America’s Strong Message To Pakistan On Terrorism

The US National Security Advisor McMaster has been visiting Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to convey a message on the need to fight terrorists to save Afghanistan.

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington (DC): The US National Security Adviser HR McMaster during his visit in Afghanistan said that the Pakistani leaders have to use diplomacy instead of violence for their best interest in Afghanistan. He met with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on Sunday.

“As all of us have hoped for many, many years, we have hoped that Pakistani leaders will understand that it is in their interest to go after groups less selectively than they have in the past and the best way to pursue their interest in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through diplomacy and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence,” McMaster said.

The US stand has remained the same when it came to Pakistan on terrorism — with minimal results. Barrack Obama had also asked Pakistan to fight more aggressively against terrorism.

The US security adviser later visited Pakistan and reportedly said to the same effect in his meeting with country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad. However, there are no reports that both the leaders have discussed the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an Indian who was arrested by Pakistani forces on the charges of spying. The arrest has strained the relations recently between India and Pakistan. Some experts argue that Pakistan had planned the arrest just before the McMaster’s trip to Asia.

McMaster’s visit comes after the US had bombed a remote area in Afghanistan that destroyed the caves and tunnels ISIS fighters were using for their activities. About 36 militants were reportedly killed in the bombing. The US is also planning to increase its military forces in Afghanistan soon.

McMaster is scheduled to visit India in this trip. He will be discussing his country’s policy on Afghanistan with Indian leaders. India aids US in its efforts to fight Taliban in Afghanistan. Both the countries will be discussing further steps that are to be taken in Afghanistan.

The US security adviser will also bring invitation from his president for Prime Minister Narendra Modi about Modi’s visit to US, later this summer.

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Quetta attack spells new danger to Pakistan from IS

  • Over 60 killed, 100 injured in Police Academy terror

The terrorist attack on the Police Academy in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, on Monday night, has shown once again how Pakistan is playing a diabolical game in dealing with militancy and Jihadist threats.

When it comes to terrorist strikes on India by home grown radical elements, Islamabad feigns ignorance and washes off its hands. But similar and deadlier strikes occur on its soil, Pak leaders aver their country is also a victim of terrorism.

If the Kashmir issue is the root cause of militant attacks on Indian civil and military establishments, as Pak leaders stress, what’s the motive behind the massacre of more than 60 people, most of them trainee cadets, at the Police Training College? There is no answer from the Pak Army and the Nawaz Sharif government.

To put it simply, the terrorism baby that was cradled in Pakistan has turned into a monster to devour those who nursed it.

According to the Pakistani media, at least 61 security personnel were killed and 117 injured when terrorists stormed the academy late Monday night. They entered the hostel rooms and shot the unarmed inmates at point blank.

Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said an estimated 700 cadets were present inside the police training centre at the time of attack. He said two suicide bombers blew themselves up inside the training centre. One of the terrorists who was also wearing a suicide jacket was killed before he could detonate himself.

According to Pak press reports, attackers acted on directions from Afghanistan and the initial investigation suggests that the terrorists were affiliated to Al-Alami faction of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ).

The suggestion corroborates the Islamic State’s claim that it was responsible for the attack. Describing the  assault as a “three-man suicide raid, ” it said IS fighters “used machine guns and grenades, then blew up their explosive vests in the crowd”. It also posted a photo of the three fighters on the social media who were said to have carried out the attack.

The LeJ had at one time close links with Pak military but it seems that it has turned against it by joining hands with the Islamic State which has been trying to get a foothold in Pakistan. If the Quetta attack claim is true, then the IS is spreading its tentacles into Pakistan from Afghanistan where it has a nominal presence. If the IS hand in Quetta attack is conclusively proved, it could well be the beginning of a new chapter in bloody Pakistan history.

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Hanging Yakub Abdul Razak Memon

  • Indian government embraces death sentence in fight against terrorism

Lata Jain

Reports from Nagpur suggests  that the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the sole death row convict in the serial blasts case in which around 257 people lost their lives, may be hanged on July 30, 2015, in case the Supreme Court turns down his mercy plea on July 21st.

If Yakub is hanged, it will be the first execution related to the 1993 serial blasts, in which over 257 people were killed.

The blasts of 1993 at Taj Mumbai which left more than 200 dead had become an international affair. The hangover of the financial, political and infrastructural loses it accounted lasted very long. This certainly had all the dreadful ingredients along with 9/11 of USA to go down as the worst ever militant attacks. This was more of a war between the whole of India and terrorists certainly first of its kind, ever, in the world history which lasted for around 60 long and highly petrified hours, face to face battle between our security units including military and the entire espionage  and that too aired on TV live! Question still remains- who won ultimately? It’s difficult to answer. Who lost: Common man is an easy answer.

It’s not about Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis or Jains. It’s about our country India, about humanity. It’s about living in harmony with no mutual discrimination in the name of caste, creed, sect or even color. These communal disharmonies may be what is encouraging for these chancy terrorizing predators always on a look out, to prey on us.

It’s hard to believe and digest the horrendous fact that Mumbai was a victim of a youth unit with its members belonging to an age group of mid and early-twenties. The real shadows behind them are the real master evil-minded and grey-haired lunatics who conduct religious preaches and ill direct these young minds and program their brains in the process to bring out mass destruction of everything they feel are halting their ‘progress’.

If you ask me whether the execution of Kasab has healed all the wounds then I would certainly say no. More than a hundred Indians lost their lives without any reason whatsoever because of fundamentalists who believe that our mere existence is against the principles of their religious and national ideology. They killed indiscriminately without any mercy or empathy towards the inevitable misery faced by the families and friends left behind,” a Mumbaikar recounted his memories of the attacks on condition of anonymity.

Terrorism had started at first as an ideology to win over control of geographical area. Now terrorism has become a profession. Terrorists have no caste creed or religion. They are killers. Incidentally they pursue a religion. They would not even spare any person of their own religion when they pursue the blind attack. Should terrorism in Bombay be taken as an isolated case? Or is it a part of the grand design of terrorism all over the world? How do we challenge the terrorism? If all sensible human do not combine it would impossible to contain terrorism in the civilized world.

The question is will hanging Yakub send wrong signals to Indian Muslims? Should death penalty be abolished in India?

Prison cells don’t attract many spectators, but executions have always drawn crowds.”There is a trend that governments want to appear to act tough on crime in a political context – and in a sense that an unpopular government may want to show the people that it is acting tough on crime and tough on terrorism.

Aside from the moral viewpoint on the death penalty, the execution of those convicted of terror-related crimes does not address the heart of the problem. Among the complex and diverse drivers of terrorism lie political, economic and social injustices, limitations regarding education and socio-economic opportunities and unresolved political disputes and foreign occupation. The death penalty does not offer a multi-faceted response to these issues, so the problem of terrorism goes unchallenged.

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