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Thursday, November 08, 2007


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Pakistan | Terrorism



The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), one of the largest terrorist outfits operating in Jammu and Kashmir is also suspected of involvement in the December 13, 2001 attack on India’s Parliament in New Delhi.

Formed in 1990 in the Kunar province of Afghanistan, the Lashkar-e-Toiba is the military wing of the Markaz-ud-Dawa-wal-Irshad (MDI), an Islamic fundamentalist organization of the Ahle-Hadith sect in Pakistan. The outfit’s headquarters was located in the MDI’s complex at Muridke near Lahore.


Its first presence in Jammu and Kashmir was recorded in 1993 when 12 Pakistani and Afghan mercenaries infiltrated across the Line of Control. It began operations in J&K. It was actively promoted by Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), since 1996. 

Compared to other terrorist outfits in J&K, the LeT has commanded significant attention primarily due to two reasons. First, for its well planned and executed attacks on security force (SF) targets in the State and second, for the dramatic massacres of non-Muslim civilians. After the Kargil war of May-July 1999, the outfit launched its 'suicide attacks' strategy whereby small groups (2-5 members) of fidayeen (suicide squads) would storm a security force camp or base. In another frequently used strategy, groups of Lashkar mercenaries, dressed in SF fatigues, would arrive at remote hill villages, round up Hindu or Sikh civilians, and massacre them.

The outfit collects donations from the Pakistani community in the Persian Gulf and United Kingdom, Islamic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Pakistani and Kashmiri businessmen.


A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

Investigations into the Ajmer shrine blast seem to have hit a roadblock, but the investigating agencies seem determined to overcome all hurdles. (Ajmer Blast Links Keep Cops Busy, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Oct 27, 2007)

A constable of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) shot himself dead while the police recovered bodies of two persons, of them a doctor at different places here today. The police has apprehended three militants of the Laskar-e-Toiba here yesterday. (Suicide By Crpf Man; Doc’S Body Found In Hostel , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Mar 23, 2007)

At least a dozen HIV-positive people have committed suicide in Assam in the last few months while hundreds of others are struggling for survival, as there is virtually no access to treatment. (Assam Reports Hiv Suicides, Treatment A Distant Dream, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Mar 08, 2007)

The statement by Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khusro Bakhtiar in the National Assembly leads to speculation. Could it be that the Laskar-e-Jhangvi is involved? (The Sindh Angle, OutLook, B. Raman , Feb 23, 2007)

A suicide bomber in Pakistan killed 15 people, including a judge, in a courtroom in the city of Quetta on Saturday, the latest in a series of suicide blasts to have sent shudders through the country. (Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 15 In Pakistani Court, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Feb 18, 2007)

The decision to give quality cows to poor farmers in Vidharbha has only harmed the beneficiaries. (Till The Cows Come Home, Hindu, P. SAINATH, Nov 23, 2006)

A series of bomb blasts in suburban trains in Mumbai on 11 July has proved once again that terrorists are capable of striking at will, short-circuiting the so-called impregnable surveillance and security cover. (The Proxy War, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Sep 12, 2006)

A series of bomb blasts in suburban trains in Mumbai on 11 July has proved once again that terrorists are capable of striking at will, short-circuiting the so-called impregnable surveillance and security cover. (The Proxy War, Statesman, Editorial, Statesman, Sep 11, 2006)

It would perhaps not be outrageous to suggest that had the authorities in Pakistan been as forthcoming with information to India, as they were to the British Intelligence, the July 11 carnage in Mumbai may have been averted. (The Good Neighbour , New Indian Express, Swapan Dasgupta, Aug 28, 2006)

Kenyan Police claim to have arrested one of India's most-wanted terror suspects, Abdul Karim Tunda supposedly belonging to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group. The group is suspected to have been involved in the Mumbai train blasts. (India's Most-Wanted Arrested In Kenya, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 22, 2006)

Decisive and ruthless crackdown on jihadis is the need of the hour, not more empty rhetoric ---- Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), headed by Hafiz Saeed based in Pakistan, is a threat to India's security and sovereignty and must therefore be branded as . . . (Bust The Terror Syndicates, Pioneer, Wilson John, Jul 20, 2006)

Bhopal police have detained a local youth on the charge of dashing off e-mails to a couple of media organisations and the Mumbai police in the name of “Lashkar-e-Qahar” accepting the responsibility of the Mumbai train blasts .... (‘Lashkar-E-Qahar’ Hoaxer Held , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 20, 2006)

The 11/7 Mumbai serial blasts have again brought the terrorist training camps being run under the tutelage of Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) into sharp focus. (59 Terror Camps Active In Pak, Pok: Intelligence, Pioneer, Pramod Kumar Singh, Jul 20, 2006)

A taxi driver of Pakistani origin from Coventry in the UK has been questioned in connection with Mumbai train blasts that killed about 200 people last Tuesday, the police said today. (Coventry Man Questioned On Mumbai Blasts , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 20, 2006)

Indian authorities have provided no evidence to support their charges of a Pakistani connection to the Mumbai bombings. Indeed, the police investigation, which has included police sweeps of predominantly Muslim Mumbai slums and indiscriminate . . . (India Failed To Prove Pakistani Hand In Mumbai Blasts, Daily Times, Khalid Hasan, Jul 20, 2006)

Indian police said on Wednesday an e-mail from a little-known Islamic militant group claiming responsibility for the Mumbai train bombings was a hoax. (Mumbai Rail Attacks: Police Reject Responsibility Claim, Daily Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Jul 20, 2006)

One would have to agree whole-heartedly with what President Pervez Musharraf said of the postponement of peace talks between India and Pakistan during Tuesday's meeting of the National Security Council. (Missed Opportunities, News International, Editorial, The News International, Jul 20, 2006)

India and Pakistan need a cooperative security mechanism. (India And Pakistan Need A Cooperative Security Mechanism, Daily Times, Editorial, Daily Times, Jul 20, 2006)

This greenery of the Bangalore Metropolis is made up by the existing thousands of roadside trees planted in the past by our great administrators with so much of wisdom and foresight. (Green Lost In The Gray , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Jul 05, 2006)


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