Representative democracies working in tandem to protect themselves from their neighbors.
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Representative democracies working in tandem to protect themselves from their neighbors.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) December 30, 2015
Wilful negligence by the Pakistani government?
The alleged leader of the 2008 militant attacks on Mumbai has won an appeal against his detention in Pakistan.
Lawyers for Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi said a government detention order issued last week infringed his rights, as he had been granted bail by another court.
Analysts say he could be freed as soon as the paperwork is completed.
India says a Pakistani militant group carried out the attacks, which killed 165. Pakistan has not convicted anyone suspected of planning the attacks.
Mr Lakhvi is among seven suspects who have been in jail awaiting trial for six years. Nine others have been charged in absentia.
Analysis: Haroon Rashid, BBC Urdu
The accused won the appeal after the government failed to submit a detailed reply to the court’s queries. A government lawyer sought more time, arguing officials were busy with other pressing engagements so they couldn’t prepare a reply. The accused, lodged in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, is technically a free man until the government develops a new strategy.
The timing of the court judgment couldn’t have been more awkward for the Pakistan government, which is desperately trying to send a message that it has “zero tolerance” to militancy after the Peshawar school massacre. Many fear that the suspension of the detention order limits the government’s options. One last hope could be seeking help of the higher court.
More here H/T: Fjordman
It’s nothing but all out war on the agents of Islam and their jihad.
It’s either that or surrender, and bowing towards the meccan moon god.
PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) – A new Pakistani Taliban group behind this week’s devastating suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said on Wednesday the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next.
At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a bomber tried to get as close as possible to the border in a possible attempt to cause casualties on the Indian side as well.
Ehsanullah Ehsan, a prominent militant and spokesman for the group, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA), said he had warned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that attacks in India were in the pipeline.
“I have already conveyed it to Modi … that if our suicide bombers can carry out attacks on this side of the border, they can easily do it on other side of the border in India,” he told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
The U.S. is not the only player and pal on the playing field.
India is truly a wonderful ally of the Jewish state, and is a partnership that will truly prove beneficial to both nations. If not for inherent Islamic anti-Semitism (that is alien to the Hindi nation except in their Muslim communities), the Middle East would be teeming with economic opportunities and a have a bright future.
Even though the India-Israel relationship has remained low-key, both countries now have leaders at the helm who truly appreciate the benefit of better bilateral ties and are sincerely keen on developing them
The India-Israel relationship which is already warm and robust, is a rapidly growing work-in-progress, grounded in strong foundations of two proud people, united in shared values of democracy, tradition and innovation. In this context, the meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday on the sidelines of the UNGA was historic and ground changing, putting the two nations on a turbo trajectory.
This was the first meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Israel in 11 years, signifying the importance both these leaders attach to cultivating this relationship. It is noteworthy that this was also Mr Netanyahu’s first meeting with any world leader upon arriving in the United States for the UN. As for Mr Modi, there is no doubt that he gets the India-Israel dynamic — He gets how special this relationship is and the prospect that even stronger ties, especially in trade, would be a clear win-win outcome for both nations.
Sunday’s meeting was predominantly focused on increased trade, diplomatic and defense ties between the two nations, and Foreign Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Avigdor Lieberman, who met on Wednesday, expectedly followed-up on the broad proposals discussed between the two Prime Ministers with more specific deals and timeframes.
Two areas received special attention. First, water and agriculture technology: Here, Israel is a world leader and there is a real demand for its know-how in India. Second, defence cooperation: Within this sector, there was special focus on cyber-security, which both leaders identified as a key strategic threat and where both nations have much experience and technology to offer. Mr Netanyahu even extended an offer for India to participate in a joint cyber-defence project, which would unite both the military and civilian high-tech defence sectors. India is already one of Israel’s most important trade partners in defense. In fact, at the same time as the two Prime Ministers were meeting, the ink was just set on an Indian Navy purchase of advanced Israeli missiles from leading Israeli defence company Rafael, in a $143 million deal.
When Israel and India established full diplomatic relations in 1992, bilateral trade was $200 million. Today it is $6 billion. If the current trajectory is continued, by 2020, two-way trade can surpass $10 billion. This has been the culmination of a lot of behind the scenes work and effort from the respective foreign and trade ministries. And even though the India-Israel relationship has remained low-key, both countries now have, at the helm, leaders who truly appreciate the benefit of better bilateral ties and are sincerely keen on developing this.
More here. H/T: GS
The jihad rolls on.
ISIS works to recruit young people in nuclear states India and Pakistan, long disappointed by al-Qaeda’s ageing leaders.
Reuters Published: 09.07.14, 09:16 / Israel News
PESHAWAR/DERA ISMAIL KHAN – Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
A splinter group of Pakistan’s Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded and ruthless Islamic State fighters, who have captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in a drive to set up a self-declared caliphate.
