Hindu nationalist mobs rampaged through India’s cultural center Wednesday, tearing up movie posters and stoning a theater in protest of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan’s comments in support of Pakistani cricketers.
The Shiv Sena, a Mumbai-centered political party known for regional chauvinism and Hindu fundamentalism, has branded Khan a traitor for expressing regret that no cricketers from Pakistan – India’s archrival – were chosen to participate in next month’s Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.
Khan, who is Muslim, has refused to apologize for the comments.
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hey all – I am doing great in Mumbai, which explains the lack of blogging ) I have been taking some photos, though!
There’s been a lot of developments in the story of the two Pakistani American men from Chicago who were arrested by the FBI for plotting to attack the Copenhagen newspaper that published the Mohammed cartoons.
One of the men, Tahawwur Hussain Rana, is being described as more of an enabler for the other – David Coleman Headley – formerly Daood Gilani.
Both men are now being described as operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba/Lashkar-e-Taiba who have made a number of trips to India and where investigators say they suspect Headley may have helped with scouting and planning last year’s Mumbai massacre.
Indian papers report that Headley’s chief patron is a former elite Pakistani commando turned Caliphate-aspirant militant named Ilyas Kashmiri who established a group called the 313 Brigade – mentioned in conversations by the Mumbai attackers. An article in an Indian paper reports that Headley was so despondent a few months ago when it was reported that Kashmiri was killed in a drone attack that all his activity ground to a halt – but became active again when he got a message that Kashmiri was alive.
“We have established that Headley and Tahawwur were in touch with the same Pakistani-based ‘handlers’ who gave directions to the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on 26/11. We are now investigating how he had corresponded with Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah (presently in Pakistan’s custody) and other masterminds who carried out the audacious Mumbai attacks,” said an investigating officer.
Indian investigators are now looking for a woman Headley met with frequently on his trips to India and who they say may have been involved in setting up safehouses for militants in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
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Tonight at 8 pm, HBO will show a documentary called ‘Terror in Mumbai.’ The first anniversary of the Mumbai massacre will be next week.
…with the Mumbai attacks [filmmaker Dan] Reed has an incredible arsenal of footage and recordings at his disposal — including hours of phone calls made between the young men committing the attacks and their older leaders, including spokesman “Brother Wasi”, in Pakistan.
These phone calls, intercepted by Mumbai police who had fed traceable sim cards to known terrorist organizations, are the fascinating centerpiece of the film Notably, the killers, young men from Pakistani villages, frequently show incredible naivety. “There are computers here with 30 inch screens!” exclaims one mass-murderer on the phone to his irritated boss whilst in Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Hotel. He goes on, “It’s amazing — the windows are huge! It’s got two kitchens, a bath and a little shop.” Brother Wasi, sounding exasperated, orders them to set the building on fire (they comply).
The callous nature of their leaders is also exposed. “There’s no harm in throwing a few grenades,” says Brother Wasi at one point. At other points he is coldly urging the scared young men into suicidal situations, ignoring the fear in their trembling voices.
The killers themselves cut tragic, almost sympathetic figures. We see the one surviving terrorism handcuffed to a bed and bleeding; he claims he was “sold” into terrorism by his family.
The first anniversary of the Mumbai terror attacks is rolling around. The attacks began on November 26th. Expect a slew of retrospectives, many of which will probably have something to say about Muslims and Islamic extremism. Here’s one from the Asia Times, which calls the attackers “Pakistan-trained gunmen” a construct that seems to imply the Pakistani government had something to do with the attack, as some hotheads in India claimed. The international consensus is that it did not.
Hashmi (“the heartthrob of Pakistan”), who was looking forward to buying a new flat, told reporters that he has filed a complaint against the housing society with the Maharashtra Minority Commission.
“My parents went to meet society members last week to get a no objection certificate (NoC) along with the seller and the broker, but the society members, however, told them that they were busy and refused to meet them,” claimed Hashmi.
Here’s a clip of Hashmi in action.
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I’ve been debating seemingly hundreds of my blog readers and others attacking me at Comment is Free, the Jerusalem Post, Harry’s Place and Engage, who dispute my contention that the Mumbai terrorists were intending to attack an Israeli target when they killed at Chabad House (since Kasab, the surviving terrorist, said they were avenging Palestinian suffering). The distinction I’m trying to make is that many Jews believe this incident signals a mounting Muslim holy war against Jews, rather than a sign of Muslim grievance over the ongoing failure to resolve the Israeli Arab conflict. I’m hoping to argue the latter rather than the former.
I thought I was making a cogent pt. until I read this disturbing column in the NY Times which claims that Lashkar IS an out & out anti-Semitic outfit which DOES want to foment holy war against the Jews. I wonder what’s your take on this & whether you anyone currently living in Pakistan has anything to say on the subject.
You can listen to Vali Nasr talking about the history of Lashkar e Taiba in light of the attack in Mumbai here.
The interview with Vali Nasr starts at 25:25 into the program.