The Mumbai carnage

Updated Jul 19, 2013 07:36am

LONG ago, a Brooklyn court in the US sent summons asking our ISI Chief, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, his predecessor Nadeem Taj and Hafiz Saeed (LeT) to appear in a case of attack on Bombay.

Our then PM said that they would not be sent unless they consented to go.

He spoke in the parliament that if they did not want to appear before the court, then no one could force them. Some comments were also made against the top head of our most valuable institution.

The case for which the chief of our ISI was being summoned was the same in which only one actor had survived. He was Ajmal Kasab, the sole survivor of the so-called ten terrorists who attacked Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008.

The story was that some time back, a Pakistani, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, had made a plan somewhere.

Nobody knew who they were and what plans they made. To start with, India accused Pakistan of having attacked India’s mainland with ten men.

It unleashed a media onslaught at the world level calling it something similar to the 9/11 attacks of 2001. Indians went all out to distort the image of Pakistan by labelling it as the “epicentre of extremism”.

Mr Parnab, the Indian external minister started preparing dossiers against Pakistan. The world did not realise that a 10-man assault could not attack so many targets and kill nearly 170 people.

According to ‘India Today’ of Aug 11, 2008, Muhammad Afzal Guru was then in Tihar Jail in solitary confinement in Delhi.

The Supreme Court of India had fixed Oct 20, 2006 for him to be hanged. He was apprehended for the so-called attack on the Indian Parliament on Dec 13, 2001.

Indian Officer Satish Verma has commendably been very bold in unveiling the truths about parliament 2001, and Mumbai Nov 26, 2008.

BRIG (RETD) A.Q ANJUM Rawalpindi


Do you have information you wish to share with Dawn.com? You can email our News Desk to share news tips, reports and general feedback. You can also email the Blog Desk if you have an opinion or narrative to share, or reach out to the Special Projects Desk to send us your Photos, or Videos.

More From This Section

Al Qaeda in S. Asia

Al Qaeda is on the backfoot, and is hard pressed to prove its relevance in a changing world with the spectacular ...

Revolution no solution

IN the present political situation, every person wants a revolution of some sort in the country. It almost seems ...

Attack on PTV

This refers to the letter on the above issue (Sept 14).I would not like to comment whether the attack on PTV was...

Comments (7) (Closed)


Shubs
Jul 19, 2013 12:54pm

One understands that most Pakistanis are clutching at straws that enable them to face the world without the label of being citizens of the world's foremost terrorist nation. But, c'mon Anjum Saab, you're a retired Army man, one well versed with geopolitics, one assumes. You, of all people, should know better than to give credence to cock and bull theories like the US being responsible for 9/11 and India being responsible for 26/11. This puts you in the same league as Zaid Hamid. And I don't think any reasonable educated Pakistani wants to be him, at least that's my assumption. This story is so discredited that no media house worth its salt touched it with a barge-pole after TOI brought out that tiny article. Shouldn't this have been the BIGGEST scoop for the international media this half of 2014, knowing how big a story 26/11 was all over the world? Unfortunately, even Dawn hasn't cared to follow up. The only ones who are jumping up and down are Pakistani commentators. Again, one understands why. But please, put your brain before your heart sometimes.

Zeel
Jul 19, 2013 12:55pm

I know that Satish Verma's so-called statement has sent all conspiracy theorists in Pakistan over the moon. But it may be calarified that there is no statement as such. Another officer has stated that Mr. Satish Verma is of doubtful character as he was of the opinion that the Parliament and Mumbai attack was the handiwork of Indian govt. In short the affidavit meant to say that Satish Verma is a nutcase.

Abhinav
Jul 19, 2013 04:08pm

Brigadier Sahab .. Kamal karte hain aap bhi. Aap to sach jante hi hoge, fir bhee.. wo kehte hain na ki " Dil ke bahlane ko Ghalib ye khayal achha hai .. Ek verma ne kaha hai ke concpiracy theory sachha hai".

javed qamer
Jul 19, 2013 07:15pm

It is strange that all the responses to the above article are by Indians. It shows the generosity of Pakistani newspapers.
I am sure the samjhota express episode is still fresh in everyones mind. Also the Gujarat massacres which were caused by Indians lighting fire in a train and the muslim's were blamed. Please read Arandhuta Roys article on Indians complicity in atrocities committed in India by Indian government.

Avtar
Jul 19, 2013 09:25pm

With respect to your title, President Mushraff also categorically denied that OBL was not in Pakistan! Crazies with machine guns can kill a lot in heavily populated places like Railway stations and closed areas such as hotels of India and Pakistan. With plane attacks on world trade towers killed more than 3,000 innocents in 2001.

Zee Paki
Jul 19, 2013 10:30pm

Pakistani investigators were never given access to Kassab when he was alive. We have seen his footage asking forgiveness from Bhagwan - something a muslim and that too a fundamentalist would never do. And now an Indian official who is in the know discloses that Indian military agencies where behind this, yet our Indian friends accuse Pakistanis of conspiracy theorists? Funny, very funny.

Civi varghese
Jul 20, 2013 04:14am

Brigadiar Sir,there is one thinking class of people also in Pakistan.We should not forget it.Why do publish Dawn these cheap articles?