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10 December, 2008

Pakistan might just prefer to attack India?

What do terror strikes in Mumbai, New York, Delhi, London, Jaipur, Paris, Russia, Afghanistan, Nepal & Iraq have in common? “Pakistan” and its links. And yet, lack of evidence and proof are buzz words to buy time. Even though Pakistan is under pressure from India, USA & Israel to rage an urgent war on terrorist outfits breeding in their country, is this really the best option they have?

zardariCome to think of it, one cannot realistically expect Pakistan’s Civilianย  government to rage this war on terror for a number of reasons. They are newly elected, have little control over their own Army – which is threatens a coup , already under criticism & struggling on their offensive on western front with Al Qaeda factions – they once help establish, a beleaguered economy with immense curruption pleading a bail-out from IMF , confused sentiments on deciding friends & foe and a now being cornered to capture & extradite other terrorist factions on their eastern front.

Even if the terrorists from the “India’s Most wanted” list were to be handed over, it will expose their government’sManmohan Singh depth of support and seal their fate as a “Terrorist state” which is what really explains Pakistan’s refusal to hand them over. Afterall, what is the Pakistan minister trying to defend when he says they are “…Ready for a war on India” ? … the terror camps in PoK? With a sword hanging on their heads, perhaps a war with India is their only remaining option. This can potentially get them public sentiment on soveriegn grounds, unification with mercenaries who will actively fight against India, perhaps even cause historic damage with their nuclear misadventures and most importantly divert the whole agenda of abetting terrorism.

While this may be just a point of view, its only fair to set expectations from Pakistan to avoid procastination, heart burn and prepare for a united war against terrorism and those abetting terror. Its for global leaders to stop talking and unite in fighting this war on ground. This is not the bilateral issue of Kashmere anymore, its not a war against a nation, its a multilateral issue of global terror and this time the biggest democracies have spoken their sentiments loud enough.

A war for the future of Peace? Perhaps.

1 December, 2008

The new face of global terror

Mumbai is not new to terror attacks and gang wars. The 26/11 terror attack however, in many ways has introduced a new face of terror. The city’s gentry which always felt secured in the luxury of five star hotels had to face an ordeal they had never imagined. Gone are the days when a terrorist was perceived to be illiterate, elderly, covered his face, used crude makeshift weapons and was often conspicuous in elite areas.

Terror in Mumbai

Terror in Mumbai

The modern day terrorist is much dangerous & global. These guys are highly trained in modern combat with sophisticated weaponry, speak fluent English, have detailed strategy to hit targets, have sleeper cells, wear urban & youthful attire, experts in cyberspace management and more ruthless than ever before. It was shocking to see their meticulous planning being implemented and how they managed to keep the highly trained commandos at bay for nearly 60 hours. Global leaders now realize that they are not immune to terror strikes anymore and if they don’t plug it right away, they will soon be at the receiving end. It is imperative for a strong polictical will to be formed and unified action be taken. However,ย a genuine thought crosses the heart – should only the governments be responsible to counter such terror? When have we last stopped to help an injured person on the road? When did we last sound an alarm when something suspicious happened in the neighbourhood? If we are not immune to such acts of cruelty, should we not come together to help each other? Should the politicians just be allowed to take cheap publicity from such carnage? If such dramatic change in extremism needs a major change in human attitudes, are we really ready to counter the new face of global terror?

Update: A recent story on IBNlive quoting Washington Post’s article that describes the recent recruitment trend of terror outfit (Lashkar). This further ratifies the new face of global terror. Some excerpts…

“The profile of those joining the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba is changing,” the Washington Times said citing Brig. Gen. Mahmood Shah, who served the Pakistani Army in the largely ungoverned tribal areas along Pakistan’s porous border with Afghanistan. “We have doctors and engineers and computer specialists working for us,” says a militant commander.

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