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Taliban is a bigger threat to Pakistan than India

In the wake of the Peshawar attack, Delhi Police and intelligence agencies have been told that the Samjhauta Express, Delhi-Lahore bus, two hotels in Delhi and iconic government buildings including 7 Race Course Road (PM’s resident), prominent tourist spots, offices of security agencies, embassies and malls are likely to be targeted. Intelligence agencies have also warned of a serious threat from SIMI members, who, they claim, have the capability to carry out attacks in most parts of the country. These overconfident crooked terrorist leaders need to be wiped out from the earth. There should not be any political intrusion and every government should give special powers to their security personnel against these militias. Even the media of the two countries are taking part in the collusion and are indirectly adding to the threat. It is very sad; we are lending our hands in support to Pakistan but that nation is planning attack on us. Actually, Pakistan is not realising how Taliban is a bigger threat to them than to India. They made Pakistani’s life hell. They are surrounded by internal and external terror groups. Pakistani government, its army and their ideology are responsible for all these terror activities.

India has been urging Pakistan to speed up the trial of the people arrested for its worst-ever terror attack, but Pakistani court has granted bail to Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, accused of planning the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed, six years ago. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi is a top leader of Lashkar-e-Toiba and currently serves as Supreme Commander of operations in Kashmir and is a member of LeT’s General Council. He is listed on the NIA Most Wanted list.

In 1999 at a three-day annual congregation held at Muridke, he explained the reason for fidayeen suicide squad’s missions in the aftermath of the Kargil War: “After the Pakistani withdrawal from Kargil and the Nawaz-Clinton statement in Washington, it was important to boost the morale of the Kashmiri people. These Fidayeen missions were initiated to teach India a lesson as they were celebrating after the Kargil war. He said that the next target would be New Delhi. In 2006, he asked LeT’s members to begin training operatives for suicide bombings. In the past, he told operatives to mount attacks in well-populated areas. Indian officials claim Lakhvi also oversaw Azam Cheema, who has been accused of being a leader in the 2006 bombing of the Mumbai rail network that killed 187 and left 700 injured. In May 2008, the US Treasury Department announced that it had frozen the assets of four Lashkar-e-Toiba leaders including Lakhvi.

On December 3, 2008, Indian officials named him as one of four possible major planners behind the November 2008 Mumbai attacks. He reportedly offered to pay the family of Ajmal Amir Kasab a sum of Rs.150,000 for his participation in the attacks. On December 7, 2008, Pakistani armed forces arrested Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi in a raid on an LeT training camp near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He was among 12 people detained. Pakistan confirmed the arrest but refused to hand over any of its citizens to Indian authorities.

On February 12, 2009, Rehman Malik, then adviser to the prime minister on the interior, stated that Lakhvi was still in custody and under investigation as the foremost mastermind behind the attacks. On 25th November, 2009, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court formally charged seven suspects, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, with planning and helping execute the Mumbai attacks, an action that came a day before the first anniversary of the brazen assault. Today, he is a free man. He can plan another barbaric attack on Indian territory. Hafiz Saeed is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a militant group banned in Pakistan but tolerated unofficially and believed to be close to the army. Pakistan’s politicians tout him as the head of an Islamic charity which enjoys popular support for its humanitarian work. Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head since 2012, appears openly at rallies in Pakistan, and frequently denounces India as a terrorist state. Earlier this month, special trains were organised to ferry his supporters from Islamabad to Lahore, a clear signal of his clout within the establishment.

On the other hand, Saeed blamed India for the massacre of children at a Pakistan school and vowed revenge. Saeed’s threats come as India has pledged its support to its neighbour as it grapples with its worst-ever terror attack. Taliban gunmen stormed an army-run school in Peshawar, ruthlessly killing over 140 children. Hafiz blamed conspiracy by Modi’s government against Pakistan. The video also showed Saeed threatening India with “revenge” for the Peshawar massacre. Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistani military dictator and president, has also blamed India for the killing of 132 school children and 9 teachers in Peshawar.

India is once again under threat. Pakistan is as usual supporting terrorists to wage a war against our country. I hope, our new PM and his government will act swiftly to put an end to these threats.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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