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Wrapping up its first phase of probe in the 26/11 strike, Mumbai Police has filed chargesheet against the lone captured terrorist Ajmal Kasab and 37 others, a majority of whom were Pakistani nationals who are all still wanted.
This include only two Indian nationals--Fahim Ansari and Sabbauddin-- who are already in custody of police.
Now the question is why is chargesheet so silent on Local Support? Earlier Mumbai police commissioner Hasan Gafoor had said 16 Indians were part of the 26/11 terror plot which of course later he retracted.
Here are excerpts from transcripts of questions and Gafoor's answers :
Q: Sir what is your comment on the 30 questions put by Pakistan government on 26/11?
A: We have not received any official comminication. Let the report come to us than we will be able to comment on it.
Q: In such a big attack there must definitely be local support?
A: Yes, we have arrested the two - Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed.
Q: Besides the two was there any other logistical support?
A: Yes, we identified a few who had acted much earlier.
Q: Are they from Mumbai?
A: No, from North India. They had done reccee, financial support, arms training etc. We have given the names of these 16 to Pakistan.
Q: Why should we give these Indian names to Pakistan?
A: Because they have gone to Pakistan and disappeared.
Q: Do the 16 include the nine dead terrorists?
A: No, they are 16 wanted fellows.
Q: Sir it is big breaking news. For the first time you have revealed there are 16 more? (This question is asked twice)
A: Yes, I don't remember exact numbers, they may be 14-15.
Its really difficult to believe that operation of this magnitude can happen without local support. This is what NSG Chief said during operations
"They knew the layout plan of the hotel (Taj Mahal) too well. They entered rooms where there were too many doors. The terrorists navigated inside the hotel much easily as compared to the NSG commandos.”
How is this possible without local support?
Has UPA govt. fallen so low that they have considered votebank politics above national interest! Country deserves to know who these 16 Local Supporters are? They belong to which Organisation? etc...
This should be read in continuation of this
Standard & Poor's sniffed at all the extra borrowing, which has raised India's total deficit to about 12% of its gross domestic product, and revised the country's outlook downward to negative from stable. While S&P reaffirmed its BBB- rating, Takahira Ogawa, the analyst who recommended the change, says the ratings agency (which, like BusinessWeek, is owned by The McGraw-Hill Cos. (MHP)) would be watching India's fiscal condition closely for the next few months. "We see more possibility for a downgrade later on down the line," he says. "In a sense, this is a warning."
Any more large expenditures announced by the government could trigger a downgrade, says Ogawa. One big problem: BBB- is the lowest investment grade rating. If S&P does downgrade India, then the country would have a junk rating. That would mean the government would have to pay a painfully high yield on any bonds it issues, both overseas and domestically.
Thank you PM and FM.....
In political life, Sajjad Ghani Lone & Yasin Malik may favor equidistant from India and Pakistan and demand independence of the Kashmir valley from India and Pakistan. But on matters of Heart, they have certainly decided to side with Pakistan.
Sajjad Ghani Lone has wed the daughter of JKLF Leader Amanullah Khan from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. While, recently Yasin Malik tied the knot with Britain-born Pakistani girl Mushaal Mullick.
Yasin Malik's wife Mushall Mullick is a post-graduate from the London School of Economics and an artist by heart, is the daughter of Rehana Hussain, chief of the Muslim League (women’s wing).
Now the key question is how is going to balance his wife's art and artistic soul & his Islamic fundamentalist Ideology? From his wifes website, it seems her art work and paintings normally surrounds at the raw beauty of the feminine charm and as far I know all Islamic militants who donot hesitate to punish women not clad in burqa would consider her work and paintings unacceptable & pornographic.
I hope her paintings will encourage him to change the mind set of her husband militant’s friends and they will stop doing all terrorists work, suppression of women and won’t stop girls from going to school and stop bombing girl’s schools in future.
Or is it what Yassin malik donot practice what is he profess?
Paintings of Mushaal Mullick from herewebsite
The Drop of Beauty...
Mr Prime Minister, you were selected, not elected by the people, for just one reason, that you posed no threat to anyone in the Congress party. You were not selected for your excellent PhD or for your integrity; not even for your competence as a civil servant. You were considered the least of all evils. Yet, the educated middle class, including I, celebrated your appointment for we all respected your integrity, credibility and competence, and thought you would bring these to bear on your new job.
Today, after four years in office and after India has witnessed an act of war on its own soil, your government has lost all credibility with the people, and the buck stops with you. You are scared to even name Pakistan in your speeches in spite of the so-called irrefutable evidence you claim to have; nay, in fact, each time you say something publicly about this now, it sounds like a condolence message, not something that inspires confidence. Economic reforms stopped long ago, for your allies didn’t want them; there are many ministers in your cabinet who have perfected Wal-Mart’s cash-and-carry model and you can’t do a damn about it. You have failed on all counts as a leader. So, at least now, when India is under attack on its own soil, please act. And if you can’t act, please get out of the way and allow someone more effective to run the country.
In any district, where there is any act of violence, normally the district magistrate and the superintendent of police get shifted out. As PM, can you not sack or transfer your national security adviser, the Intelligence Bureau chief, the Coast Guard director general, the navy chief—can you or can you not get rid of your entire top brass and send a signal down the line? The signal you are now sending with your inaction is: don’t bother doing your job, for even if the country gets attacked, we won’t touch you.
You have personally demonstrated integrity, but what use is that alone, when almost every key minister in your cabinet is treating every file as an opportunity for cash flows? Are you telling us you don’t know that your telecom, environment and shipping ministries are the home of organized mafias looting the exchequer? What use is it telling us, “Look, I am personally honest, but I’m presiding over a band of dacoits, murderers and thugs. I am only the prime minister and can’t do anything about it”?
