Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack

Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack

Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack

Strategic and security analysts in the US and from across the world are examining Pakistan’s role in terrorism following the horrific terror unleashed in Mumbai.

Initial reports suggested the Mumbai carnage was a localised attack by militant malcontents in India because of the Deccan Mujaheddin decoy that was used to claim responsibility.

However, evidence cited by Indian army and security experts based on phone intercepts, nature of weaponry, mode of entry by sea and level of terrorists’ expertise, has quickly focused the attention on Pakistan.

The statement by India’s normally cautious and restrained prime minister, Manmohan Singh, that groups based across the border, a thinly-disguised reference to Pakistan, has also galvanized the strategic and security community into examining Islamabad’s role in the region that has already been subjected to scrutiny in the past.

Jane’s Country Risk Daily Report in an assessment on Thursday discounted an internal insurgent attack and said the apparent focus on killing or capturing foreign businesspeople, specifically US and UK nationals, which has never occurred before, also suggested a wider global anti-Western agenda. This stands in contrast to the national issues that appeared to motivate Indian Mujahideen, it said.

Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack

Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack

Experts also said the heavy weaponry, grenades, and the sustained attack pointed to intense training and planning beyond the scope of indigenous groups.

Other intelligence experts and websites also zeroed in on Pakistan’s role in the region. Washington Examiner noted that there had been reports from credible sources for years that Pakistani ISI had used terrorist groups to conduct war-by-proxy against India.

Islamist ideology had been spreading across South Asia, and must be stamped out said California Congressman Ed Royce.

Bruce Riedel, a veteran CIA officer and former senior director for South Asia and the Middle East on the White House National Security Council, said the attacks had the hallmarks of an al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic group such as Lashkar-e Toiba (LeT), which is based in Pakistan and has links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

British intelligence officials have also expressed suspicion of al-Qaeda’s hand in Mumbai attacks. Spy agencies around the world had little warning of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, which bore some al-Qaida hallmarks but appears unlikely to be linked to the group’s core leadership, global intelligence officials said on Thursday.


8 Responses to “Pakistan under scrutiny for Mumbai attack”

  1. Alex says:

    this article contains biased analysis with twisted facts and figures..

  2. mclaren says:

    i agree with alex..

  3. Aamir says:

    its like overestimating a third world country’s intelligence agency and avoiding the truth which is not exactly as described in this article. Pakistani people hate terrorism more than any other in the whole world because it is affecting them fore mostly. As far as the intelligence agencies go, all such agencies have similar agenda world over.. because RAW is not running bakeries in India and nor is CIA shooting Hollywood Films only. Discussions should be based upon factual analysis and not presumptions like if the Mumbai attacks were well coordinated so they must have been planned by ISI or something.. After all it only proves the inner weakness of the Internal Security Agencies who firstly failed to avoid such havoc in the first place, secondly are shamelessly trying to put this on Pakistan to desperately seek an easy however, shameful get away.

  4. Aamir says:

    I don’t think Pakistan has anything to do with the attacks in the face of already troubled environment contained within its borders. It would be instead an obvious mistake to do it especially at a time once its running after getting financial aid from international orgs. What seems obvious is that western powers have much more interests vested in this whole scenario (cause if a war breaks out between the two countries would boost the arms sales).. Its virtually pointless to prematurely target Pakistan because it has become a fashion that wherever the evil al qaida / terror strikes people rather than professionally investigating the matter down to the core, try to save face by hiding behind such arguments such as it must have been done under the supervision of Pakistan..

  5. Euphoric says:

    The article is entirly biased, looks as if one part of the brain of he analyst had ceased to function. He forgets that India contians a large no of indigenous movements, suppressed by the strong handed tactics of the government. Any one of those movements could have done those attacks. Skillful use of small arms and grenades is no criteria to link this to another country. If you remember correctly, during the Gujrat crisis, when only muslims were killed, the systemtic killing of muslims was also very well organised, so should we see a government hand in it?

  6. sun says:

    Aamir, it’s not about the people of pakistan, its about their political leaders, ISI, Army. Pakistani people may hate terrorism, leaders not, its many times proved, everybody know where is dawood ibrahim now. we love pakistani pelople, we hate some religios leaders in india and pakistan creating these type of incidents.

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