Do Indian Govt. Leaders Trust In Their American Counterparts Enough To Risk Nuclear War with Pakistan?

[In the unfolding aggression in Kashmir, which side is the aggressor?  Listening to terrorist leader Hafiz Saeed tell Pakistan’s side in the report below, it is pretty obvious that the militant culture of Pakistan wants to convince us that all of this is a scheme by the “devious” Indians, on behalf of her Imperial American/British sponsors, intended to punish Pakistan.

Risking nuclear war with a significantly more substantial nuclear force is pure insanity and very few Pakistanis think that all Indians are insane enough to risk this.  Pakistan holds a clear nuclear strike superiority over India.  Does Mr. Saeed suggest that the Delhi govt. has such great confidence that the two-faced American govt. will come to India’s rescue that they would risk inviting the consequences over a few square kilometers of Kashmiri ice?  India has been achieving many of its goals in a non-military fashion, managing to dominate the sub-continent, including Pakistan, by pursuing economic growth through development and diplomacy.   Why would India endanger the eventual peaceful domination that it is planned and  its inevitable rewards, for the sake of provoking its own nuclear destruction?

In this, as in all things, Hafiz Saeed speaks with the voice of a lunatic.  Following a lunatic is far worse than following a blind man.  If the people of Pakistan allow this fundamentalist lunatic who fancies himself to be an “Islamic scholar” to deceive the Nation into allowing him to engineer a state of war with India, then they will surely deserve the consequences.  It is no secret that militant Kashmiri leaders have only recently returned from a lobbying trip to Islamabad, on the pretext of seeking help to defend against an anticipated escalation of the “jihad” over Kashmir, after the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.  On that trip the militants of the Hurriyat Conference also met militant/terrorist leaders,  Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin, asking them for their help, in case the Pak Army refuses to help, or has its hands full with the fallout from Afghanistan.  In his meeting with the radical leaders, Gen. Kayani allegedly ruled-out support for any renewed militancy in Kashmir, seemingly absolving the Pak high command of any responsibility for actions later taken by the LeT militants.  But that was the same ploy that was used by Gen. Musharraf to start the last Kargil war, claiming that the first infiltrators that he allowed to cross the LoC were “militants,” even though it was later proven that they were paramilitary commandos.   It was a very effective ruse for a short while, until India began to capture prisoners, who turned-out to be Pakistani soldiers.  These original veterans of Kargil went on afterwards to father some of the most radical sectarian terrorist outfits to come out of Pakistan (Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda).

If this latest eruption of militancy lasts long enough, it will probably play-out the same way, as well, meaning that any commando attack upon the Indian side of the Line of Control has to clear the Pakistani defensive line, first.  If the Army does nothing to stop them from crossing their lines, or encourages militants to pass on through, then that is an admission of guilt for such major attacks by “mujahidin”/”ultras”.  An aggression by Pakistani militants is an attack by forces controlled by, if not still sponsored by, the ISI, who contract most, if not all of their work from the CIA.  Think of it this way, an attack upon Indians by Pakistani militants (just like the Mumbai scenario), is an attack upon India by the CIA.]

“The Lashkar-e-Taiba was from the outset clearly a U.S. enterprise.”

Kashmir violence could turn “ugly”: Pakistani Islamist

Reuters

By Bushra Taskeen

ISLAMABAD | Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:15am EST

(Reuters) – The Pakistani Islamist leader accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai massacre said India was trying to destabilize Pakistan and predicted violence in the disputed region of Kashmir could get “ugly”.

“We do not want any force to be used or any military operation for this. But the Indians are opting for the other alternative,” Hafez Saeed told Reutersin a telephone interview on Friday.

Saeed founded Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the militant group which India blames for the rampage in Mumbai, where gunmen killed 166 people over three days. He denies any wrongdoing and links to militants.

Saeed also denied allegations by Indian officials that he had recently visited Kashmir, potentially to incite action against India, just before the recent outbreak of the worst violence in the territory since the nuclear-armed neighbors agreed to a ceasefire nearly a decade ago.

In the third fatal attack in Kashmir this week, a Pakistani soldier was killed on Thursday by “unprovoked” Indian fire, a Pakistan army spokesman said.

He was shot while manning a post in the Battal sector of Kashmir, which is split between the two sides by a heavily fortified border known as the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesman said.

Saeed accused India of trying to disrupt the peace process with Pakistan and dragging its feet on the long-standing issue of Kashmir.

“This is their usual practice. Betraying the international community and destabilizing Pakistan,” said Saeed. “And that’s what they are doing this time.”

India and Pakistan have fought three wars since becoming independent from Britain in 1947, two of them over the Himalayan region of Kashmir. India considers the entire region of snow-capped mountains and fertile valleys an integral part of its territory.

