Malegaon blast: ATS chargesheet says Purohit main conspirator

Malegaon blast: ATS chargesheet says Purohit main conspirator

MUMBAI: Nearly four months after the blast at Malegaon, police have filed a chargesheet that named Army officer Lt Col Prasad Purohit as the main

conspirator who provided the explosives, and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as the prime accused who arranged for the men who planted the explosives.

The 4,000-page chargesheet, filed by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) before the Special MCOCA court here, stated that Purohit floated right wing group Abhinav Bharat in 2007 with an intention to “propagate a separate Hindu Rashtra with its own Constitution”.

According to the document, the Army officer collected “huge amounts” to the tune of Rs 21 lakh for himself and Abhinav Bharat to promote his “fundamentalist ideology.”

The amount was disbursed by Ajay Rahirkar, treasurer of the group, to various other accused to procure explosives for committing unlawful activities.

The conspiracy meetings were held from January 2008 at Faridabad, Bhopal, Kolkata, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Indore and Nashik.

At a meeting in Bhopal on April 11, 2008 Purohit took responsibility of providing explosives while the Sadhvi took the task of arranging for the men for exploding the bombs in the Muslim-dominated town in North Maharashtra.

Purohit had bought RDX with him when he returned from his Kashmir posting. He assembled the explosives at his residence in Pune with the help of co-accused Sudhakar Chaturvedi and wanted accused Ramji Kalsangra, and the same was used in the September 29 blast at Malegaon that killed six persons, it said.

Zaid Hamid (English) on Mumbai Operation and Mossad Connection

BrassTacks Dossier on Indian Terrorism and Debunking the Indian ‘evidence’.

The entire Indian propaganda and lies have been exposed in this pdf document. Read and know for yourself things you never knew before. The entire Mumbai drama, its background, its motives and the players involved, with proof from their own sources, media and speeches. Circulate this far and wide and get it published wherever you can. This must be flooded on the web and passed to all contacts. Let the world see their lies exposed. May Allah (sw) Protect Pakistan.

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BrassTacks: Dance of the Devil

BrassTacks Dossier on Indian Terrorism and Debunking the Indian ‘evidence’.
The entire Indian propaganda and lies have been exposed in this pdf document. Read and know for yourself things you never knew before. The entire Mumbai drama, its background, its motives and the players involved, with proof from their own sources, media and speeches. Circulate this far and wide and get it published wherever you can. This must be flooded on the web and passed to all contacts. Let the world see their lies exposed. May Allah (sw) Protect Pakistan.

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BrassTacks: Dance of the Devil

Surprise! “Al Qaida” Suspect Saudi National Bombed US Embassy 2008

Saudi killed in raid on suspected al-Qaeda network

[20 January 2009]

SANA’A, Jan. 20 (Saba) – Initial investigations with terrorist Abdul Rahman al-Ghurabi  who was arrested in a Monday’s raid on a suspected al-Qaeda network  have revealed important information about the four-member terrorist group.

The information showed that one of the two killed during the raid was a Saudi national, Salim Muhammad al-Nahdi, wanted in connection with the last year’s attempt attack on the US embassy, security sources were quoted as saying.

Al-Nahdi is believed to be one of those who attempted to attack the US embassy in Sana’a last year when a missile missed the target and hit a nearby female school killing and injuring students.

The sources said security forces found items at the hideout of the cell including two explosive belts, a number of hand grenades, a machine gun and a motorcycle.

On Monday security forces raided a hideout of a suspected al-Qaeda cell in Sana’a.

Two of the ring members were killed during clashes with between troops.

One member, Abdul Rahman Muhammad al-Ghurabi, a Saudi Arabia-born Yemeni, was arrested and the fourth managed to escape unharmed.

The Spoils of Gas War

The Spoils of Gas War

It is often the case that wars result in a redrawing of international maps or a reshuffling of a country’s political deck. Ukraine’s recent gas war with Russia appears to be no exception in as much as it is likely to change the face of Europe’s energy map while reshuffling the political elite in Kyiv.

Wars, however, not only offer up spoils to the victor; they also spoil a lot of other things for those who are involved or not.

Analysts said European gas companies have been foregoing income to the tune of 150m euros per day. And the gas has yet to be turned on.

Eastern Europeans have been hit the hardest, though, particularly the Balkans, Hungary and Slovakia. There were nasty reports of freezing schools and hospitals, even ‘civilian’ deaths, as a result of gas shut-offs.

