Here’s the most important sentence in the article below: Lashkar is widely believed to have enjoyed the support of elements of Pakistan’s security agencies in the 1980s and 1990s because it was sending militants to fight Indian rule in Kashmir, which Pakistan also claims. This is the position also of the CFR, the New York Times, and the South Asian Intelligence Review, for starters. The one thing they won’t mention however is that the ISI (the Pakistani security agency in question) is little more than a franchise operation of the CIA, though they’ve had their public spats. The CIA maintains drone bases inside of Pakistan, according to reports in the London Times.
Isn’t it interesting – the USA created Al-Qaeda, flies them around, and continues to fund their proxy activities against Iran. Israel, too, supported Hamas’ ascendency in its bid to unseat the PLO. There’s news almost every month of Western intelligence agencies staging some bombing or other. Hell, Joe Biden met with Mahmoud Ahmed, the head of the ISI, the day before 9/11. Ahmed also met with Intelligence Committee chief Porter Goss and Bob Graham on Capitol Hill the morning of 9/11, and the FBI revealed that Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers, was wired 100,000 from Pakistan to Florida at the behest of the ISI. Witnesses in Florida reported hearing Atta in an argument with a co-conspirator, yelling about their need to answer to The Family, a global evangelical group with deep roots in Washington.
And now India, in the wake of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the Mumbai bombings, has the equivalent of The Patriot Act and a newly centralized intelligence agency, just like America after 9/11. And the CIA, somehow, knew the Mumbai attacks were going down. See how this all works? When the justification for policy doesn’t exist, it is necessary to create it. Even if that means beginning a war. The perpetrators, the patsies that are used in these operations are always expendable.
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Asif Shahzad. Associated Press
September 18, 2009
A Pakistani court will indict seven suspects in the Mumbai attacks in the coming week, but India needs to provide evidence against the head of a banned Islamist group Pakistan is investigating in the plot, a top official said Saturday.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s statements appeared designed largely to assure India that Pakistan is serious about bringing justice to the perpetrators of the November siege that killed 166 people and ratcheted up tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.
“I want to tell India that we want to be your friend,” Mr. Malik told reporters in Islamabad.
He also said that Pakistan was formally investigating Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, a founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba – the first apparent confirmation that he was being probed in connection to the Mumbai attacks. Mr. Saeed now heads Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an alleged charity banned by Pakistan after the U.N. declared it a front for Lashkar.
“He has been included in the investigation,” Mr. Malik said.
He said Pakistan has turned over a list of requests for additional evidence from India – especially forensic support and information about Mr. Saeed.
At least five suspects have been in the midst of closed-door pretrial hearings at a court in a maximum security prison in Rawalpindi. So far they have not had charges presented against them. Their next hearing is set for Sept. 26. Mr. Malik indicated two other suspects were joining the group in court.
India blames the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the Mumbai assault staged by 10 gunmen, nine of whom were killed. Under tremendous international pressure, Pakistan acknowledged much of the plot originated on its soil.
Pakistan arrested Lashkar founder Mr. Saeed in December after India provided a dossier of evidence in a rare sharing of intelligence. But in June, a Pakistani court freed him from house arrest, saying there was not enough evidence to hold him.
Pakistani police said Friday that they plan to arrest Mr. Saeed on charges that he illegally held a public gathering and raised funds for Jamaat-ud-Dawa in the city of Faisalabad in Punjab province last month. But they did not say when.
Lashkar is widely believed to have enjoyed the support of elements of Pakistan’s security agencies in the 1980s and 1990s because it was sending militants to fight Indian rule in Kashmir, which Pakistan also claims.
Experts say that history complicates efforts to prosecute Mr. Saeed now.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947.
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