Muslim Pakistan contests that and demands implementation of a 1948 U.N. Security Council resolution for a plebiscite to determine the wishes of the mostly Muslim people of Kashmir.

Relations had shown signs of improving in the past year after souring again in 2008 after the Mumbai bloodshed.

CAUSE FOR CONCERN IN U.S.

“Whenever the peace process starts between the two nations, something comes up from the Indian side to disrupt the process,” said Saeed.

Both governments have expressed anger over the latest Kashmir attacks even as senior officials sought to calm fears that right-wing groups could seize the opportunity to derail years of diplomatic rapprochement.

Tensions over Kashmir are a cause for concern in Washington, which has been pushing for an improvement in ties between the rival nations so that Pakistan can focus on helping the United States promote peace in Afghanistan.

India has repeatedly called on Pakistan to bring Saeed to justice, an issue that has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the two sides since the carnage in Mumbai.

India is furious that Pakistan has not detained Saeed since it handed over evidence against him to Islamabad. Washington has offered a reward of $10 million for information leading to Saeed’s capture.

Pakistan supported militants fighting Indian forces in Kashmir region for years but began to rein them in after the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Critics say Pakistan’s policies have created militant groups that now answer to no one and fuel instability.

Pakistan faces security challenges from an array of militant groups, from organizations capable of attacks on Indian forces in Kashmir to sectarian Sunni militants who bomb minorities such as Shi’ites.

Saeed blamed India for this week’s wave of bombings on Shi’ites in the city of Quetta which killed 82 people.

“Whether it’s ethnic problems, provisional unrest or religious target killings and the Sunni-Shi’ite issue, the entire planning and execution of such attacks have been managed by the Indian intelligence agencies,” he said.

Pakistan summoned India’s High Commissioner over the Kashmir violence, a Pakistani foreign ministry official said, adding that Islamabad had expressed its “concern and frustration”.

Saeed said India was not interested in resolving the Kashmir issue.

“They want to escalate the violence in order to avoid a permanent resolution …,” he said. “This border tension can turn to an ugly situation like a war and we want to avoid it.”

(Reporting by Bushra Taskeen; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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Intercepted call reveals Pak army units congratulated each other on Indian soldiers’ killing

 

Intercepted call reveals Pak army units congratulated each other on Indian soldiers’ killing

India today

Even as Pakistan government and its army have repeatedly denied the role of state actors in the attack on Indian Army’s patrol team in Mendhar sector near Line of Control (LoC), India has secured a major proof to nail the neighbour’s lies.

According to sources, the military intelligence had intercepted a call between Pakistani Army units congratulating each other after two Indian soldiers were killed in the ambush on January 8. The personnel’s bodies were badly mutilated and head of one of them was taken away by Pakistani troops as a trophy.

Intelligence sources also told Headlines Today that in the intercepted audio wherein the two units are heard conversing also included talks about a third unit on the LoC, indicating that there might be more such attacks along the LoC in other sectors as well.

This part of the conversation was disjointed and insufficient to pinpoint the area where the unit has been located. The conversation was an encrypted voice transmission that the Indian Army had decoders for. It was, therefore, uncertain whether the Pakistan Army wanted India to hear this conversation since it implicates their forces.

Despite India summoning Pakistani high commissioner to India — Salman Bashir — and registering “strong protest” over the ceasefire violations along the LoC and attack on the Indian soldiers, Pakistan’s foreign ministry and army have issued several statements denying their role in the incident and instead blaming India for ceasefire violations.

Pakistan had on Wednesday said that it was prepared to hold investigation through the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which was rejected by India on Thursday as it made it clear that it did not want to internationalise the issue.

Militants Kill Another “Sarpanch” (Elected Village Head) In Kashmir–Probably LeT Terrorists

Militants kill another sarpanch in J&K

times of india

TNN

SRINAGAR: Unidentified terrorists killed a ‘sarpanch’ (democratically elected village head) inSopore district of the valley on Friday afternoon.
According to police, unknown militants fired upon sarpanch, Habibullah Mir, resident of Gooripora Bomie, Sopore in the compound of his house. In a critical condition, Mir was shifted to sub-district hospital Sopore where he succumbed to his injuries. The body of the deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Police has registered a case.

Last year, Mohammed Shafi of the ruling National Conference became the fourth panchayat official killed in over a year apart from the four who’ve been injured in firing ever since the Jammu & Kashmir government re-launched grassroots democracy via panchayat (village local body) elections in the state in 2011 after a gap of 23 years. The elections witnessed a record 80% turnout.

Terror outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad had been issuing death threats to the panchayat officials, asking them to resign from their posts for over a year. The police, last year, seized handwritten posters at various places in different villages across the valley asking all panch and sarpanch to quit. But strangely, the police haven’t been convinced of these threats, describing them as “fake” calls.

