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So what does Zaid Hamid(Brass Tacks) has to say?

Pakistani police hunted on Wednesday for gunmen who mounted a bold attack on Sri Lanka’s cricket team in Lahore as officials tried to figure out who was behind it. It would be intersting to know what so called Pakistani think tank Zaid Hamid has to say , who had said that people behind Mumbai attack were Indians . Why?

“The orange thread wristbands on one of the terrorists – a sign of belonging to the Hindu extremists of the RSS” – Zaid Hamid.

As per reuters , here is a list of possible suspects.
ISLAMIST MILITANTS

Pakistan has been struck by a wave of suicide attacks and bomb blasts by al Qaeda, Taliban and militant groups linked to them.

The attack in Lahore was carried out by around a dozen gunmen, and many observers, including Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, noted similarities with the attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in November.

India and the United States blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, a jihadi group fighting Indian rule in the disputed Kashmir region.

Pakistan has arrested a few LeT members suspected of being behind the Mumbai plot, even though the group, according to analysts, has had ties with Pakistani intelligence in the past.

Many past attacks have been attributed to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Movement of Taliban, Pakistan), a loose umbrella group of factions based in northwest Pakistan on the Afghan border. It is led by Baitullah Mehsud, an al Qaeda cohort. He is suspected of organising the assassination of Zardari’s wife and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in December 2007.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Sunni Muslim militant group, is regarded as one of al Qaeda’s principal cat’s paws in Pakistan. LeJ, made up of cadres largely drawn from Punjab, specialises in targeting minority Shi’ite Muslims, but graduated to high-profile attacks like the suicide truck bombing of Islamabad’s Marriott Hotel in September last year which killed at least 55 people.

Jaish-e-Mohammad is another Punjab-based militant group that has focused on fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, but there are signs its members have broadened their remit. A Jaish connection was made to one of the assassination attempts on former President Pervez Musharraf in December 2003, and there was a Jaish presence at the Red Mosque uprising in Islamabad in 2007. Jaish members have also surfaced in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Harkat-ul Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI), is another Islamist militant group fighting in Kashmir that forged al Qaeda links. HUJI carried the suicide attack that killed 11 Frenchmen and two Pakistanis outside Karachi’s Sheraton Hotel. The New Zealand cricket team was staying at the same hotel, and promptly aborted its tour.

BALUCH GROUPS

Several guerrilla groups are waging a low-key insurgency in gas-rich Baluchistan province on the border with Afghanistan. Some have taken responsibility for small attacks in Lahore in the past. A group calling itself the Baluchistan Liberation United Front (BLUF) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of an American working for the United Nations a month ago. The attack on the Sri Lankan team is on a vastly different scale to anything carried out by any Baluch group.

OUTSIDE PAKISTAN — SRI LANKA’S TAMIL TIGERS

In Sri Lanka, official suspicion will fall on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a rebel group close to military defeat in northern Sri Lanka and which has a long history of carrying out deadly guerrilla attacks. There has been no clear evidence the Tigers have operations or links to Pakistan.

Pakistan has good relations with Sri Lanka and has given training and supplied arms to the Sri Lankan military fighting the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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Iphone 2.2 Software Update is Here

Key Enhancements in this release:

1. Google Map with Google Street View -A feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides 360° panoramic street-level views and allows users to view parts of selected cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas at ground level.

The addition of Google Street View is cool. 

2.  Public transit and walking directions – Get walking directions, find public transit schedules, check fares, and estimate your travel time.

3.  Display address of dropped pins

4. Share location via email – Tap the Share Location button to send an email that includes a Google Maps URL.

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Why Raj Thackeray Hates North Indians

Sudheera Kulkarni had written an open letter to Raj Thackeray in Lok Satta.  Here is a part of his response( Read the entire response here)

Gujaratis celebrate Garba in Maharashtra with a bang. We also enjoy it. Bengalis celebrate Navratri. We too participate in it. South Indians perform Ayyappa’s rituals and Marathis pray there. But chhatpooja is not just a religious festival. At least it is not celebrated as one in Mumbai. It is an akhada (wrestling ring) erected on Mumbai’s chest by Bihari leaders to show their strength. There lies the root of our opposition. Sudheendraji, are you aware of any widespread chhatpooja being celebrated by Biharis living in Mauritius, Dubai or any country close to the sea?

Seems like what is bothering Raj Thackeray is Chhath Pooja. Well Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes.  This festival is also celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. 

He and his party has done nothing but spread hatred , and divide this nation . He once said that “Hitler had everything. The one thing he did not have was the ambition to conquer the world,” Raj said, adding, “you can draw whatever conclusions you want from my remarks.”

