Terror in Mumbai
Over 174 killed in a terrorist attack on Mumbai. A gruesome reminder about the kind of people we have to deal with. Let god give the Mumbaikars the strength to get through this.
At the same time, the government must act tough. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. We are not ready for bus services, cricket matches, mughal-e-azam movies in Karachi theatres, and other candy-ass steps without matching responses against terror from the other side. When people like Dawood and LeT chiefs openly roam about Pakistan, we cannot afford to be complacent. There are a lot of Taliban who are roaming around aimlessly after getting their ass kicked by the USA. Guess who their easiest target is going to be.
I am enraged right now. It may take a while to get back to normal to continue blogging about other issues (which seem silly compared to the magnitude of threat this country is facing in the form of terrorism).
Police are suspecting SIMI and LeT as prime suspects. SIMI (a banned homegrown islamic jehad outfit ) must be checked. http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/terroristoutfits/simi.htm
The government must not allow the nexus between SIMI and LET to grow. The government must go after the SIMI regardless of opposition. Check out http://www.satp.org/satporgtp/countries/india/terroristoutfits/simi.htm for their activities.
I hope the government has given the law enforcement agencies enough to detain and question suspects. Since the UPA has repealed POTA , I hope there are sufficient alternatives to detain and question these suspects.
What happens years after these blasts ?
Does anyone remember the Coimbatore blasts ? 58 people lost their lives in that blast. Fast forward to 2006. Do you know what the first thing the CM of Kerala (Mr Achutanandan of CPI-M) did after he won the recent election ? He flew to Chennai and requested the TN government to take steps to release the prime accused Abdul Nasser Madani http://www.tehelka.com/story_main18.asp?filename=Ne070806Anyone_recognise.asp. He allegedly was the link between local jihadis and the ISI.
See the concern shown by the communist leader for the prime accused in the blasts of 1998.
“His weight has reduced from 104 [kg] to 54 [kg] and he has many serious diseases. Hence, I brought to the notice of the [Tamil Nadu] Chief Minister the need to enlarge him on bail on humanitarian grounds,” – Mr. Achuthanandan .
A quick realitycheck for the CPI-M leader – he is in jail not in a hotel, people usually lose weight in jail.
Need POTA back now
The logic behind a law such as POTA and the patriot act (of USA) is sound. If you are associated with these terrorist outfits the threshold of evidence and proof will be loaded against you. If you are out on bail – the chances of you committing even more serious crimes are very high (because you will view this as a god given opportunity to inflict more damage before the shit hits the fan).