Mumbai attacks: US, India subjecting Pak to excessive pre-emptive hype, says expert

December 5th, 2008 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Dec.5 (ANI): In the wake of last weeks terrorist attacks in Mumbai, there is a view in one Pakistani daily that Islamabad is a clear victim of pre-emptive hype, and that the US and India are hand-in-glove about arriving at a unilateral solution that could balkanize the country further.

In an article for The News, Shireen M. Mazari, a scholar and commentator on strategic studies and political science, and previously the Director General of the Pakistan Institute of Strategic Studies, advocates that present tension in South Asia can be neutralized if the leadership in Islamabad stops making statements that could be used by both the United States and India.

Mazari also said that the authorities in Islamabad could have told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice not to come to Pakistan immediately after making a judgmental statement in New Delhi with regard to the Mumbai attack and the alleged Pakistan hand.

She also claimed that there are some disturbing facts that are being downplayed by both India and United States.

1.She claims that Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemand Karkare was eliminated at a time when he was exposing the role of Hindu terrorists and Indian Army officers in the Samjhauta and Malegaon blasts.

2. The Indian Government and investigators are ignoring the fact that one of the terrorists was wearing an orange thread wristband, a possible sign that he could have been a Hindu extremist.

3. The authorities in India have forgotten that no Lashkar-e-Toiba militant is clean shaven, and that whenever they carry out a attack, they admit it.

4.Hindu extremists have committed acts of terror in Mumbai before 26/11

5.Intelligence failure could have been deliberately orchestrated.

6. The smear campaign against Pakistan was begun even as the rescue operations in Mumbai were on and

7.This is not the first time that acts of terror attributed to Muslim extremists have turned out to be carried out by state forces or Hindu extremists.

Mazari concludes by saying that Pakistan is fighting two kinds of terrorism extremist militancy by non-state actors and state terrorism sponsored by the immediate neighbourhood (meaning India). (ANI)

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