Mumbai Attacks: Who was really responsible?

January 12, 2010

Over a month has passed since the Mumbai attacks yet the blame game has not subsided and several Indian warmongers have gone as far as to say that they are justified to launch airstrikes in Pakistan over the attacks. Only 10 minutes had the attack passed and as usual the Hindutva media machinery came to life blaming Pakistan for the attacks just like in the past. This warmongering still continues as several media outlets have called for open war against Pakistan. The chief of RSS K.S. Sudarshan a Right Wing Hindu Organization even went as far as saying that nuclear war with Pakistan was the only solution to banish evil from India.

However this rhetoric does not change the fact that the reality behind this attack is still shrouded in mystery. And unfortunately the Anti-Pakistani Campaign being built up by the Indian media seems to falling apart as sane minds are coming forward to find the real facts and circumstances behind the attack. Despite the Indian media and Politicians trying their level best to lay the blame on Pakistan’s doorstep by saying that the so called “Ajmal Amir Qasab” the lone surviving terrorist from the incident was from Faridkot in Punjab, Pakistanis remain unmoved and see this as nothing but blame which India is very famous for. Sadly this new Bollywood action movie coming from the Indian media has been met by harsh criticism from the Pakistani side and from Intellectuals and thinkers within India and across the World. Any knowledgeable person who has been looking at history and at India’s habit of blame knows that taking these claims too seriously is not a very wise path. Pakistan or Bangladesh based militants have been blamed for the past 40 major attacks in India. All these militant groups are blamed to be Pakistani by the Hindutva forces and to have links with Pakistan’s Intelligence Service ISI according to the Indian media and politicians. This has been denied constantly in the past by both Pakistan and Bangladesh. The terrorist himself is captured talking in Hindi and even spoke Marathi according to Maharashtra Times. There is absolutely nothing that suggests he is a Pakistani as in Pakistans records there is no family in Faridkot by the name of Qasab and he is not in the government records either.

Is Qasab Hindu or Muslim?

India is also well known and very famous for Muslim and Hindu violence. In 1993 Bal Thakerey the Chief of Shiv Sena ordered his Seniks to destroy a 16th Century Mosque known as the Babri Masjid in Ayodha which led to riots where over 3000 Muslims were killed. Later in 2002 in Gujrat Hindu mobs supported by the Chief Minister of Gujrat Nirender Modi massacred over at least 5000 innocent Muslim civilians. Even since 2008 massive attacks on Christians resulted in 1200 Christians being slaughtered, hundreds of Christian houses and Churches being destroyed and thousands of Christians were forced to flee to refugee camps. All this was after a VHP leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati was killed in an attack claimed by the Maoist rebels but used as an excuse by Hindu terrorists. Therefore such spasms of violence are not uncommon in India and communal tension is very common. Also it is very irrational to assume that there can be no attack in India from within India despite the fact that India comprises almost 1/5 of the World population with such a poor record in terms of its religious tolerance. Despite this for the last 40 attacks it is Pakistan that has been blamed by the Hindutva forces in India and the Anti Pakistan campaign has been fed on by several politicians and the government controlled media in such a way that many Indians are unable to realize and see the facts for themselves.

The first major issue for the soothsayers in India is that all these claims have been proven false on many occasions in the past and have left India with little credibility when it blames a foreign nation. This lack of credibility is a challenge to Indias radicals who seek to portray Pakistan as a terrorist state. A factor contributing to this lack of credibility is the Samjhauta Express Bombings in February 2007 for example where over 50 Pakistanis were killed in a bomb attack on a train carrying passengers from India to Pakistan which was also blamed on Pakistani Lashker E Toiba militants from across the border and Indian leaders claimed it to be supported by ISI. Another attack the Malegaon blasts where the attack was concentrated on a Muslim area and therefore a large number of Muslims were killed was also blamed on ISI. However the carefully thought out Village folk tale suffered a major setback when Hemant Karkare a young police officer in India blew the cover and his investigations clearly proved that Hindu Fanatics were involved in both of these attacks.

