Posts Tagged ‘Indian Mujahideen’


The Real News Network interviews Siddharth Varadarajan, Deputy Editor of The Hindu (14:42):



To follow up yesterday’s report that India is “asking” for twenty fugitives believed to be in Pakistan, it was interesting to read Reuters profiles of my latest obsession, Dawood Ibrihim, as well as Maulana Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed:

DAWOOD IBRAHIM

— India’s most wanted man for his part in the country’s most deadly bombings, the 52-year-old underworld boss eluded authorities for the past 15 years. He is believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

— In 1993, Ibrahim, and his brother Anis, allegedly masterminded India’s worst bombings, which killed at least 250 people and wounded more than 700 in Mumbai.

— Some Muslims are said to see Ibrahim as a hero who stood up for India’s Muslim minority because he reportedly ordered the blasts in retaliation for Hindu-Muslim riots in Mumbai.

— The son of a lowly police constable, Ibrahim was a police informant from a young age. By the 1980s and 1990s, he had graduated from petty crime to become one of Mumbai’s top gangland leaders, with a billion-dollar vice empire spanning gambling, drugs and prostitution.

— In October 2003, the United States designated Ibrahim as a global terrorist with links to Islamist militant groups al Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba. The U.S. Treasury froze his assets, and accuses him of drug-running to western Europe and Britain.

— In July 2005, his daughter Mahrukh married the son of top Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad in a high society wedding in Dubai. Ibrahim did not attend.

— Ibrahim was mysteriously spirited away after reportedly being wounded in gunfight at a Karachi hotel in August, 2007.

MAULANA MASOOD AZHAR

— First came into the international spotlight in December 1999 when India was forced to free him from jail along with two other militants, in exchange for the release of crew and passengers of an Indian Airlines plane that had been hijacked from Kathmandu in Nepal and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

— Born in the southern Punjab district of Bahawalpur in 1968, Azhar was educated at Karachi’s Jamia Binoria, a madrasa, or religious school, known for recruiting fighters for the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

— Azhar fought in Afghanistan, but really made his mark in writing propaganda and making speeches in support of the cause.

— Unconfirmed reports say he surfaced in Sudan, Somalia and Yemen and had contact with Osama bin Laden in the early 1990s.

— He became a leader of the Pakistani militant group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen. In 1994 he was captured in Indian Kashmir, and tried for terrorism. Although acquitted, he spent six years in jail until he was sprung by the hijacking.

— After returning to Pakistan, Azhar formed Jaish in 2000. There was considerable speculation he had the support of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. Jaish’s affiliated charity, al Rasheed Trust, helped raise funds. — Azhar maintained ties with the Taliban, and Jaish fighters trained at camps along with al Qaeda members in Afghanistan.

— In Kashmir, Jaish, like Lashkar, used “feyadeen” tactics, sending fighters on suicidal missions.

— In December 2001, a group of gunmen attacked the Indian parliament. India blamed Jaish and L-e-T. As relations deteriorated, India and Pakistan, both nuclear armed since 1998, went to the brink of a fourth war.

— In March 2002, a Jaish fighter killed four people, including two Americans, in an attack on a church in Islamabad.

— Jaish was banned by Pakistan, along with L-e-T and several other groups in 2002, and Azhar was put under house arrest, only to be freed by a Lahore court 10 months later.

— A Jaish splinter group, Jamaat-ul-Furqaan, became more closely identified with al Qaeda goals.

— A Jaish connection was made to one of the assassination attempts on Musharraf in December 2003, and there was a Jaish presence at the Red Mosque uprising in Islamabad in 2007. Jaish members have also surfaced in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

HAFIZ SAEED

— A professor of Islamic Studies, Saeed’s family migrated to Pakistan from Simla in northern India during the bloody Partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

— Saeed has headed Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charity front for Lashkar, since publicly quitting the militant wing days before it was banned following the attack on the Indian parliament.

— He was put under house arrest for a couple of months to stop him making fiery speeches after bomb attacks on Mumbai’s commuter trains in July 2006 killed more more than 200 people. — Drawn to the northwest city of Peshawar by the Afghan jihad in the late 1980s, Saeed was a protege of Abdullah Azam, a Palestinian ideologue who was also a mentor to Osama bin Laden.

— Saeed established Markaz Dawal al-Irshad to propagate the teachings of the Wahabi sect, rooted in Saudi Arabia

— In 1990 he founded Lashkar to fight in a separatist insurgency in Indian Kashmir, where it earned a reputation as one of the best organised and fiercest groups. Lashkar was responsible for an attack on Red Fort in Delhi in December, 2000.

— Lashkar, like Jaish, was based in the eastern Pakistani province of Punjab. Its headquarters, now JuD’s, was in Muridke. American commanders says Lashkar fighters are also operating in East Afghanistan.

