Daniel Pearl and the Mumbai Attackers

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Daniel Pearl and the Mumbai Attackers

By: Peter Chamberlin

Pakistan may be forced to divert troops toward the Indian border from the Afghanistan border, where Pakistan’s army has been helping prevent Osama bin Laden and other accused terrorists from fleeing.”

Military analysts believe there is a real threat that India could launch airstrikes in the Kashmir region to target the training bases of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Tuesday, Punjab police sought to arrest Mr. Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed at his home in Bahawalpur. The cleric was released from a prison in Indian-controlled Kashmir in December 1999 in an exchange for passengers by the hijackers of an Indian plane taken to Afghanistan.

The preceding quotes do not refer to today’s India/Pakistani crisis; they are quotes from the last three articles written by Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, before his horrific murder in Karachi in 2002.

The story he was investigating, which brought about his brutal decapitation, is the same international conspiracy that is being investigated today, in the Mumbai terror attacks.  Even the names of the suspects have remained the same– Lashkar-e-Taiba, Massod Azhar, Ibrahim Dawood.  The recent crackdown on the Kashmiri militant groups who were fingered in the Mumbai attacks, and the arrest of their leaders (Massod Azhar, a founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammad group and Zaki-ur-Rehmen Lakhvi, commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba) is the same illusory solution proffered by Pakistan in the previous eruption.

maulana_masood_azhar_200812Maulana Masood Azhar

hazif_mohammed_saeed_200812Hafiz Mohammed Saeed

Pakistan Moves Against Militants In An Attempt To Reduce Tensions,                                       Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2001

“ISLAMABAD, Pakistan –Pakistan is intensifying a crackdown on militant groups that operate in the disputed region of Kashmir as the country tries to avert armed conflict with India over a Dec. 13 attack on India’s parliament building in New Delhi.”

At the time of his kidnapping, Pearl served as the South Asia Bureau Chief of the Wall Street Journal, stationed in Mumbai, India.  He had been investigating the connections between the “shoe-bomber,” Richard C. Reid, and a Muslim “militant,” Sheik Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani.

gilaniSheikh Mubarak Ali Shah Gilani is spiritual leader of an obscure Muslim militant group named Jamaat ul-Fuqra (“The Impoverished”).

A story in the January 6 edition of The Boston Globe got Pearl on the case.                                                    Bomb Probe Eyes Pakistan Links Extremist May Have Influenced Reid

“He [Reed] is not a follower, and he is not known to any of the people within our system,’ Khalid Khawaja, a close friend of Gilani, said of Reid. ‘If there was anything like that, we would have known it…’

Over the years, Gilani has sent young men to wage jihad against Indian rule in Kashmir, against Russians in Chechnya, Serbs in Bosnia, and to fight Israelis. He set up training camps in Abbotabad, Pakistan, about a three-hour drive from the capital, and other parts of the country.”

In late September 2001, Daniel and his wife Pearl flew to Karachi.

In The Journalist and The Terrorist, Robert Anson traces Pearl’s last days in Karachi, and the many dead-ends he encountered, while trying to follow the shoe bomber story to the Kashmiri militant groups.  The trail led him to Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (the same extremist who was later named by Benazir Bhutto, in an interview with David Frost.   Ms. Bhutto revealed that Omar was one of the men who had tried to kill her the month before in the first assassination attempt.  At 6:13 into the interview she reveals:  “Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama bin Laden.”).                                                  

“Sheikh joined up with Aftab Ansari, an Indian-born gangster…With recruits picked up from other jihadi groups, Sheikh and Ansari, meanwhile, were mounting their first big operation, the October 1 suicide truck-bomb attack on the Kashmir assembly, which left 36 dead. On December 13 they struck again, with a shooting and grenade assault on the Parliament building in New Delhi. That incident – which India charged was staged at the direction of the ISI – claimed 14 lives and prompted India to mass half a million troops on the Pakistan border.”

Pearl was kidnapped while researching the nexus of militant Islam and the local mafia in Pakistan’s Frontier region, which led him to Kashmiri groups Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba and the primary suspect in the Parliament attack, notorious Mumbai crime boss, Dawood Ibrahim.

dawood_ibrahim_20081215Dawood Ibrahim

This is from India’s most wanted list:

“DAWOOD IBRAHIM KAKSAR: He is a key suspect in March 12, 1993, serial blasts in Bombay, India’s financial capital, after the demolition of a 16th century mosque by Hindu nationalists in the north Indian town of Ayodhya. He fled to Dubai and later shifted to Karachi.’

Here is more info on Dawood, and here.