The Bulgarians threatened to restart their rickety Soviet-era nuclear reactor. The Slovaks did the same, while crying for a state of emergency.

Some, such as the Czech, were more insulated due to the layout of the international pipeline system and some economic foresight at home.

Prague, nevertheless, had its share of headaches. Having just taken over the rotating EU presidency, the country has been sending its diplomats back and forth between Moscow and Kyiv like ping pong balls.

The casualties among the warring combatants have also been significant.

With characteristically crocodile tears, the Kremlin said Russia had lost $1.2 billion.

The opposition in Ukraine claimed $100m in foregone transit revenues as a result of the war, not to mention the losses incurred by the country’s gas-dependent chemical industry.

But the real damage that Russia and Ukraine inflicted on each other and, indeed, on themselves, has yet to be revealed.

It can no longer be denied by EU policy makers that gas transits from the east are unreliable, at best.

No doubt under pressure from powerful gas lobbyists in all the major capitals of ‘old Europe,” Brussels was reluctant to forge a coherent and, more importantly, a united energy policy in relation to an increasingly more assertive Moscow.

Now, someone has to take the blame, and the fingers are pointing east. Maybe Europe will finally get around to implementing some of those nice-sounding renewable energy products; maybe they will speed up construction of alternative pipelines; or maybe they will just settle for more empty eastern promises after the dust of disgust has settled.

Everyone saw it coming, though. Everyone knew that the bilateral gas agreement between the two countries was to end on January 1, that Russia had turned the taps off before, in 2006. In fact, things developed pretty much as they had three years earlier, with Russia first cutting off Ukraine, then everyone else, whose gas it accused Ukraine of stealing en-route. Only this time the war lasted longer.

The question is whether Russia or Ukraine will suffer any further economic consequences.

So far, there has only been talk of the two countries’ spoiled reputation. In addition, the European Commission has issued vague threats about a possible lawsuit against Russia’s powerful Gazprom or Ukraine’s financially crippled Naftohaz Ukrayiny.

The fact that Russia under Vladimir Putin has increasingly taken a high-handed approach to its former satellite countries, and that its shutting-off the gas it delivers to Ukraine in the dead of winter might also be considered high handed has taken backstage to the immediate effects of the gas war on the EU.

That hasn’t prevented Mr. Putin, however, from accusing the EU of “practically” taking Ukraine’s side in the conflict.

But considering Gazprom’s clout in Berlin and Rome, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ukraine came out as the aggressor in the gas war. Georgia suffered a similar fate following its brief and unsuccessful real war against Russia last August. First Tbilisi was the victim, now it is seen as equally if not more responsible for the hostilities.

Ukraine is all the more vulnerable due to its unstable domestic political situation.

As Moscow and Kyiv traded blows via the international media, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko took swipes at each other at home.

While Moscow accused Ukraine of stealing gas meant for Europe, Tymoshenko launched accusations of corruption at Yushchenko, who sent similar accusations back at her.

In the din of the battle, Ukraine’s very legitimate argument that Russia is punishing it for Kyiv’s Western integration efforts has been drowned out.

Its smudged reputation for corruption is being used against Ukraine by its own short-sighted leaders.

As a result, like the murder victim who exchanged hostile words with his attacker or the rape victim who flirted with hers, the fledgling democracy may be judged unfairly by its peers.

And when the map of European energy supplies is redrawn, it may be Ukraine that loses out on the spoils – not just because the idea of building (expensive) alternative pipelines will win the day, but because taking control of Ukraine’s pipeline is already on the table in the form of a proposed “international’ consortium that includes Moscow.

And it doesn’t matter that keeping control of the pipeline is one of the few things that Ukrainian leaders such as Yushchenko and Tymoshenko have agreed upon.

A second term for the pro-Western Yushchenko is as unlikely as the banning of brawls among the nation’s lawmakers. Tymoshenko’s reputation as a champion of the people has also suffered serious damage, leaving an ex-con with close ties to the Kremlin as the leader in public opinion polls.

Even as Tymoshenko announced that a deal had finally been struck during her latest visit to Moscow on January 19, the president’s team was raining on her parade.

Ukraine would surely have to pay closer to the market price footed by Europe, Yushchenko’s people said, or: what did Ms. Tymoshenko have to give Moscow in return for the new low gas price she supposedly brokered up north?

Indeed, although both Putin and Tymoshenko were their respective countries’ chief combatants during the peak of the gas war, the two seemed to have chummed up during their meeting in Moscow on Monday.

