NEW DELHI: There is unusual movement of hundreds of heavy military artillery vehicles in Lahore, a well-known Pakistan newspaper reported on
development has caused scare among the masses, it added.
The report published in The News International said that “hundreds of medium and heavy artillery vehicles moved from the Lahore Cantonment area to north of Punjab via Motorway as the 11th Corps was moving from Lahore to Tilla Range Jhelum while the 10th Corps moved towards Lahore.”
According to the report when contacted, Director-General Inter Services Public Relations Major-General Athar Abbas stated that “the military movement was due to routine winter military exercises. The 10th Corps was returning to the Lahore Cantonment after completing its winter exercises while the 11th Corps was moving to Jhelum to replace it.”
Even the Dawn writes of troops movement. “A number of people travelling between Lahore and Rawalpindi over the past two days have come up with claims that a heavy redeployment by the army was under way. “Long convoys of military trucks are heading towards Lahore from Jhelum,” Jawad Khan, a motorist, told Dawn.
In a well-researched article published in the Dawn, Zaffar Abbas points out even during Eid-ul-Azha, Jamaat-ud-Dawa volunteers were going around asking for donations for “the families of martyrs.”
He wonders why no militant group has protested against the sealing of various offices of Dawa in Pakistan and why there was no outcry on the move to place Hafiz Saeed under house arrest.
Abbas says, “Armed militant groups are not known to surrender so meekly. So either Dawa men are not involved in militancy, or they too regard the police action as a half-hearted, cosmetic, measure.”
Abbas says that many seasoned analysts of the Pakistani religious militancy have their doubts about the seriousness of the measures against the terror groups: “It’s not even as serious an operation as it was in 2002,” says Amir Rana, Director of Islamabad-based Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) in the article.
In 2002, five known Islamist militant groups were banned by Gen Pervez Musharraf, including Hafiz Saeed’s Lashkar-i-Taiba. Among others, the most prominent militant group was Jaish-i-Mohammed of Maulana Masood Azhar.” Pakistan authorities then had arrested over two thousand militants and kept them in detention for nearly two years before many of them secured their freedom by challenging the preventive detention laws under which they were confined, the report says.
Abbas further writes that “Masood Azhar is mostly confined to his home town of Bahawalpur, where his madressah´s influence has continued to grow. But his supporters are found all over the country. Other top militant leaders like Qari Saifullah Akhtar of Harkat-i-Jihad-ul-Islami or Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil of outlawed Harkat-ul-Mujahideen continue to command respect and influence in their respect circles, and have their activists operational in many parts of the tribal areas, where they are mostly called the ‘Punjabi Taliban’.
The PIPS director says there is documented proof that (Lashkar boss) Hafiz Saeed and his organisation have never believed in democracy or the country’s constitution, and have constantly undermined Pakistan’s own political and justice system.
In a Sunday editorial, the News International says that “the trail from Mumbai appears to have led back to Faridkot, a small town near Deepalpur in Punjab. While conspiracy theories, involving a plot by Indians to frame Pakistan abound, the facts have to be faced up to. No matter how tempting it is to grasp at straws, these theories sound fanciful. It seems certain that Kasab is indeed Pakistani.”
The editorial further says, “The menace must somehow be stopped. Today, we have been cast as the villains of the world. We must prove ourselves to be heroes by showing we have the will and the courage to overcome the forces that threaten to weaken us from within.”
A Frontier Post editorial talks about the RAW influence in Afghanistan and questions why USA is ignoring it. It says, “Can you even imagine that Washington wouldn’t be knowing what for are those over half a dozen Indian consulates in close proximity of our border with Afghanistan, whose existence cannot be justified by any diplomatic standard? And would you believe that India could station, as has it, hundreds of its crack paramilitary soldiers in Afghanistan without Washington’s knowledge or consent? Or that it doesn’t know of their special training in infiltration, subversion and sabotage? Or it knows not why is Indian intelligence RAW so massively entrenched in Afghanistan and what it is up to from there?”
The RSS also finds a mention in the newspapers. In an editorial headlined, Hindu fundamentalism, the Dawn also lambasts RSS boss K Sudarshan. It says, “only madmen can advocate conflicts involving nuclear weapons. But that is precisely what the head of the Hindu-fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh seemed to be doing on Friday when he said that India should be ready for a nuclear war.” Granted he said that such a showdown would be the last resort, but the fact that this hothead can even entertain such a possibility is simply mind-blowing. The head of the RSS is as ignorant and sinful as the most rabid mullah that can be found anywhere across the length and breadth of Pakistan.
The editorial adds: “The ‘Islamic fundamentalist’ is a well-known commodity. This is so largely because of the transnational nature of militant Islam. The Hindu fundamentalist, on the other hand, works within the geographical boundaries of his own country and as such does not attract attention worldwide. The pogrom in Gujarat, the targeting of Christian missionaries in India’s tribal regions, all go unnoticed in the western world because India is a major trading partner. That’s what it comes down to, essentially. Money.”