Whatever angle Pearl was following that led him to Dawood, his interest in him intensified with his January 9, 2002 report on Taliban reliance on smuggling– Afghanistan provides valuable route for smugglers shipping goods to Pakistan.

“Smugglers have operated across the Afghan-Pakistani border since Pakistan became independent in 1947. In the 1980s, huge amounts of United States money flooded the region, as the Central Intelligence Agency used Pakistani proxies to fund the mujahedeen resistance to Afghanistan’s Soviet-backed government. Smuggling of electronics, tires, crockery and textiles gave some mujahedeen commanders a way to enrich themselves and keep supporters employed. For its part, “the government of Pakistan encouraged people to invest in this business.

Much of this trading relies on the illegal hawala currency-exchange system. (Hawala means “change” in Arabic.) Black-market consumer-electronics dealers in Pakistan say that after they place orders with traders in Dubai, they pay for the goods by giving Pakistani rupees to a hawala dealer in Peshawar. The hawala dealer telephones a counterpart in Dubai, who hands over United Arab Emirates dirhams to a consumer-electronics trader in Dubai. The hawala dealers settle their accounts later, splitting the commission.”

The Dubai smuggling angle is the connection with Dawood’s organization, which motivated Pearl to pursue the organized crime connection to CIA “Islamists,” probably the reason for his murder.

In this key article Pearl was one of the first researchers to uncover the                                                             CIA/al Qaida/drugs/criminals network which millions of people simply refer to today as “al Qaida.”  At the time of Pearl’s investigation, the US was beginning the war in Afghanistan and preparing to butcher Iraq.  He simply could not be allowed to expose the CIA’s hand in drugs, smuggling and state terrorism, but most importantly, he could not be allowed to reveal the American hand in creating the war of terror itself.  It is doubtful that Pearl could accept, or even comprehend the direction his investigation was taking him in.

The evidence trail that compelled Pearl to his death was influenced by information gleaned from two computers which had been purchased in Kabul by Moscow correspondent Alan Cullison.  These computer files allegedly originated in the bombed-out headquarters of bin Laden associate Mohammed Atef.

Pearl’s revelations, which cost him his life, are brought up to date in the recent reports of Wayne Madsen:

Dawood Ibrahim fits the billing for one of Cheney’s “unsavory” intelligence sources

Madsen claims that it was Dawood’s network that found Pearl’s killers.

“Ibrahim’s enterprises, called “D-Company,” ensured that U.S. supply ships in the Arabian Sea were protected from attack, that the U.S. embassy in Islamabad was not targeted for terrorist attack, arranged for reasonable port fees to be assessed for U.S. ships in Dubai in support of the Iraq war, that U.S. sailors and contractors in Dubai were protected, and that all the kickbacks for Cheney’s Halliburton and other U.S. contractors were properly laundered through Dubai banks. Ibrahim’s network also ensured that the land route from Karachi to Afghanistan allowed U.S., Indian, and other nations’ goods to move into the landlocked country unimpeded.

In return for Ibrahim’s assistance, the CIA looked the other way and made sure other U.S. agencies followed suit on D-Company’s involvement in currency and driver’s license counterfeiting, the heroin trade, counterfeit CDs, protection rackets, British and Pakistani-based cricket betting operations, extortion, hawala loans, Pakistani and Indian passport forgery, nuclear black marketing, murder-for-hire, and Moroccan hashish trafficking in a criminal network that stretches from Dubai and Sharjah to Lisbon, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Bangkok that employs thousands of people. It is estimated that Ibrahim controls a third of the tourism infrastructure in Kathmandu — hotels, guesthouses, casinos, restaurants, and travel agencies. In fact, the Kathmandu network of Ibrahim enabled many of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombing attackers to escape via Nepal back to Pakistan.”

Pearl’s killers, the attackers of Mumbai in 1993 and the attackers of the Parliament in 2001 all come from the same network of militants and underworld figures and their CIA/ISI handlers, just like today’s Mumbai attackers.  We are left to figure-out who has the most to gain from destabilizing India and Pakistan by provoking a military conflagration, or creating the impression that Pakistan might move its troops from the Frontier war against the fake “Taliban,” to a real war on its eastern front with India.  This one question tells us that the real master minds who have killed so many people in all of these false flag attacks have had very complex strategic geo-political intentions, definitely not just a “bunch of stirred-up Muslims.”

But we have the benefit of hindsight today and many years of exhaustive research into the CIA/al Qaida/drugs/criminals network that has killed thousands of people over the last eight years.  The leads that Pearl was killed for can no longer be silenced by assassins’ hands, there are just too many of us who understand the ugly truth today.

