weapon that military experts say could potentially be tipped with a nuclear warhead. The test was conducted on May 6, during a visit to Washington by President Asif Ali Zardari, but was not made public by Pakistani officials until three days after the meetings had ended to avoid upsetting the talks. While it may be technically possible to arm the Harpoons with small nuclear weapons, outside experts say it would probably not be necessary.
Before lawmakers departed for their summer recess, administration officials briefed Congress on the protest to Pakistan. The dispute has the potential to delay or possibly even derail the legislation to provide Pakistan with $7.5 billion in civilian aid over five years; lawmakers are expected to vote on the aid package when they return from their recess next month.
The legislation is sponsored by Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, the top Democrat and Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Representative Howard L. Berman, a California Democrat who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congressional aides are now reconciling House and Senate versions of the legislation.
Frederick Jones, a spokesman for Mr. Kerry, declined to comment on the details of the dispute citing its classified nature but suggested that the pending multifaceted aid bill would clear Congress “in a few weeks” and would help cooperation between the two countries.
“There have been irritants in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship in the past and there will be in the future,” Mr. Jones said in a statement, noting that the pending legislation would provide President Obama “with new tools to address troubling behavior.”