— JuD activists, some carrying arms, were at the forefront of earthquake relief work in Kashmir in 2005, and in the western province of Baluchistan last month.



While live blogging the Mumbai attacks on Campaign for Liberty, I cited Animesh Roul of Counterterrorism Blog (a global multi-expert blog dedicated to terrorism issues) as pointing the finger toward Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT):

The needle of the suspicion is on the Lashkar- e- Toiba and Student Islamic Movement of India combine (Now they credibly calling and proving them as Indian Mujahedeen terror group).

The incidents took place one day after the reported arrest of Lashkar -e-Toiba linked Raheel Sheikh by the Interpol in London. Raheel is one of the alleged masterminds of the conspiracy and was involved in the funding of the July 11, 2006, Mumbai serial train blasts that killed nearly 200 commuters and wounded over 500 people on that fateful day.

and, at 7:41 PM CST on Wednesday evening, followed with:

Still no mention of Sheikh’s arrest in London yesterday for his role in the Mumbai 7/11 bombing anywhere in the MSM. This further explains the singling out of people with US and UK passports. Islamic terrorists have a long history of hostage situations involving tourists and travelers offering their freedom for the release of imprisoned comrades i.e. Munich.

  • “Deccan Mujahideen”

While the MSM was vaugely brushing the discussion of LeT in favor of saying “Deccan Mujahideen” ad nauseam, there was this mysterious tone surrounding the “Deccan Mujahideen” — most notably, who are they and where did they come from.

There is no evidence to support that the “Deccan Mujahideen” is nothing more than a “false flag.” The name comes from an unverified email sent on the day of the attacks claiming responsibility. All the email suggests is that the attacks from from a group related to the Deccan Plateau, a region of India covering most of the South and hundreds of millions of people. The state of Karnataka, within this plateau, has been the site of tens of bombings just this year in which the Indian Mujahideen (IM) has claimed responsibility. Whether of not this attack is an act of the IM is still unknown as connections have not been made by any intelligence agencies.

  • Dawood Ibrahim
    Dawood Ibrahim, head of the organized crime syndicate, D-Company in Mumbai, is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime, counterfeiting, and financing terrorism.

    Dawood Ibrahim, head of the organized crime syndicate, D-Company in Mumbai, is currently on the wanted list of Interpol for organised crime, counterfeiting, and financing terrorism.

The attacks on Mumbai were well-coordinated and well-equipped. The terrorists were fully armed with backpacks full of magazines and grenades, among other weaponry. They traveled to Mumbai by boat and were well-prepared with a wealth of knowledge concerning the highly complex layouts of the hotels. The attacks were well-coordinated in an estimate of ten locations throughout Mumbai. They were very well-trained to carry out such coordinated terror that shut down a city of over 19 million people for days and monopolize every news cycle.

They were well-funded in their organization, preparation, and execution.

Dawood Ibrahim, lord within India’s underworld, was briefly chronicled the day following Mumbai’s 7/11 bombing by the IM by Douglas Farah, expert with Counterterrorism Blog:

The chief suspect in the Mumbai train attacks is one of the most fascinating characters in the nexus of terrorism and organized crime. This is true even if he was not involved it what appears to be a well-coordinated, sophisticated attack of the type he has been involved in before. Indian authorities are naming his as the primary suspect in the bloody attacks of yesterday.

A criminal kingpin, ally of al Qaeda, large-scale drug runner and financer of some of Bollywood’s biggest movies, Ibrahim loves to hang out with movie stars and live the good life. Not exactly a natural ally of radical Islamist groups, but he appears to provide the muscle and know-how to attacks, rather than being the intellectual author of the violence he has pariticpated in. His ideology seems more firmly wedded to his financial well-being than to his religious beliefs.

Ibrahim has a enormous mansion in Karachi, Pakistan, but spends a great deal of time in Dubai, UAE. He has a long history of violence. His flamboyant life style made it difficult to believe that he was not protected by the Pakistani intelligence services for whom he worked, or officials in the UAE. My friend David Kaplan did one of the best looks at him in U.S. News.

More by Vic Camras on 29 Nov 2008:

It’s much too early to identify the group or groups involved in the Mumbai terrorist attack or to place blame for what has occurred. Identification will come with the expert police investigation and intelligence gathering now underway. But, at this stage we are all just involved in a process of speculation – drawing on past experience with terrorist modis operandi to explain what occurred and exploring the various various possibilities and theories. Among the possible culprits being considered are several Pakistan based Islamic extremist organizations such as Lashkar-e-Tayyiba; Al Qaeda-linked or wannabe groups, and India home grown terrorist groups. One thing appears clear – the attack was well planned and organized, and that requires reliance on a sophisticated network for recruitment, logistics, training and financing. Some Indian terrorist experts suggest that Dawood Ibrahim may well be linked to organizing and financing this attack just as he did for the 1993 Mumbai stock exchange terrorist bombings.