What use is it to head a government, Mr PM, when you can’t even protect your citizens from terror, which is the first function of any government? When you can’t act against incompetence or organized corruption in your own cabinet? Is the PM’s job so important beyond the call of your conscience that you want to hang on to it at any cost? Sir, may I remind you that you are holding a trust, not just an office.
Rashid Ahmed, a prominent minister under Pervez Musharraf and Nawaz Sharif, boasted on Pakistan TV just a few weeks ago that he ran camps to train fighters. Our actors and assorted builders all seem perfectly capable of accessing Dawood Ibrahim at will, yet we don’t have the guts to take him out. Your home minister kept combing his hair and did nothing more as India reeled under attacks and you tolerated him because loyalty to a family was more important than the blood of innocent people.
Scores of journalists have published details of the terror network including names and addresses and every time, the Pakistani government has brazenly denied them. Don’t forget it denied the existence of its nuclear programme, too, for years. How can you expect it to suddenly confess, when for most of the previous two decades, ISI and Pakistan’s army have nurtured jihadis to fight its proxy wars in Kashmir and Afghanistan? Today, the monster is so big that ISI can’t control it even if it wants to.
Even with the most sophisticated intelligence and security systems, history suggests that you cannot stop an indoctrinated suicide bomber. But that doesn’t mean we don’t put those systems in place, at least to serve as deterrents to many more who would otherwise be tempted to take a shot. Convince the nation, give us one good reason to believe that such an attack won’t happen again.
We don’t need a Rambo today, so please don’t attack Pakistan in the heat of the moment, for we all know the limits of hard power after the US misadventure in Iraq. Can you not pour money into technology and arm our security agencies (the Chinese spent $6 billion on security during the Olympics alone), invest in setting up a highly sophisticated counter-intelligence agency, get the Mossad to train our commandos, step up the diplomatic offensive at every forum to isolate Pakistan and, most importantly, come down heavily on corruption at all levels, starting with your cabinet? Can you not ensure simple reforms in the criminal justice system (which scores of committees such as Malimath have outlined) to ensure certainty of punishment for any offence from pickpocketery to terror? Can you not lead legislation to keep criminals out of politics and try to stem the flow of illegal money into campaign funding?
If not, then what use is it being a prime minister if, even after reaching the very top, you can’t do a damn in an hour of national crisis? Soon, all this will be forgotten and it will be back to business as usual. But then, history will judge you. If you have some conscience left, please do something. Don’t forget, “mind without heart, intelligence without conduct, cleverness without goodness are all tools, but only for mischief”.
The author is an IAS officer. The views expressed here are personal. Your comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
P. Chidambaram’s speech in Lok Sabha on this letter
“He (Kumar) cited an article allegedly written by an IAS officer. I have read the article. I do not know whether the name of that author given in that article is a true name or a pseudo name. I do not know whether he is an IAS officer. All I know is either he is a disloyal officer or a coward or both. If he had the courage, he should write the letter, sign in his own name and send it to the Prime Minister. But I hope they (BJP) do not encourage such officers; they did not encourage them when they were in power. So what is the point of citing a pseudonymous or anonymous author’s article taking shelter under it and running away when the reply is to be delivered?”
(Source: Parliament’s official reporters’ draft transcript)
There has been speculation that higher-up's at HT succumbed to political pressure from higher-up's in the same political party to have RN removed after the publication of this article.
Oscar acceptance Speech of Resul Pookutty
"I dedicate this award to my country. This is not just a sound award but a piece of history that has been handed over to me. I come from a country and civilisation that gave the world the word that precedes silence and is followed by more silence. That word is 'Om'. So I dedicate this award to my country," "a beaming and emotional Pookutty said while dedicating the trophy to a billion Indians.
Nation is proud of you.... If only Mother India has more sons like y0u who is so proud of it and its achievement!
A nun who was caught on a cellphone video clip having sex in a hospital room in Kochi has been stripped of her nunhood and sent back home.
The incident that happened at the hospital run by the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) at Aluva has left the clergy stunned.
The 37-year-old nun hailing from Alappuzha had attained nunhood 20 years ago and was employed as a receptionist of the hospital, according to a senior hospital official. “Some of our well-wishers rang us up and said they had come across a familiar face in a video that was being circulated,’’ she said when contacted over phone.
The church authorities inspected the clip and found that there was substance in the allegation. When the nun was shown the video she admitted that the woman in the film was indeed her. The nun was having an affair with the hospital driver.
“She also revealed that they had sex in a room in the hospital, but that she had no idea that the encounter was being filmed,’’ the source said.
However, there are also indications that the video may have been taken by a third person. The nun was repentant and agreed to renounce nunhood.
“I can only say that she is no more with us and is back home,’’ the source said. She also said that the driver was well-behaved and had taken up the employment only about four months ago.
The Washington Post said on Sunday citing an article by investigative journalist Steve Coll set for publication in New Yorker magazine.
Coll, a former Washington Post managing editor, writes that the resolution of the Kashmir issue was the cornerstone of a broad agreement. Under the plan, the Kashmir conflict would have been resolved through the creation of an autonomous region in which local residents could move freely and conduct trade on both sides of the territorial boundary.
The attempt ultimately failed, not because of substantive differences, Coll writes, but because declining political fortunes left then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf without the clout he needed to sell the agreement at home.
With the offer to make Kashmir a Autonomous territory, UPA has made a joke of Indian Parliamentary Systems.
In 1994, Indian Parliament has unanimously passed resolution declaring entire Jammu & Kashmir that includes the territories illegally occupied by Pakistan and China as an integral part of India.
SHAME! with congress party at helm... We dont need Pakistan to try disintegrate India!