“IS (Islamic State) is an Islamic Jihadi organization working for the implementation of the Islamic system and creation of the Caliphate,” Jamat-ul Ahrar’s leader and a prominent Taliban figure, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told Reuters by telephone. “We respect them. If they ask us for help, we will look into it and decide.”
Islamist militants of various hues already hold sway across restive and impoverished areas of South Asia, but Islamic State, with its rapid capture of territory, beheadings and mass executions, is starting to draw a measure of support among younger fighters in the region.
Al-Qaeda’s ageing leaders, mostly holed up in the lawless region along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, are increasingly seen as stale, tired and ineffectual on hardcore jihadi social media forums and Twitter accounts that incubate potential militant recruits.
Security experts say Islamic State’s increasing lure may have prompted al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri to announce the establishment of an Indian franchise to raise the flag of jihad across South Asia, home to more than 400 million Muslims.
Seeking to boost its influence in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, a local cell with allegiance to Islamic State has been distributing pamphlets in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and eastern Afghanistan in the past few weeks, residents said.
The 12-page booklet called “Fatah” (Victory), published in the Pashto and Dari languages of Afghanistan, was being mainly distributed in Afghan refugee camps on the outskirts of Peshawar.
They understand about the jihad Israel has been facing all its existence.
Hindu-organized protest in Kolkata commemorates the Great Calcutta Killings in 1946, where thousands died
Nearly 20,000 people rallied in support of Israel in India on Saturday in the largest demonstration of its kind, The Times of Israel reported.
Protesters carrying banners with pro-Israel messages gathered in the streets of Kolkata as community leaders made speeches declaring Israel’s right to defend itself against the Islamist group Hamas.
Holding signs reading “Save Israel from jihadi aggression” and “Stop Hamas, Gaza will be peaceful,” the crowd marched and cheered as one of the rally’s organizers delivered a speech.
“The destiny of both India and Israel as thriving democracies are intertwined. We both share the same values,” protest organizer Tapan Ghosh was quoted as saying by The Times of Israel.
Lets see here, aid money finding its way to purchase arms, sounds familiar doesn’t it?
The deal will see Russian-built equipment funded by New Delhi flood into the country as NATO downsizes its operation there.
The Indian Express reports that the deal has been a long time coming, and that the first weapons order has already been placed. The Indian Cabinet only agreed to help the Afghan National Army (ANA) as long as India committed no troops or small arms.
While there were concerns that small arms may find their way into the hands of militants fighting India in Kashmir, they also acknowledged that sending troops would outrage Pakistan and lead to protests.
The jihad is everywhere, on multiple fronts and on many continents, only the ignorant and dutiful ideologues parrot the party line, ”we are not at war with Islam”.
By Frank Jack Daniel and Sanjeev Miglani
BARAMULLA/NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Pakistan-based militants are preparing to take on India across the subcontinent once Western troops leave Afghanistan next year, several sources say, raising the risk of a dramatic spike in tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.
Intelligence sources in India believe that a botched suicide bombing of an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, which was followed within days last week by a lethal cross-border ambush on Indian soldiers in disputed Kashmir, suggest that the new campaign by Islamic militants may already be underway.
Members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit in Pakistan, the group blamed for the 2008 commando-style raid on Mumbai that killed 166 people, told Reuters they were preparing to take the fight to India once again, this time across the region.
And a U.S. counter-terrorism official, referring to the attack in Afghanistan, said “LeT has long pursued Indian targets, so it would be natural for the group to plot against them in its own backyard”.
Given the quiet backing – or at least blind eye – that many militant groups enjoy from Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence services, tensions from a new militant campaign are bound to spill over. Adding to the volatility, the two nations’ armies are trading mortar and gunfire across the heavily militarized frontier that divides Kashmir, and accusing each other of killing troops.
Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947 and came close to a fourth in 1999. The tension now brewing may not escalate into open hostilities, but it could thwart efforts to forge a lasting peace and open trade between two countries that make up a quarter of the world’s population.
But what will Dufus do?
Is the Obama led State Department going to get this one right, instead of what they did in Benghazi, or is another major cock-up with people dead and injured on the horizon?
MUMBAI: The Western Naval command headquarters has alerted the city police about the threat of a bomb attack on the US consulate here on July 21. The intelligence was shared with reference to an anonymous letter received by the consulate-general and American Centre in Kolkata, threatening to attack both places.
A copy of the single-page letter was passed on bySanjay Kumar, command intelligence officer, western naval command. The letter has ‘Al-Jihad’ written on top, much like a logo or the name of an organization. It said US consulate officials are the targets and told the Americansto vacate the consulates. It also said, “We shall carry out blasts in public places and railway stations of Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai in July this year.”