However, in a year, over 400 panchayat officials – of the 2000-odd elected — resigned after the four killings.

Tableeghi Deobandi Center Bombing Proves Wahhabi Terrorists Behind Yesterday’s Series of Explosions

Wiki: “Tablighi Jamaat came forth as an offshoot of the Deobandi movement“.

22 die in Swat Tableeghi centre blast

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Pakistani security personnel inspect a religious seminary after a explosion in the outskirts of Mingora, the main town in the district, on January 10, 2013. — Photo by AFP

MINGORA: At least 22 people were killed and over 70 injured in a blast at a Tableeghi centre in the once militants’ infested district of Swat on Thursday.

The cause of the blast in the basement of the centre on Takhtaband Road, some 5km southwest of Swat’s regional headquarters of Mingora, was not known, a senior official said.

“The cause of the blast is yet to be determined,” Deputy Commissioner Kamran Rehman told Dawn on phone from Saidu Sharif. “We are investigating the incident,” he said.

“It is very cold here and, therefore, there were a large number of people in the basement,” he said.

Hundreds of people turn up for special Thursday night prayers at the Tableeghi markaz.

Security personnel and police cordoned off the area and carried out rescue work. The bodies and the injured were taken to the district headquarters hospital in Saidu Sharif.

The powerful blast shattered windows and doors of the centre’s hall.

A senior doctor said the dead and wounded had signs of having been hit by explosives. “The bodies and the wounded bore signs of having been hit by a bomb. There was a smell of explosives.”

Some bodies and the wounded had cuts caused by shrapnel and ball-bearings used in explosive devices, Casualty Medical Officer Dr Mohammad Iqbal told Dawn on phone.

According to Dr Jamil, in charge of casualty ward, 21 bodies were lying in the hospital’s morgue while the number of injured was around 70.

District Police Officer Gul Afzal Afridi said the explosion had caused a small crater. “Police and army officials are investigating,” he said. “There are signs and indications that an explosive device has been used. There are marks of shrapnel and pallets there,” Mr Afridi said.

DIG Akhtar Hayat said the blast was an act of subversion. Bomb disposal squad personnel are investigating to determine the cause of the blast.

Ibne Ameen, an eyewitness, told this reporter that the blast had taken place when the khateeb asked people to prepare for Maghrib prayers. “As people stood up to go for ablution a huge explosion took place. The people started running here and there. There was sort of a stampede.”

He said over 1,000 local members of the jamat were present at the centre when the blast took place.

Swat, a tourist paradise of green valleys, snow-covered mountains and gushing blue waters, remained under control of militants till the army launched an operation in April 2009 and took control of the district.

Militant leader of the Swati Taliban, Maulana Fazlullah, left Swat and is now believed to be hiding in Afghanistan’s eastern Nooristan province.

Intelligence officials say Maulana Fazlullah and his fighters continue to try to sneak back into their former stronghold.

Massacre In Quetta More Proof That There Is No Justice for Minorities In Pakistan

[Over the years, Pakistan has dealt with Sunni terrorist outfits massacring Shia and other Pakistani minorities by “outlawing” the groups under their original names, only to allow the same individuals to adopt new names and then carry-on with the business of Sectarian slaughter as usual.  Pakistan only bans names of outfits, without taking any police actions against the criminal members of  the terrorist organizations.  The Pak govt., the Frontier Corps. and the Army all know exactly who is behind the many Hazara murders, Lashkar e-Jhangvi, the latest incarnation of the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, yet, LeJ criminals remain free to kill at the next opportunity.  This single fact implicates the Pak Army and FC authorities as co-conspirators in every unprosecuted slaughter of Hazara.  Previous and ongoing ties between the Army/ISI and the Sunni militants who have been waging this sectarian war, mostly against Shia “KAFIR” (infidels), helps to prove the case of Pakistan’s guilt in acts of genocide against  its own citizens.  If the authorities really wanted to end the terrorist bombings in Shia enclaves, then they would arrest every Sipah or Lashkar member (current or former member), as well as every militant leader such as Hafiz Saeed or Syed Salauddin, and begin filling prisons and “death rows” with the evil men who masquerade as religious “authorities,” who are behind this slaughter.  The next step would be to put an end to the Saudi-financed war upon Shiites by closing all Saudi/Arab-funded madrassas and religious institutions.  Without these steps, the unchecked stream of Wahhabi terrorism will help Pakistan to destroy itself with its own self-hatred within a couple of years, at most.]

Massacre in Quetta provides damning indictment of authorities: HRW

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Pakistani police officers and local residents gather on January 10, 2013at the site of a bomb blast that targeted paramilitary soldiers in a commercial area in Quetta, Pakistan. A series of bombings in different parts of Pakistan killed 115 people on Thursday in one of the deadliest days in the country in recent years. — Photo by AP

NEW YORK: The Pakistani government’s persistent failure to protect the minority Shia Muslim community in Pakistan from sectarian attacks by Sunni militant groups, is reprehensible and amounts to complicity in the barbaric slaughter of Pakistani citizens, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The government should immediately hold accountable those responsible for ordering and participating in deadly attacks targeting the Shia across Pakistan and particularly the Hazara Shia in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province.