Not one to toss words around lightly (unless in anger), the Russian premier said he was obliged to Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, “who during this most difficult situation was able to take responsibility for such important decisions that have led to a resolution of the deadlock.”

For her part, the lady in braids said: “I am much obliged to Vladimir Putin and all his team for their making it possible for Ukraine to make a special condition in 2009 – 20 percent off the international price of gas,” she said the same day, following her meeting in Moscow.

Whether this means Tymoshenko has come out the heroine of the gas war is doubtful, as she can now be easily portrayed by her political enemies to pro-Western voters as a sellout to Moscow, which for its turn could always find a way to challenge any deal at its convenience.

Thus, at the very least, the gas war means the final nail in the coffin of President Yushchenko and possibly a booby trap down the road for Tymoshenko – reshuffling two major cards in the Ukrainian deck.

The geopolitical map is also likely to change, as Ukraine’s only staunch supporters appear to be EU troublemaker Poland and a NATO leadership in retreat behind the US economy.

John Marone, a columnist of Eurasian Home website, Kyiv, Ukraine

Who is hiding the truth?

Who is hiding the truth?

20. January 2009. | 11:05

Source: EMportal, Panorama, Tanjug

Author: Nikos D.A. Arvanites

Ethnic Albanians have committed ghastly crimes in Kosovo and Metohija, and among those that are to be held responsible for the massive murders of Serbs are former commander of the (so-called) Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Kosovo premier, Ramus Haradinaj and Agim Cheku respetively, the Italian weekly magazine Panorama has set out in an analytical article, publishing for the first time the photos of Serb victims.

Ethnic Albanians have committed ghastly crimes in Kosovo and Metohija, and among those that are to be held responsible for the massive murders of Serbs are former commander of the (so-called) Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) and Kosovo premier, Ramus Haradinaj and Agim Cheku respetively, the Italian weekly magazine Panorama has set out in an analytical article, publishing for the first time the photos of Serb victims.

Before the (1999) NATO bombing campaign Serbs were accused of being butchers, but as soon the forces of the Atlantic Pact marched into Kosovo in June 1999, they became the victims of an ethnic cleansing, the Milan weekly assessed.

Italian General Mauro Del Vecchio, who in June 1999 was in command of a brigade of 7,000 soldiers which also comprised Italian KFOR members, testified in the text about the suffering of the Serbs.

At the time, according to him, one could smell the horrible scent of death in Kosovo miles away.

In the first twenty days or so, I received everyday reports on the corpses of Serbs and the Roma that had been left lying along the roads, said the Italian general, who is currently representing the (left-centrist) Democratic Party in the Italian Senate, upper house of the Parliament of Italy.

Those who did not flee Kosovo, risked to be killed or kidnapped, he added.

The deserted Serb houses were torched and leveled to the ground, and the worst of all was that the Albanians also attacked the Serb churches and monasteries, their goal being to erase every trace of Serbs’ presence in Kosovo, Del Vechhio said, pointing out that that was a taboo topic they were not allowed to speak about with journalists.

This is why a number of photographs that represented a testimony of the horrid crimes against Serbs were snatched away from Italian soldiers, but some of them which were made in secret have been preserved and the weekly Panorama published them exclusively on December 18, 2008.

These photos show the Italian soldiers as taking away the dead bodies of Serb civilians, which were scattered all over the place as the Albanians probably counted on that that NATO soldiers would clear the mess after them.

Nobody was taking away the Serb bodies that were left in all possible places, General Dl Vecchio said.

In a factory hall in Djakovica we also found corpses of the Roma, he said. The mothers and wives of the abducted Serbs were pleading for their dearest ones to be found, but the majority of them have never been found, the Italian general said.

At the time when these photographs were made, the region was under the command of Ramus Haradinaj, a KLA commander who was appointed Kosovo premier later on, the author of the text specified, and explained that last year, The Hague Tribunal had acquitted Haradinaj of all war crimes charges, since all the witnesses in the proceedings had been killed in very strange accidents, as the Tribunal itself had admitted.

In an interview with the Milan magazine, former head of the UNMIK Office on Missing Persons and Forensics ( OMPF) Jose Pablo Baraybar presented data on the kidnapping of Serbs that ethnic Albanian terrorists and separatists had committed in the vicinity of Orahovac in July 1998.

He investigated this massive crime in 2005, when the remains of 26 Serb civilians were found in a ditch in Vulojak, a village 50 kilometers away from Pristina.