It was unclear when the US consulate received the letter and why July 21 was chosen. Al-Jihad is not known to intelligence agencies but they are taking the threat seriously as terror outfits are known to hide under various names. The input has been shared with the Intelligence Bureauheadquarters and its wings in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Mumbai.
The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) also issued a terror alert, saying the Indian Mujahideen (IM) could target several places to avenge the conviction of and death penalty for its operative, Himayat Mirza Baig, in the German Bakery bomb blast case.
Amitesh Kumar, deputy inspector general of police, ATS, in a two-page alert stated, “In view of the death penalty to Himayat Baig in the German Bakery bomb blast case and the recent blast in Bangalore, retaliation cannot be ruled out. IM can possibly launch a fresh terror strike.”
Kumar said of the likely targets that need special attention are the ones that have already been reconnoitered by terrorists, as revealed during interrogation of the CIA spy-turned-Lashakar-e-Taiba loyalist, David Headley. A National Investigation Agency team had interrogated Headley in the US.
Good riddance I say.
By Matthias Williams | al-Reuters – 18 hrs ago
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India hanged a Kashmiri man on Saturday for an attack on the country’s parliament in 2001, sparking clashes in Kashmir between protesters and police who wielded batons and fired teargas. Dozens of people were injured.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy petition fromMohammad Afzal Guru and he was hanged at 8 a.m. (0230 GMT) in Tihar jail in the capital, New Delhi. Security forces anticipating unrest had imposed a curfew in parts of insurgency-torn Kashmir and ordered people off the streets.
Guru, from the Indian part of divided Kashmir, was convicted of helping organize arms for the gunmen who made the attack and a place for them to stay. He always maintained his innocence.
India blamed the attack on the parliament of the world’s largest democracy on militants backed by Pakistan, targeting the prime minister, interior minister and legislators in one of the country’s worst ever militant attacks.
Pakistan denied any involvement and condemned the attack but tension rose sharply and brought the nuclear-armed rivals dangerously close to their fourth war. Nearly a million soldiers were mobilized on both sides of the border and fears of war only dissipated months later, in June 2002.
The hanging was ordered less than three months after India executed the lone surviving gunman of a 2008 attack in the city of Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.
This is just a continuation of the jihad that’s been slamming upon the Hindu door for 1400 years.
A top Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan leader (TTP) Wali Ur Rehman in a rare video appearance has pledged to send fighters in Kashmir and wage a struggle for implementation of Sharia rule in India.
Wali Ur Rehman, against whom the US has announced a $5 million reward for his involvement in the murder of seven CIA officials in Afghanistan in December 2009, is believed to have said this in a rare video of his along with the TTP chief Hamikullah Mehsud, in which the two militant leaders have for the first time spoken about their ambitions transcending beyond the Af-Pak border taking them to Kashmir, India and the United States as well.
“The practical struggle for a Sharia system that we are carrying out in Pakistan, the same way we will continue it in Kashmir, and the same way we will implement the Sharia system in India too. And this is the only solution for people’s problems,” said Rehman, according to the translation provided by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) of Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a Washington-based think tank.
The 45:52 minute video in Pashto with Urdu subtitles has been produced by Umar Media, the broadcasting arm of TTP. The video is titled as “The False Propaganda of the Dajjali Media Revealed.” It was released to internet on January 6.
According to MEMRI, for the first time perhaps, TTP’s official spokesman Ehsanullah Ihsan is show in the video, which devotes a section towards the last part — on Kashmir.
Claiming that the Jihad launched by the Pakistani Government inside Kashmir has failed to yield any desired result, the TTP video says that it would launch its own jihad in the Valley and talks about sending its own jihadi forces in the Valley.
There’s a pathology at work here.
Muslims are beheading people everywhere, whether it’s the Taliban beheading Pakistani soldiers or Pakistani soldiers beheading Indian soldiers, or a Muslim TV station owner trying to counter negative ‘stereotypes’ of Muslims, beheading his wife.
The possible Muslim connection explored:
By Ross Colvin and Arup Roychoudhury
NEW DELHI | Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:31pm EST
(al-Reuters) – Indian authorities throttled movement in the heart of the capital on Monday, shutting roads and railway stations in a bid to restore law and order after police fought pitched battles with protesters enraged by the gang rape of a young woman.
In an unusual televised address, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for calm following the weekend clashes in New Delhi and vowed to punish the rapists for their “monstrous” crime.
Singh’s government, often accused by critics of being out of touch with the aspirations of many Indians, has been caught off-guard by the depth of the popular outrage as protests have snowballed and spread to other cities. India is seen as one of the most unsafe places in the world to be a woman.
