England has withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in
India after a Muslim terrorist threat was made against the competition.
The eight-strong squad, including Olympic silver medallist Nathan
Robertson, has pulled out of the Hyderabad tournament, which starts tomorrow,
following reports of a threat by extremist group
Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said: 'This was an incredibly tough decision and one we didn't take lightly.
India is unhappy with the decision. Really? Gee, you think they could have at least 'condemned' it or have been 'gravely concerned'. Something. This is a travesty and an insult to all who were killed or terrorized by these attacks. To add insult to injury, the Indian government is making arrangements for the last surviving Mumbai terrorist to get a visit from his Pakistani Mum. (I wonder how many Indian children wish they could have a visit from their parents but can't because the ir parents were killed by Kasab and his group of murderers.)
"...a high court ordered the release of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the
founder of an outlawed militant group which was accused of organising
an assault on the Indian city of Mumbai in November, his lawyer said.
New Delhi had earlier urged nuclear-armed rival Pakistan "dismantle
the infrastructure of terrorism" after the Mumbai attacks killed 166
people and said it was "unhappy" with Saeed’s release.
It is also likely to dismay the United States which has been alarmed
by deteriorating security in an ally whose help it needs to defeat Al
Qaeda and subdue the Taliban in Afghanistan."
Even as details regarding the financial transactions -- which
financed the November 26 terror attacks -- emerge, another man who the
police suspect could be associated with the financing has been put on
the radar of investigating agencies.
Khameez Obaid, a resident of Dubai who was arrested by the Hyderabad Police for possessing fake currency
worth Rs 2.36 crore, is said to be involved in financing the 26/11
attack in Mumbai.
Obaid was held by the Hyderabad Police on August 25, 2007 -- the same day the twin blasts rocked the city.
Obaid will be crucial to the Mumbai Police, who are trying to crack
the network which financed the Mumbai terror attack. Sources told
rediff.com that Obaid may be interrogated by the Mumbai Police
regarding the financial links to the attack.
During interrogation, Obaid is believed to have revealed the names
of several people involved in financing terror in India. The Hyderabad
cops say it does not appear that Obaid was directly involved in any act
of terror -- he confined his operations only to financing.
had to be re-arrested immediately after his release since a link to the
Mumbai attack was emerging. He is believed to be closely linked to
Abdul Azeez, the man who funded the Mumbai attack. The Mumbai Police is
likely to interrogate him regarding his links to Azeez, who has now
been sentenced to life by an Oman court for planning terror strikes in
During interrogation, Obaid revealed that he was part of a
Bangladeshi group, which actively financed terror in India. A large
chunk of the money, he had been sent across, was from Dubai where he
was based prior to his visit to Hyderabad. He is said to have
transferred crores of rupees through the sea route to Mumbai, which was
later distributed to other parts of the country.
Apart from the Mumbai Police, cops from Bangalore, Delhi and Gujarat are also likely to seek his custody.
The FIA chief did not provide details of the investigations into the
Mumbai terror strikes and attacks on Gen Musharraf and Marriott Hotel,
but said these had been completed. He said Pakistan had
arrested five suspects of the Mumbai attacks and they would be
charge-sheeted by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
P.S. They sure took their sweet time about it, didn't they?
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday the peace
process with neighbouring Pakistan would remain on hold unless it
prosecuted those behind last year’s attacks on Mumbai, AFP reports.
and India began a slow-moving peace process in February 2004 but it
came to a halt after New Delhi blamed the November attacks, in which
166 people were killed, on the Pakistan-based militant organisation
New Delhi has said it has ‘overwhelming
evidence’ that ‘official agencies’ in Pakistan were involved in
plotting and carrying out the attacks, an apparent reference to such
Pakistani institutions as its spy agency and army.
demand is that Pakistan must take effective steps to bring the culprits
of the Mumbai attack to book before we can resume the talks,’ Singh
told reporters in the southern city of Chennai, where he was
campaigning in India’s general elections.
India has in the past
accused Pakistan of not doing enough to dismantle training camps and
infrastructure on its soil allegedly used for launching attacks across
their common border.
