Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daniel Pearl and the Mumbai Attackers

By: Peter Chamberlin

Pakistan may be forced to divert troops toward the Indian border from the Afghanistan border, where Pakistan’s army has been helping prevent Osama bin Laden and other accused terrorists from fleeing.”

Military analysts believe there is a real threat that India could launch airstrikes in the Kashmir region to target the training bases of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Tuesday, Punjab police sought to arrest Mr. Azhar of Jaish-e-Mohammed at his home in Bahawalpur. The cleric was released from a prison in Indian-controlled Kashmir in December 1999 in an exchange for passengers by the hijackers of an Indian plane taken to Afghanistan.

The preceding quotes do not refer to today’s India/Pakistani crisis; they are quotes from the last three articles written by Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, before his horrific murder in Karachi in 2002.

The story he was investigating, which brought about his brutal decapitation, is the same international conspiracy that is being investigated today, in the Mumbai terror attacks. Even the names of the suspects have remained the same– Lashkar-e-Taiba, Massod Azhar, Ibrahim Dawood. The recent crackdown on the Kashmiri militant groups who were fingered in the Mumbai attacks, and the arrest of their leaders (Massod Azhar, a founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammad group and Zaki-ur-Rehmen Lakhvi, commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba) is the same illusory solution proffered by Pakistan in the previous eruption.

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