Instead of channeling the outrage, the government has found itself on the defensive over the use of force against the protesters and complaints that it has done little in its eight years in power to create a safer environment for women.
The protests have been the biggest in the capital since 2011 demonstrations against corruption that rocked the government.
“People are not reacting to just one rape case. They are reacting to the general malaise, the frustration with the leadership. There is a feeling that the leadership is completely disconnected,” said political analyst Neerja Chowdhury.
Police barricaded roads leading to India Gate, an imposing Arc de Triomphe-style war memorial in the center of the city, that has become a hub of the protests by mostly college students. Many metro rail stations in fog-shrouded Delhi were also closed, crippling movement around the city of 16 million.
The remaining Muslim terrorist responsible was finally met with justice for his brutal crimes against humanity. Mohammed Ajmal Kasab and his devout Muslim terrorists buddies murdered people left and right with one of the main goals to attack a Chabad House, which are Jewish orthodox outreach centers for the Jewish community world wide.
By ANTHONY BOND
PUBLISHED: 07:50 GMT, 21 November 2012 | UPDATED: 19:58 GMT, 21 November 2012
India executed the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 terror attack on Mumbai early today, the country’s home ministry said.
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was one of 10 gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India’s financial capital for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people.
Kasab was hanged in secrecy at 7:30 a.m. today at a jail in Pune, a city near Mumbai, after Indian President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for mercy.
Dead: India has hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the only militant to have survived the 2008 attacks on the financial capital Mumbai. A man is pictured with a picture of Mohammad Ajmal Kasab with a noose
Hanged: Mohammed Ajmal Kasab is pictured walking through the Chatrapathi Sivaji Terminal railway station in Mumbai during the attacks
Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said the home ministry sent Kasab’s mercy plea to Mukherjee on October 16.
Mukherjee rejected it on November 5, he said.
‘It was decided then that on 21st November at 7:30 in the morning he would be hanged. That procedure has been completed today,’ Shinde said.
R.R. Patil, the home minister for the state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai is located, called the execution a tribute to ‘all innocent people and police officers who lost their lives in this heinous attack on our nation.’
Indian authorities faced public pressure to quickly execute Kasab, and the government fast-tracked the appeal and execution process, which often can take years, or in some cases, decades.
I believe that the West has something to learn from their fellow democracy loving Indian brethren, tolerance of Jews and other minorities is indicative of the Indian culture. Only Islam has, due to its endless hegemonic war against the Hindu state, and created a heightened level of angst and suspicion. That suspicion has only increased with the butchery of Jews in the Mumbai massacre.
NOTE: This article was recently published at Israel National News, and republished here with the authors consent..
Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Nathan Katz
“Many people in India know that, according to their narrative, Jews have lived in their country for two thousand years. They are very proud of the fact that Jews have lived there for so long without experiencing indigenous anti-Semitism. It supports their self-perception as an extremely tolerant and welcoming society to foreign religious minorities.
“The fact that Jews lived in India without experiencing persecution is part and parcel of contemporary Hindu identity. This is especially significant for Indians as tensions with Muslims become stronger and friction with Christian missionaries is highlighted in the world press. Indians want to be able to say: ‘We are a tolerant society. Look at our Jews who have lived here so long and so happily.’”
Nathan Katz, a Research Professor of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University, has specialized in the study of Jewish communities in South Asia over the past thirty-five years. He is a pioneer and leading academic in the field of Indo-Judaic studies, as well as a South Asia specialist, holding the Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship in Jain Studies.
“Many Indians are aware that what they’ve learned about Judaism largely originates from Christian missionary schools, or comes from Marxist or Shakespearian anti-Semitism, or worse, from anti-Semitic tracts being promulgated by some Muslim groups. Marxist ideology also has a disproportionate influence on campuses.
“We have to contend with these various anti-Semitic traditions, a big challenge, but these views are not so deeply ingrained in Hindu and Indian culture as they are in European or Middle Eastern societies.
And hopefully among non-Jews everywhere as well.
NOTE: This wouldn’t raise an eyebrow in the Middlle East, nor a Lenin or Stalin store in Old East Berlin.
“We had put up a cloth banner for over a month saying ‘Hitler opening shortly’, no one objected to the name then,” Rajesh Shah, the co-owner of the shop told Times Of India.
“Hitler was a nickname given to my business partner Manish Chandani’s grandfather because of his strict nature. Frankly, till the time we applied for the trademark permission, I had only heard that Hitler was a strict man. It was only recently that we read about Hitler on the internet. We have spent Rs 40,000 on the banner, couple of other thousand on visiting cards and branding activity. We have run out of money now. We are willing to change the name if we are compensated for the board,” said Shah.