(I missed this earlier because I was so disgusted with the whole Pakistani mess I had to take a break from the action. I'm back now. And if I thought I was disgusted before? Imagine if this happened in your neighborhood. What would you do?)
action was ordered by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief for Orakzai
Agency, Hakeemullah Mehsud, after the deadline given to the Sikh
community for payment of Jazia passed on Wednesday.
the Sikh community had postponed its decision about vacating the area
following the demand of the Tehrik-i-Taliban for payment of ‘Jazia’
being non-Muslims for their protection.
They gathered in the
Merozai area to finalise their decision for leaving the area, but a
dispute erupted over the issue among them and the meeting was postponed
The Taliban had asked the Sikh community living
in the tribal area for centuries earlier this month to pay annual Jazia
because ‘Sharia had been enforced in the area and every non-Muslim had
to pay protection money’.
The Sikh community comprising 30 to 35
families shifted from the Feroze Khel area to the nearby Merozai in
Lower Orakzai Agency because they could not arrange Rs150 million
demanded by the Taliban.
The Taliban had forcibly occupied
shops of two Sikh businessmen, Sewa Singh and Kalak Singh, and houses
of several Sikhs to force them to pay Jazia. Later, the Sikh community
refused to pay Jazia and decided to leave Orakzai and settle in some
Most of tribal families belonging to a particular
sect have also migrated to different parts of Hangu and Kohat due to
the fear of Taliban.
Oh, this is a cluster fark of the first water right here. Hillary sounds the alarm that the nukes might not be so safe after the US gives the Indian government 'high level assurances that the nukes are totally safe'. Unh-huh. Does anybody have a reset button handy?
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton raised the ultimate scare this
weekend saying the "unthinkable" could actually happen in Pakistan — that
the Taliban and Al Qaeda could topple the government, giving them "the keys to
the nuclear arsenal".
In an interview in Baghdad, she said the US
would not "let this go on any further, which is why we're pushing so hard for
the Pakistanis to come together around a strategy to take their country
Clinton's statement raised eyebrows in India, because it came
just a few days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared, at an election
rally, that he had been "assured" that Pakistan's nuclear weapons were safe.
Singh's announcement came as a response to BJP's concerns on the issue. He said,
"We have been assured that Pakistan's nuclear weapons are in safe hands as of
now. And I have no reason to disbelieve the assurance."
did not name the source of his assurance, its clear that it would have to be the
US at a very high level. The PM had recently met US President Barack Obama in
London and officials said Pakistan was very much part of the
Besides, as Indian officials say, apart from Pakistan,
the US is the only country that has close to intimate knowledge of Pakistan's
Indian officials say whenever India has asked the US
about the security of Pakistan's N-arsenal, the US confidently reassures them
that the weapons are "safe". In fact, Mike Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs
of staff, had said not long ago that he was "reasonably confident that the
nuclear weapons were secure". But on Saturday, Clinton said the danger was that
the weapons were "dispersed" all over the country.
Pakistan's top civilian security official says authorities have arrested a fifth suspect in last year's deadly siege of Mumbai. Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik says Shahid Jamil Riaz was arrested in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.
Mr. Riaz is alleged to have maintained financial accounts and helped
plan the November attack, which killed 164 people in India's commercial
Mr. Malik further said Monday that Pakistan needs more information
from India to aid its investigation. He says five of nine suspects are
in custody. He did not say when Mr. Riaz was picked up.
Pakistan on Monday sought more specific information from India on its probe into
the Mumbai attacks, saying the details provided earlier were not sufficient to
carry forward its
A month after
India gave replies to 30 questions posed by Islamabad on the Mumbai terror
strikes, Pakistan Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik told reporters here that
New Delhi's response did not contain details related to SIM cards used by
terrorists as well as the GPS
He said Pakistan
also wants copy of the full chargesheet filed against the lone surviving
attacker, Ajmal Amir Kasab, and information on any Indian national involved in
the Mumbai attacks.
A Pakistani money transfer agent in the northern Italian city of
Brescia has denied any involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks which
killed 173 people last November. Mohammed Yaqub Janjua is the owner of
the Madina Trading telephone centre and Western Union branch which was
allegedly used by a collaborator linked to the attacks. Yaqub was referring to Javed Iqbal, a 46 year-old Pakistani
national, who was recently arrested in Pakistan for allegedly being one
of the main conspirators behind the Mumbai attacks.