On January 10, at least 4 bomb attacks took place in Quetta killing over 93 and injuring well over 150 people. Those killed included at least 8 police personnel and one journalist.

“2012 was the bloodiest year for Pakistan’s Shia community in living memory and if this latest attack is any indication, 2013 has started on an even more dismal note,” said Ali Dayan Hasan, Pakistan director at Human Rights Watch. “As Shia community members continue to be slaughtered in cold blood, the callousness and indifference of authorities offers a damning indictment of the state, its military and security agencies.

While sectarian violence is a longstanding problem in Pakistan, attacks against ordinary Shia have increased dramatically in recent years, Human Rights Watch said. In 2012, well over 400 members of the Shia population were killed in targeted attacks. Over 120 of these were killed in Balochistan province, the vast majority from the Hazara Shia community.

Similar attacks targeting the Shia population have taken place repeatedly over the last year in Balochistan, the port city of Karachi, predominantly Shia populated areas of Gilgit Baltistan in the northern areas, and in Pakistan’s tribal areas, Human Rights Watch said.

Sunni militant groups such as the ostensibly banned Lashkar-e Jhangvi have operated with widespread impunity across Pakistan while law enforcement officials have effectively turned a blind eye on attacks against Shia communities. Some Sunni extremist groups are known to be allies of the Pakistani military, its intelligence agencies, and affiliated paramilitaries, such as the Frontier Corps, Human Rights Watch said.

While authorities claim to have arrested dozens of suspects in attacks against Shia since 2008, only a handful have been charged, and no one has been held accountable for these attacks.

“Pakistan’s tolerance for religious extremists is not just destroying lives and alienating entire communities, it is destroying Pakistani society across the board,” said Hasan. “Sectarian violence won’t end until those responsible are brought to trial and justice.”

Human Rights Watch urged Pakistan’s federal government and relevant provincial governments to make all possible efforts to promptly apprehend and prosecute those responsible for recent attacks and other crimes targeting the Shia population. The government should direct civilian agencies and the military responsible for security to actively protect those facing attack from extremist groups, and to address the growing perception, particularly in Balochistan and Pakistan’s tribal areas, that state authorities look the other way when Shia are attacked. It should increase the number of security personnel in Shia majority areas and enclaves at high risk of attack, particularly the Hazara community in Quetta. The government should also actively investigate allegations of collusion between Sunni militant groups and military intelligence and paramilitary forces and hold accountable personnel found to be involved in criminal acts.

“The Pakistani authorities’ are just indifferent bystanders to slaughter at best or callously supportive of those perpetrating these massacres at worst,” Hasan said. “By their inaction in the face of massacre after massacre and killing after killing, Pakistan’s political leaders, law enforcement agencies, judiciary and military are presiding over a collective failure to address the growing perception that they are either in sympathy with Sunni extremists or utterly incompetent and unable to provide basic security. Either way, this is a crisis that neither Pakistanis nor the world can afford to ignore any more.”

Another School Shooting, Two Students In California Hit By Shotgun Blasts–No Deaths.

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A picture posted on twitter showing the scene outside Taft High School, California, after parents and media heard of the shooting. Picture: @hartpandrew / Twitter Source: Supplied

TWO students have been shot and another detained after a shotgun shooting at a high school in California.

Taft City manager’s assistant Debra Elliott says the shooting was reported shortly after 9am local time Thursday (4am Friday, AEDT).

Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt confirmed two students had been shot in a classroom at Taft Union High School. Nobody was killed.

One student was airlifted to Kern Medical Center with “major” injuries. A second person initially refused treatment at the scene, but was later taken to hospital for observation.

Kern County Fire officials say he had apparently only suffered minor injuries. Police said he was taken to hospital to determine if he had been struck.

It is understood both the injured were junior high-school students.

Taft High School

An instagram picture showing concerned parents massing outside Taft High School, California. Picture: karlhargestam / instagram

Students told 23ABC  that they initially thought the alert was a scheduled shooting response exercise. But it it “suddenly turned real” when they saw real fear on teacher’s faces.

Three ambulances, the medivac helicopter and armed police were sent to the school immediately after the incident were reported.

KERO-TV reports receiving news of the attack from people hiding in cupboards at the school. The station reports Kern County sheriff’s department officers had going room-by-room to secure the school.

Parents were been instructed to pick up students from an emergency assembly point on the football field.

Taft has a population of more than 8000 people and is some 200km north-west of Los Angeles.