He has criticized Amitabh Bachchan who is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema of (listen to this) being  “more inclined” towards his native state than Maharashtra. Amitabh Bachchan is one person who has inspired people the way you may never understand. Mr Raj Thackeray I would like to ask what have you done for Maharashtra? Have you done anything for drought-hit Maharashtra farmers who are left to fend for themselves. How can people from Maharashtra trust you ,when you yourself wants to burn Maharashtra.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” , probably true in the case of Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackeray has drawn a lot of attention over the past few days . Simply due to the stand taken by him and his party on the North Indians living in Mumbai and Maharashtra.  In fact Raj Thacekray has been a struggling politician and his party only won 7 seats in 2007 municipal elections.

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Bailout Pakistan , But Proceed with Caution

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said being a front line state in the war against terror; Pakistan has sacrificed more than any other country. 

Here’s why : –

1. Pakistan is the only country in the world which harbors terrorists and calls them freedom fighters.

2. Pakistan is the only country in the world which is accused of sheltering terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda,  Lashkar-e-Omar, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Sipah-e-Sahaba.

3. Abdul Qadeer Khan , a Pakistani scientist  widely regarded as the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program who has confessed to having been involved in a clandestine international network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation from Pakistan to Libya, Iran and North Korea is supposedly under house arrest . He recently changed his statement and said that “President Pervez Musharraf forced him to be a “scapegoat” for the “national interest.” He denies ever traveling to Iran or Libya and claims that North Korea’s nuclear program was well advanced before his visit”.

4. Pakistani President recently acknowledged his country’s inability in combating terrorism. He said that terrorists are getting paid Rs 10000 whereas his government is only paying Rs 7000 to his soldiers.

The Pakistani economy is in shambles , inflation crossing 25% and forex reserves of less than 3 billion dollars .Mr Zardari told The Wall Street Journal that Pakistan needed a bail-out worth $US100 billion. Maybe this time the world provides money with a rider and makes Pakistan walk the talk.

 

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Terrorists are paying their soldiers 10,000 rupees – Asif Ali Zardari

Pakistans president Asif Ali Zaradari has finally acknowladged the fact that “terrorists” and not “freedom fighters” are operating in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.  “What kind of a joke is this that I cannot pay my security personnel more than the Talibs are paying?” he asks. “Those terrorists are paying their soldiers 10,000 rupees; I’m paying seven or six thousand rupees.”

It is interesting to note that the statement comes at a time when Pakistan’s economy is in deep trouble. A few days ago the Mr Zardari has said “Insha Allah, we will have some good news” on Kashmir before the general elections in India.  

The State Bank of Pakistan’s net foreign reserves fell to around 8.1 billion dollars against 8.8 billion . Out of the 8.1 billion dollars around 4.68 billion dollars are the central bank’s own reserves while the rest are deposits of private financial institution. That is about two months’ worth of foreign currency reserves left to pay for the country’s imports of oil and food.

President Asif Ali Zardari has asked the international community to give Pakistan $100 billion in grant to ensure the country’s survival. “I need your help, if we fall, if we can’t do it, you can’t do it,” Mr Zardari repeatedly said during an interview with Wall Street Journal’s columnist Brent Stephens, published on Saturday.

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Response to “India RAW did it: Taliban deny all involvement in Marriott attack”

Recently an artice was published  which claims that “India RAW did it: Taliban deny all involvement in Marriott attack”. (Read Here). Was this article written just because someone wanted to write?

Pakistan Ledger reported that it was the Indian agents of RAW that attacked the Marriott Hotel. Now the Taliban, never shy about accepting responsibility has denied any responsibility in the Islamabad attack. So if the Taliban did not do it, who did? The answer to this :Whodunnit” is obvious. There are external hands in this carnage. Which external hand gets the maximum advantage out of the killings.

1) India has infiltrated many movements and has adopted the TTP. It provides the TTP with arms, equipment and training.

2) By discrediting the Taliban and the FATA militants India feels more secure in Kashmir.

3) By destabilizing Pakistan and demoralizing the populace India may feel that it can dictate policy in Afghanistan and also Pakistan

4) By attacking Pakistan from Afghanistan India can have plausible deniability and say to the world that its not her attacking Pakistan. Nothing could be farther than the truth. Indian RAW with the KGB and Khad rained more terror on Pakistan than any other country in the world. In fact during the 80s Pakistan received more than 70% of the terror in the world. All of that was made in India.

5) The sophistication of the operation against the Marriott, the material used, the amount of the incendiary material used, and the type of RDX used shows a very clever and costly operation which requires state machinery to execute.

6) India has the motive, the opportunity and the inclination to run this operation.

Here are some of the points which needs to be clarified –

1. Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is an umbrella organization of Pakistani Taliban groups and is no where related to RAW

2. Why would India destabalize an already de stabalized country . It is not in India’s interest to have a nuclear powered destabalized state as it’s neighbour

3. In the 80’s Pakisstan received 70% of the terror in the world because they themselves were diverting millions of dollars from the US to help afghan fighters against soviets.

Dawn ( A leading news paper of Pakistan) has blamed another terrorist outfit (Fedayeen-i-Islam) for this attack (Read Here).

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