According to media reports, Iqbal, a resident of the Spanish city
of Barcelona, is alleged to have travelled to Brescia and transferred
238 dollars to a US address in the state of New Jersey, in the name of
Nizar al-Sharif. From there it was allegedly used to buy five telephones, three of which were used in the Mumbai bombings.
According to a report in The Times of India, the US Federal Bureau
of Investigation revealed that the handlers used VoIP (Voice over
Internet Protocol) calling platforms registered in the US, as well as
numbers with an Austrian prefix. Reports also said the US number was used to route calls to terrorists in India.
The FBI said the US number was set up through a US telecom company called Callphonex, which facilitates Internet VOIP calls. The account with Callphonex was allegedly set-up by a man called
Kharak Singh, who claimed to be of Indian nationality. However, an
individual named Mohammed Ashfaq is said to have activated the account
after a moneygram was transferred under his name. The payment was made from Yaqoub's agency in Brescia.
When questioned about his security standards at his money transfer
agency and how it was possible that Iqbal sent the money using a fake
passport, Yaqub told AKI that the Pakistani suspect fulfilled the
requirements to send money through his agency.
"At least 30 people come and go every day to send money, this is not a question of security," Yaqub said. "I don't know how to tell the difference between a real or fake
passport. I just saw a Pakistani passport, it was old because I know
now they have new ones, and also, if the document is not valid, the
system does not allow me to send the money."
However, he also told AKI that in order to send money, the only
thing that was required was an official document such as an Italian
identity card, permit of stay, or foreign passport, and an address in
Italy, which Iqbal provided. "The man gave me an original passport as far as I'm concerned and
provided me with an address here in Brescia, Via Milano 125. If an
Englishman came to send money, and he gave me his passport and address
of the hotel where he was staying, then he too could send money," said
Yaqub, who has been running the agency for more than 10 years, said
he would never have suspected that Iqbal was involved in the Mumbai
bombings. He also told AKI that his business was routinely checked by Italy's finance police and they had never found any problems. "There are so many Javid Iqbals in Pakistan and here in this
country. If a person comes to send money, I only see this, but I don't
know his intentions, especially when he only sent such a small amount
(229 dollars), we don't ask him 'What will you do with the money?" he
American terrorism experts are now warning that the
next major attack on the US soil may come from militants associated
with Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and not al-Qaeda.
the deputy national security adviser for counterterrorism in the Bush
administration, told the Chicago Tribune that even before the Mumbai
terrorist attacks last November, the FBI and other US intelligence
agencies were focusing on LeT as the next big threat to US security.
are and should be concerned about the threat LeT poses, given its
global network,’ said Zarate in an interview published on Sunday. ‘It
doesn’t just reside in South Asia. It is an organization that has
potential reach all over the world, including the US.’ The
report claimed that the LeT threat had become one of the most crucial
national security and diplomatic challenges for the Obama
administration and Congress.
Bruce Riedel, chairman of the
Obama administration's Pakistan-Afghanistan strategy review team, said
he believed such a ‘global jihadist syndicate’ of disaffected young
Pakistanis was the most likely mechanism for launching an attack on US
Riedel said Mumbai was only the latest of several
attacks by such militants on soft targets frequented by Americans,
including hotels in Kabul and Islamabad.
FBI Director Robert
Mueller also highlighted the concern in a recent speech, saying US
authorities fear a Mumbai-style commando attack on the mainland and
that such militants from ‘less well-known terrorist groups are merely
an e-ticket away from the United States.’
chief Donald Van Duyn recently told Congress that the bureau was
investigating ‘a limited number’ of people in the US with suspected
links to the Lashkar but that there was no evidence the group had an
organized US presence.
The Tribune reported that Washington
wants Pakistan not only to dismantle LeT but also other similar groups
founded during the Afghan war or later to fight India in Kashmir.
US and allied intelligence, the report claimed that potentially tens of
thousands of Pakistanis have been trained in Lashkar’s guerrilla camps
in Pakistan, many of whom have gone on to work with Al Qaeda.
includes a small number of US residents, some of whom are believed to
have returned to the United States. Nearly a dozen Americans, including
many members of the so-called Virginia jihad network, have been
convicted in US courts for training at Lashkar camps and conspiring to
provide material support to the group.