Pakistan and India have to step back from the brink of war and face the facts about the American hand in their troubles, specifically the official secret US policy of using rogue elements in national militaries and intelligence agencies, to hire criminals and terrorist mercenaries to stage “false flag” attacks, for the purpose of igniting inter-religious strife, in order to advance the imperialist agenda.  Stop denying to the world and to yourselves that your military and intelligence agencies are guiltless in these ongoing terror attacks; the CIA could not carry-out these precision attacks without assistance from your own rogue agencies.  Indian government agents have been charged for the same attacks which are still being blamed upon Pakistan’s rogue agents, agents in both governments are subverting them to America’s will.

The perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks and the follow-up bomb blasts in Peshawar are the same people who have been staging terror attacks upon innocent Pakistanis with Predator drones.

There are lessons for all of us in the dual investigations of today’s attacks on Mumbai  and Pearl’s investigation of the people behind the 2001 attack on Parliament.  The main question is not about the terrorists themselves, or even about their trainers and sponsors; it is the question of the powerful actors who have ordered the training and state sponsorship of the mission.  Only a superpower can actually order other states to take actions that are hazardous to their people.  The mission of that lone superpower is to sow violence and to destabilize the nations in the region which has been targeted for assimilation.

Perhaps we can find insight today by studying the previous investigation that was being methodically conducted by Daniel Pearl.

On January 23, 2002, on his way to what he thought was an interview with Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani at the Village restaurant in Karachi, Pearl was kidnapped by an unknown militant group calling itself The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty.”

Gilani was later interviewed on CBS Sixty Minutes II, by Charlie Wilson’s War author George Crile, shortly after Pearl’s murder.  Sheik Gilani: CBS’ Man In Pakistan Tracks Him Down”, CBS News, 13 March 2002.

In that interview, Gilani told Crile:

“American Muslims are better off than any part of the world, there are more freedoms…and they will never do anything wrong against their country.”


That doesn’t sound like a militant jihadi, does it?

Who is Mubarak Gilani?

“El-Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Jilani is from Ahli-Bayt, a direct descendant of the Holy Last Messenger, Syedena Muhammad ibn Abdullah (Sall Allahu alaihi wa Aalihi wa Sallim). One of his forefathers, Hazrat Sheikh Syed Muhyuddin Abdul Qadir Jilani, (May Allah Shower His Mercies upon him) is acknowledged throughout the Islamic world as being the supreme saint of Islam. Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani devoted his whole being to the worship and servitude of Allah, caring nothing for the empty pleasures of the worldly life. His efforts were rewarded by his attainment of spiritual stations unmatched by any other Wali (saint). He was endowed with the power to heal the sick, and manifested many other miraculous powers.”

In 1976, a group of Muslim psychiatrists at the Psychiatric Research Center of Shahar Hospital, Taif, Saudi Arabia, set out to scientifically prove Gilani’s gift of healing applying the spiritual teachings of the Holy Qur’an.

In his interview with Crile, Gilani conveyed these religious beliefs and related them to the present world crisis.  He blamed mankind’s crisis on invisible beings, the jinn, explaining that they are a greater danger to America than terrorism:

“Human beings can be made to do things against their will. They can be made to commit crimes. They can made to go and kill people. You know? And all your missiles, all your rockets, space ships go up. And electronics, they can be damaged, influenced, and misdirected through the agencies of jinn beings.”


Even though the belief in “jinn” is rejected by most people in the West, a growing segment of society does believe that America and the world are negatively influenced, perhaps even dominated by an unseen hand which leads us “sheeple” to our eventual slavery.

In another video, Gilani’s views are examined in a report by WTBS-TV of Atlanta:



“They are the Illuminati.

It’s a Jewish world order…they are enslaving the world… They worship Satan.    They have Satan as their god.

They are involved in sexual perversion and other activities.

All these things are being done by the Jewish world order.

Muslims and Christians must join hands together.”

Finally, here is the reporter’s summation of Gilani’s words:

“Zionists use terror to pit one enemy against another that they fear Muslims and Christians joining hands.  The world order is located in a Bohemian Grove.  The Illuminate call themselves Jews but they are not Jews that they don’t follow the Torah.”

Gilani is correct in his assessment that real “Jews” follow the Torah, not the Talmud.  His criticism pertains to the Zionist Talmudists who are behind the war on terror and the New World Order, a common belief in the students of the secret history of the world.

Except for conspiracy theorists, the Gilani lead, like everything else about the war on terror is a dead end, ending at the doors of the CIA.  This is the answer to Mumbai and all the questions about why we are heading for certain destruction in the immediate future.

What are we going to do about it?

peter.chamberlin@yahoo.com

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