Baraybar said that one women, whom the Albanian terrorists had set free, had testified that she had distinctively heard KLA officer Jakup Krasnici, current speaker of the Kosovo parliament, as giving the order “Kill them all.” His command referred to the kidnapped men, among whom there boys as well. When we finally obtained all relevant facts – the victims, evidence and witnesses – The Hague Tribunal told us that it was too late for a new investigation because the Tribunal would be closed in 2010, the Peruvian diplomat said, pointing out that the Kosovo judiciary was not interested in that case.

The Peruvian forensics said that on February 4, 2004, he had also carried out an investigation into the Yellow House issue, a prison located in Burela, northern Albania, where, as he put it, he had obtained no decisive facts, but had rather found a number of serious indications on the murder of kidnapped Kosovo Serbs and the vital organs that had been taken out of their bodies.

The KLA arrested about 300-400 Serbs, Roma inhabitants and Albanian collaborationists and hid them in their secret camps in Albania, one of which was located in Kukes, Baraybar said, referring to the testimony of an ethnic Albanian who is loyal to the Serbian state and who survived thanks to his father who paid ransom.

This witness told me that the camp in Kukes had been visited by a number of KLA members, including Agim Cheku, he said, reminding that Cheku had been Kosovo premier after that (up to January 2008).

Baraybar made a repot on the investigation, in which he claims that traces of blood, as well as injections, muscle relaxants, surgery material and similar equipment were found in the kitchen and the broom closet of the Yellow House, all of which proved that Albanian surgents had taken organs out of the Serbs’ bodies.

The indications we have come across were crystal clear and they sufficed for the launching of a true investigation, the Peruvian diplomat said, but, as the weekly magazine reminded, the ICTY had done nothing after that.

The issue of trade of kidnapped Serbs’ organs was actualized only recently, when former ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte spoke about the issue in her book entitled The Hunt: Me and War Criminals, after which the Council of Europe entrusted Swiss parliamentarian Dick Marty with the investigation into this issue, the Milan weekly magazine Panorama reminded.

Turkey may rethink Nabucco if EU talks stall

Turkey may rethink Nabucco if EU talks stall

20. January 2009. | 16:41

Source: EUobserver

Turkey may reconsider its support for the EU-backed Nabucco pipeline – intended to transport gas from the Caspian Sea basin to Europe, bypassing Russia and Ukraine – if there is no progress on the energy chapter of its EU accession talks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday

Turkey may reconsider its support for the EU-backed Nabucco pipeline – intended to transport gas from the Caspian Sea basin to Europe, bypassing Russia and Ukraine – if there is no progress on the energy chapter of its EU accession talks, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday (19 January).

“If we are faced with a situation where the energy chapter is blocked, we would of course review our position [on Nabucco],” he said at a conference organised by the Brussels-based European Policy Centre think-tank.

“The other side [the EU] ought to be fair in its treatment,” he added.

According to Mr Erdogan, EU member Cyprus “is putting pressure” on the other 26 member states “so that some chapters are not opened, such as energy.”

A Czech EU presidency official told EUobserver that there was still “no unanimity” among member states on this “complex chapter,” but added that the presidency is working in order to obtain consensus.

The European Commission considers the energy chapter ready for opening and says it is up to member states to give the green light.

Eight other chapters of Turkey’s EU accession package have been officially blocked since 2006 as a result of Ankara’s refusal to open its ports to Cypriot ships, despite signing a protocol in 2005 to extend its customs union with the EU to the 10 states that joined the bloc in 2004.

Turkey does not recognise the Greek Cypriot government in the southern part of the divided island, while at the same time being the only country to recognise its northern Turkish Cypriot section.

Ankara says that due to this “political issue,” Cyprus is also blocking the opening of other negotiating chapters.

Energy – a means to woo EU public

Speaking at a joint press conference with Mr Erdogan later on the same day, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said: “We agreed on the need for this [Nabucco] pipeline and we should solve quickly the outstanding problems.”

The Nabucco plan proposes a 3,400-km pipeline from Turkey’s eastern border to Austria that would transport up to 31 billion cubic metres of gas per year from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran. It is seen by the EU as a key tool to diversify gas supplies in the wake of the current Russia-Ukraine gas crisis.

“We should see our energy relations not only in the framework of the accession negotiations,” Mr Barroso added, calling energy supply a “critically important” issue.

The commission president said that energy security was an area where Turkey “could make the case in [EU] public opinion,” which remains mostly sceptical towards Ankara’s EU future.