According to Mr. Karkares investigations it was found that a Colonel in the Army Srikhant Purohit was responsible for the Samjhauta Express bombings and Karkares investigations were set to implicate even more people in the attacks. Another Sadhvi Pragya was arrested in the case and as a result of these arrests for the first time India saw Hindu terror outfits being implicated for violence even though it is common knowledge among secular Hindus and Minorities that these same Hindu terrorists had attacked Muslims and minorities before. Even more surprising is the fact that it is the same Hemant Karkare who was actually one of the first persons to be killed in the attack that actually lasted for 60 hours, only a day after Hemant Karkare had received death threats from Hindu radicals for his investigations. Several Hindu radical circles celebrated at his death saying that he deserved what he got for ‘framing’ Hindus as no Hindu can be a terrorist. This put the version of events by the media and politicians at stake as several intellectuals questioned it. Several minority leaders said Hindu terrorists were responsible for the attack while the biggest blow came when A.R Antulay, Minister for Minority Affairs demanded an investigation be launched into the murder of Hemant Karkare saying Hindu fanatics were responsible for the attack. For these comments he was forced to resign as it raised a major uproar amongst Hindu leaders who had spread the news of the attack being committed by Pakistanis with their baseless comments. Shiv Sena leaders even suggested Antulay should be hanged as no Hindu could be a terrorist.

As if this was’nt bad enough another fact adding to the Hindu Radical elements worries is the several circles are wondering how the timing of the attack seemed to be just before the state elections. The attacks gave a major boost to the Right Wing Hindu Nationalist Party BJP which is vouching for tougher anti terror laws such as the POTA (Prevention of terrorism act) and is more representative of many Hindu terrorists rather than the minorities. Modi for example is a member of this party even though it is known that he has slaughtered thousands of Muslims in Gujarat.

The Indian Media, Politicians and Police officers have also raised suspicions by giving contradictory statements about the attacks with someone saying one thing and another person saying something else making it hard for people to understand what to believe. For example at first it was being claimed that the attackers had Mauritius and Malaysian ID’s with them but later this was denied by other government officers saying they were from Pakistan. It was also claimed that Deccan Mujahedeen had claimed responsibility for the attack but this was also denied as later the media tried its best to prove Pakistani involvement even though the interviews of the terrorists clearly proved they were from Hyderabad. The media as well continues to say one thing and then contradict itself. This has added to the confusion and the several different versions of events given by Officials seem to point to the fact that something is being definitely hidden.

Jamaat Ud Dawa was blamed to be a terrorist organization and a front for Lashker E Toiba but this was proven untrue when Pakistan’s minority Hindus and Christians marched in its support saying that it was not a terrorist organization in anyway as it had helped them for years and it was an attempt to frame the group. This opinion was voiced by not only Pakistanis across the World who had done social work and knew of its 160 schools and 60000 people who benefitted from its education, healthcare, relief and aid programs but also by BBC which raised questions as to what kind of Islamic terrorists would receive support from different religious minority groups.

The greatest blow and proof that all this is true however comes when the lone surviving terrorist claimed to be of Pakistani origin is caught on tape wearing a band that Hindu terrorists usually wear making the entire scenario extremely suspicious and it throws water on the fire the media and politicians are trying to flare in the name of ‘Pakistani terrorism’ on Indian soil. Not only that but there is enough evidence of him being a very avid speaker of Hindi and he is even fluent in Marathi according to Maharashtra Times which was proven when he spoke to a ward boy in the hospital in Marathi.

In light of all this the Indian terrorist elements seem to be pulling at their hair and screaming in the face of the mounting evidence against them and the response by the elements of not only Pakistani society but of all societies all across the World who want the truth to be exposed. The plot to frame Pakistan for these attacks is wearing thin as intellectuals realize the facts behind the attacks, the suspicious nature behind them and the history of blame. Several people from India themselves have raised the question of the truth behind these attacks and are still trying their level best to get to the real facts.

It is imperative that the Indian government abandon its game and tell its people the truth. Karkare who died to ensure justice and each one of those 170 deserve justice and the only way for them to gain justice is when the governments don’t hide the facts. There is a great amount of evidence that suggests Hindu terrorists were responsible for this attack. Indian people must not be cheated into believing something untrue by the Indian media that they can decide for themselves. An investigation should be launched and links to Hindu terror outfits investigated. The information about who really committed the terrorist attack must be brought forward so that justice can be done.

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