Pak is sheltering Terrorist.

26 12 2008

Pakistan is sheltering terrorism in its home and facing the wrath of that, even though they are not taking any action to curb it out and encouraging instead. If this goes on like this, Pakistan will be a chapter in History book known for its nasty things. Schoolchildren will be reading about Pakistan and it JIHAD.
Attacks on noncombatants for political ends has been prevalent in Pakistan since the 1980s and have reached very high levels in recent months. From the summer of 2007 to late 2008, more than 1,500 people were killed in suicide and other attacks on civilians. It has been attributed to lot of sources: sectarian violence – mainly between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has charged the Pakistani intelligence agencies with sheltering Taliban leader Muhammad Omar, also called Mullah Omar, in the Pakistani city of Quetta.

‘We have solid, clear information indicating that. And I am sorry I cannot be silent about this. As much as our friends in Pakistan may not like my saying this’, he told The New York Times in an interview.


Is terror or vendetta or a deadly combination of both?

15 12 2008


It was a sense of déjà vu for Delhites, but a horrendous one as five bombs ripped through busy shopping areas of India’s capital within minutes of each other, killing at least 30 people.

The modus operandi of most of the blasts — orchestrated in public spaces, especially market places — indicates that there is a covert plan to strike at the root of India’s economy.
The explosions, which also injured about 90 people, are not thought to have been very powerful but happened in crowded areas. Four unexploded bombs were also found and defused. 

More than 400 people have died since October 2005 in bomb attacks on Indian cities such as Ahmedabad and Bangalore. CNN-IBN, a TV news channel, said it had received an e-mail before the blasts from a group calling itself the “Indian Mujahideen”. “Do whatever you can. Stop us if you can,” the e-mail reportedly said. Now that is called `in your face’ terror!!

For at least an hour after the blasts, phone lines were jammed and traffic slowed to a crawl as people rushed home to safety. WhileTwo bombs were  planted in dustbins metres away from each other in the central shopping district of Connaught Place and police believe that at least three other devices were planted at busy markets in the Karol Bagh area, on the Barakhamba Road and in the Greater Kailash area.

Although this is not the first time that Delhi has been targeted by Islamic terrorist organizations during the festive season (on Oct. 29, 2005, 68 shoppers were killed on pre-Diwali and pre-Id bombings in Delhi) the intensity and the meticulous precision with which the blasts were carried out perhaps proves one thing: that most major cities in India, even high security zones such as Delhi, are not safe from terror strikes.

These blasts Saturday’s serial explosions in the national capital, Delhi and the subsequent developments are another reminder of the unpreparedness of the political class to tackle the menace of terrorism head-on. They are the fourth major terrorist strike in the country in the last six months, and come close on the heels of the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts.

 Perhaps it is time for the think tanks in the country to wake up and realize that the police force has to be made more efficient to tackle terrorism and insurgency in the country, and that it cannot be done with the army or paramilitary and at the cost of the human rights of ordinary and innocent residents of the country. But the question which needs to be answered is that whether it is terror or vendetta or a deadly combination of both? 

While  Delhi and Mumbai have been placed on high alert, there is still a palpable sense of panic in the capital.  A chronology of the bombings this year will reveal that the nature of most of the blasts was similar. The first occurred on May 13, in Jaipur, where almost 70 people died. On July 25, nine blasts in Bangalore, India’s IT city, killed 2 people and injured 20 others. On July 26 in Ahmedabad, 56 people were killed and 200 injured. For Delhi on Sept. 13, so far 21 people (15 men, 6 women) are officially confirmed as dead and 72 more are battling for their lives in the hospital. The group claiming responsibility, the Indian Mujahideen, is suspected to be an amalgamation of home-grown and Pakistan-based terror outfits that profess to seek revenge for the purported injustices and atrocities against the country’s Muslim minority. In addition to the Ahmedabad and Bangalore blasts, Indian Mujahideen has claimed to have been behind blasts in the northwestern city of Jaipur in May, as well as serial blasts the northern cities of Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow in November 2007. 

Sumi and Saurabh Verma

Terrorism in the World

10 12 2008

Mumbai bleeds again… 

Just a few days back, as Mumbai was combating its fiercest battle ever,  I was going through an article written by Suketu Mehta, celebrated author of `Maximum city: Bombay lost and found’ and his words `my city was attacked because it has wealth’ itched in my mind, perhaps forever. He has summed up the intention behind the mindless attacks very correctly. 

Can not forget another passing comment when I heard a colleague of mine saying `Mumbai was always referred as safest metropolitan in the country. `Nazar’ lag gayi is shehar ko..”, how true I thought once again. 

In the unique kind of terrorist attack that made Mumbai bleed and rest of the nation shudder in anguish and shock, what has been exposed is the fact that how vulnerable as a nation we are. Ten determined jihadist come armed with tons of sophisticated arms and ammunitions, get off shore at the most happening city in India, target most famous landmarks of commercial hub of the country and kill hundreds of unaware, innocent people in one of the cruelest attacks recorded in the history. Bravo… but how do we react in turn is that we send our trained guards to confront assailants and while they are fighting without caring for their lives our shameless politicians and policy makers are busy playing dirtiest of politics and their favorite-blame game. `Shame’, this is the word that would come in your mind when you think of the present status. 

Hotels Tajmahal Palace and Oberoi Trident, housing complex Nariman House, CST station and a taxi were badly hit by terrorists in a brutal series of attack killing hundreds and injuring even more number of people. But it were not only those who actually died faced the tragedy of death, as they say `death is not a tragedy for those who die, it’s a tragedy for those who are left behind and doomed to suffer.’  

While one can not stop shaking and marveling at the same time at the well executed, chilling and mind-numbing multiple attacks that were carried by Pakistan-based terrorists, even more painful feeling is the fact that it has ruthlessly exposed our vulnerability and lackluster policy or rather lack of it. 

In times when even biggest of disasters fail to move many as immunity to terror and tragedy is on an all time high, these kind of incidences make one sit back and wonder the basic philosophies of life- death can struck you even when you are dining with your wife in choicest of your restaurant or when you are waiting for a train to reach back home to your waiting kids.. Worse still this death is gifted to you by those animals who are doing it without any reason, just because innocent blood quenches their insatiable thirst. Maybe!  

But no Indian is ready to take this anymore I am sure neither is this soft stand going to work. Those in power should curse themselves when they see their bloody faces in mirror every morning because as it was rated – this attack was not intelligence failure. This was political failure and was caused because the spineless leaders sitting in parliament can not decide how to combat terrorism and tackle the situation.

If they can not take a tough stand this time, they have no right to be in chair. 

In the meantime, it will take a long time for the country in general and Mumbai in particular to get over the trauma. Even if the injuries go, scars will remain….

Saurabh and Sumi Verma

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