Dawood Ibrahim (birthname Sheikh Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar), for years headed the D-Company which ran a substantial hawala operation out of Mumbai, Karachi and Dubai. He reportedly moved easily between various Islamic extremist groups and Indian crime syndicates, and is believed to have acted as an Al Qaeda surrogate for several financial transactions and arms and drug smuggling deals. He was designated by the US Treasury Department as a global terrorist in October 2003, and listed as an Al Qaeda associate by the UN Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee on November 3, 2003. According to the Treasury Department “Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian crime lord, has found common cause with Al Qaida, sharing his smuggling routes with the terror syndicate and funding attacks by Islamic extremists aimed at destabilizing the Indian government. He is wanted in India for the 1993 Bombay Exchange bombings and is known to have financed the activities of Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (Army of the Righteous), a group designated by the United States in October 2001 and banned by the Pakistani Government…” See also Treasury Fact Sheet on Dawood Ibrahim here

Douglas Farah wrote a follow up to Vic Camras’s entry — stressing the importance of the Ibrahim connection:

Ibrahim reportedly provided the initial boat for the attackers, and has strong ties to al Qaeda.

What is interesting about Ibrahim, who has been designated a terrorist by OFAC and many other governments, is that he is a pioneer in the criminal-terrorist nexus. For many years he has provided the criminal links al Qaeda, the Taliban and Pakistani terrorist groups have needed to move money, personnel and equipment. Despite how well known his activities are, he has never been apprehended…

Anyone investigating a crime must follow the money. Global terrorism experts are pointing the green finger in Ibrahim’s direction for financing the recent Mumbai attacks as they did for the 7/11 bombings over two years ago.

  • Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI)

28 Nov 2008: India forced Pakistan to send their ISI chief to India.

According to the South Asian Terrorism Portal, the LA Times, The Weekly Standard, and many other publications and experts directly link ISI to LeT.

30 Nov 2008: Pakistan’s PM Yousef Raza Gilani has reported to Western allies that approximately 100,000 troops will be mobilized from the Afghan border to the Indian border.

  • Azam Amir Kasab aka Ajmal Amir Kalab aka Ajmal Amir Qasab
    Azam Amir Kasab on the night of the attacks.

    Azam Amir Kasab on the night of the attacks.

One the three Pakistani militants arrested on Nov. 28 was Azam Amir Kasab, the only known terrorist aggressor of the attacks. Kasab, with the two others arrested, confessed to being members of LeT.

  • Demands

Contrary to the mysterious tone of the MSM, these attacks were not random acts of coordinated terror. When terrorists of any sort take hostages, they make demands revealing the reason for their terror. These demands and communication between the terrorists and the Indian government have still not yet been revealed to the public.

All we have is a terrorist holed up with hostages in the Oberoi on the night of the attacks screaming out a window, “We want all Mujahideens held in India released and only after that we will release the people.

  • Raheel Sheikh
    Rahil Sheikh, an accused of the 2006 serial blasts in the western metropolis (File photo)

    Rahil Sheikh, an accused of the 2006 serial blasts in the western metropolis (File photo)

India’s Deputy Home Minister has said that all Mumbai attackers were from Pakistan. LeT has been accused by Indian police and US Intelligence.

Indian Express reported on 25 Nov 2008 that India’s Central Bureau of Intellignce (CBI) was preparing to begin the extradition process of Raheel Sheikh, an alleged LeT operative who masterminded the 7/11 Mumbai bombing of 2006, reportedly, arrested by Interpol in London that day. Within hours of the Mumbai attacks late on 26 Nov, CBI denied Sheikh’s arrest anywhere in the UK.

Reports say on 25 Nov that the mastermind of a high-profile bombing in Mumbai that killed 209 people and injured over 700 was detained by Interpol and the CBI was looking to extradite the mastermind.

It takes over 24 hours for the CBI to deny these reports hours after hundreds are taken hostage by terrorists demanding the release of all Mujahideens held by the Indian government.

Where is the MSM on this?

The Indian government does not negotiate with terrorists and we know the terrorists’ demands while holding hostages in Mumbai. While live blogging, I made the comparison with the Munich Massacre, but the Mumbai attacks and hostage crises were so brutal that an atrocity such as Munich pales in comparison. The Late Former PM of Israel Golda Meir was harshly criticized for not negotiating with terrorists who demanded the release of many fedayeen in exhange for the Israeli athletes that dark night in Germany. Former Pres. Bill Clinton has been harshly criticized for not arresting Usama bin-Laden in 1996 when the Sudanese were able to detain him. My low-credibility subjective judgment believes that Raheel Sheikh is a valid topic of discussion surrounding the Mumbai attacks.



The Riz Khan Show surveys the aftermath of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Part One (16:14):

Part Two (5:59):