“This is one of the cases where we can show to the European Union public opinion how important Turkey is for the EU …Turkey should not be seen as a burden, but as an asset,” Mr Barroso said.

For his part, Mr Erdogan softened his earlier speech saying: “We give full support [to Nabucco] all the time,” but once again called for “political obstacles” to be removed and accession talks to be sped up.

‘A leap’ expected in 2009

Despite the slow pace of negotiations, Mr Erdogan stressed EU integration remained a “top priority” for his country and expressed hopes this year would bring positive developments in the process.

“I hope there will be a leap in 2009,” Turkey’s premier said.

“There has been a lot of negativity coming out of Europe about Turkish membership and this has affected levels of public support in the country,” which fell from 75 percent in 2004 to 40-50 percent at present, he warned.

Turkey opened EU accession negotiations in 2005. It has so far opened ten of its 35-chapter accession package, with just one successfully closed.

Israel…A Trail Ablaze On a Steep Slope

Israel…A Trail Ablaze On a Steep Slope

Mohamad Shmaysani Readers Number : 652

20/01/2009 Between July 1942 and February 1943, a 200-day battle, the bloodiest in human history, left 1,800,000 casualties on the Russian and German sides. A total of 200,000 square kilometers were destroyed in the battle of Stalingrad, yet casualties and destruction were never the measurment unit of defeat and victory. The Germans  lost the Battle and for the Russian heroism shown King George VI of the United Kingdom awarded the Stalingrad citizens a jeweled sword in appreciation of the bravery that they had shown.

Between December 27, 2008 and January 17, 2009 a 22-day assault, the bloodiest in human history, left more than 1,300 civilians killed on one side; the Palestinian side. Much of a total of 365 square kilometers has been destroyed in the Israeli war on Gaza. Still, casualties and destruction is not the measurment unit of victory and defeat. The Israelis who launched a disproportionate war on Gaza have been defeated. Throughout history, a resistance force has never been required to eliminate an enemy or capture land; like in France, Lebanon and Palestine, the resistance’s job is to fight, repel and hold out. Victory is achieved when these three conditions are met.
Triumphant Gazans will not wait for a ‘king’ to award them with a jeweled sword; they’ve already earned the accolade of honor.

Although Hitler’s strategic main objective of battle of Stalingrad was the capture of the Volga River, Olmert’s objective of the war on Gaza was…nobody inside and outside Israel knows.

What they have been saying in the Jewish state after the ceasefire took effect, is that the war ‘is just another stop along a trail blazing with fire;’ a trail that formally started to ascend in 1948 and reached the pinnacle just before the end of the second millennium. However, the trail has been descending steeply since the start of this third millennium with an increasing speed and a fast growing blaze that will eventually render the whole trail to ashes.

First was the humiliating pullout of Israel from Lebanon in 2000, second was the 2006 war on Lebanon and third was the 2008 war on Gaza. In those three wars, Israel was not the entity everyone thought it was; the entity that battles Arab armies and defeats them in less than a week. 33 days in Lebanon and another 22 days in Gaza saw Israel’s defeat not by armies, but by resistance fighters and steadfast civilians.

Israel claimed it wanted to crush Hamas, then faced the bitter truth and claimed it just wanted to change the status quo in Gaza, then it got more modest and claimed it wanted to stop Palestinian rocket firing, then in a weaker tone it stated it only wants to teach Hamas a lesson and when all of the above failed, Israel said it wanted to restore its so called power of deterrence after the defeat in Lebanon in 2006; deterrence by adopting the “Dahyie Doctrine” – The Beirut Southern Suburb Doctrine that saw the destruction of Dahiye in 2006 – in military operations though which civilians and civilian infrastructure become the main targets.

The Israelis could not achieve anything from the war on Gaza. They couldn’t even engage in ‘phase three’ of the war.

Like Lebanon, Gaza has proved Israel’s military might can no longer be the primary instrument for pushing the Israeli trail in this region.
Gaza did not cure Israel of its deep Lebanon wound but only further exposed the tragic and never-ending mistakes the Jewish state has committed for over 60 years.

‘When the guns become completely silent, and the full scope of the killing and destruction becomes known, then we will finally understand how deeply and fundamentally wrong our actions in this region have been from time immemorial – how misguided, unethical, unwise and above all, responsible, time after time, for fanning the flames that consume us,’ David Grossman’s Haaretz analysis said.

There is nothing much left in this ‘blazing trail’ to burn.