Yet, America’s main
concern is the thousands of disaffected Westerners and Pakistanis in
Britain and other countries in Europe who travel frequently to
Pakistan, the report added. Citizens of these countries do not need a
visa for coming to the United States.
The report claimed that
an unknown number of those have trained in Lashkar camps and, after
getting indoctrinated in its hatred of the West and returning home,
they were free to travel to the United States with virtually no
The report quoted US authorities as saying
that the Lashkar is in many ways a bigger threat than Al Qaeda, whose
leadership is on the run from numerous CIA airstrikes in the Pakistani
When international pressure mounted on Pakistan
after the terrorist attack on India's Parliament in December 2001 and
the finger of blame was pointed to the LeT, the Pakistani security
establishment told Western nations, including the US and Britain, that
it would keep a tight check on the group as it could not be wound up,
diplomatic sources said.
"The Western powers were told that
the LeT had an extensive network within Pakistan and any effort to root
it out could lead to massive security problems within the country. Thus
it would not be possible to wind up the group," a diplomatic source,
who was aware of details of the assurance given by Pakistan's security
set-up to countries like Britain said.
"The Western countries
were told that the security establishment would instead establish a
cordon sanitaire around LeT camps. So even if people were still
training within these camps, they would not be able to move about
freely to carry out attacks anywhere," the source said.
Update: Want to learn more about the LeT menace in our midst? Thanks to my twin, Janice over at You Heard it Here... for this quality linkage providing more background and color on this bunch.
In honor of International Women's Day let's see what Ladie's Night is like in Islam. Just for fun.
Girls study computer technology in Swat. ->
Pakistan: "Terrified, locked up at home and courting death if they go
out alone, women oppressed by extremists in Swat have nothing to
celebrate on International Women's Day. Nearly 100 years
after the annual day was created to mark the struggle for equal rights
for half the world’s population, most women in Swat look blank and go
silent when asked about gender rights and discrimination.
too frightened to speak in public. They can only leave the confines of
their homes accompanied by a male relative, their bodies hidden in
‘How can I tell you my name, are you crazy? I was told not
to give my name to anyone because the Taliban could hurt me,’ one girl
in the ninth grade told AFP by telephone from the former ski resort.The
girl’s dreams of becoming a doctor are over. She worries the Taliban
will stop her finishing school, regardless of her parents’ support."
India J&K - "All-female paramilitary police units are to be deployed in Kashmir during the
Indian general elections next month to prevent female Islamist vigilantes
from intimidating women voters who refuse to wear the veil.
The move aims to counter the Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), (editor's note: 'Millat' means Islamic Nation and is equivalent to Third Reich) an all-woman Muslim
group that is opposed to Indian rule – and to women wearing Western-style
clothes.." In this pic DeM members protest French hijab laws - in India.
The Khyber region of Pakistan: Omar Farooq,
the commander of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Khyber Agency, warned the
National Database and Registration Authority that its offices would be attacked
if it issued identity cards to women.
Farooq told reporters on phone
from an unknown location that making identity cards for women went against
Islamic rules. The Taliban will not allow women to obtain these cards, he said.
He also warned women that they
would have to face the consequences if they went to NADRA offices to get
themselves registered for the identity cards.
Chechnya: President pays cash for all babies born on March 8. MALE BABIES, that is. (editor's note: Ironic, isn't it that March 8th is also International Women's Day?)Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Tuesday promised a cash payout of 50,000 rubles ($1,400) to the families of all boys born in Chechnya on March 8, the birthday of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. "I will ask parents to name these boys after Mohammed," Kadyrov said, Itar-Tass reported...Kadyrov advocates polygamy for Chechens, although it is forbidden under Russian law, and last month he issued a decree limiting alcohol sales in Chechnya to only two hours every day."
That Movie: How The Innocence of Muslims Was Made When struggling actor Tim Dax was hired to star in a swords-and-sandals movie titled Desert Warrior, he was just happy to have the job. One year later, Dax and the rest of the film’s cast and crew would look on in horror as The Innocence of Muslims—a crudely dubbed version of the movie they thought they were making—ignited protests across the Arab world and controversy at home. Speaking with many of the film’s principals, Michael Joseph Gross reports on a story as old as Hollywood itself: a pursuit of fame and fortune that ended in tears.
Pravda to Americans: Never Give Up Your Guns "These days, there are few few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bare arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions."