Thursday, January 8, 2009

Proof of Pakistani involvement in the Mumbai massacre

Former Pakistani ISI chief Hamid Gul.

From The Long War blog, "The Pakistan-based handlers of the Mumbai terrorists ordered the murders of civilians over the phone and cheered after hearing the gunfire, according to the dossier of evidence India provided to the Pakistani government." Former Pakistani Intelligence chief Hamid Gul has been implicated as one of the handlers.

Pakistan has a lot to answer for in this incident, but is likely to do as little as possible since Islam allows Muslims to kill non-Muslims without penalty. India should conduct an airstrike on the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, which has facilities in Pakistan and which was behind the Mumbai attack. This is not the first, nor will it be the last terrorist attack by Pakistani based Muslims on Indian civilians.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (Urdu for "Army of the Pious") was also blamed in the December 2001 suicide attack on the New Delhi parliament building that left 12 dead, and the June 2002 car-bomb attack on the US consulate in Karachi that killed least 11. The New Delhi attack brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war, and prompted Islamabad to formally ban the group.

It was then blamed again in the August 2003 Mumbai car-bomb attack that killed nearly 50. After the July 2006 Mumbai rail attacks that killed 180, the group's founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed was placed under house arrest in Lahore. He is one of some 20 militant suspects that India is now demanding be turned over.

It's time for India to make it clear that these attacks will not go unanswered.

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