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The Mumbai Massacre : Who? How? Why?

04 December, 2008

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A heinous crime has taken place in Mumbai. Innocent human beings have been killed by some monsters in the name of some dubious causes. Pakistan Tribune shares the grief of the victims and offers heartfelt condolences to the aggrieved.


At the moment there are a lot of conflicting reports coming out of the India. There is a crossfire of blames and counter-blames between India and Pakistan. Intense emotional rhetoric is further fogging up the already murky situation enveloping the two nuclear armed states. It is time to cool it off, troubleshoot and, if possible, nip the evil in the bud to avoid a repeat of the incident on either side.


Despite having immense internal problems, starting from Kashmir and spreading as far away as Nagaland and Assam, India feels that the roots of all her troubles lie in Pakistan. While Pakistan, a country most violently hit by terrorism, which has lost thousands of its citizens to terrorism and whose President’s wife was assassinated by similar criminals, feels that India is being unjust in its accusations and that both countries are victims of the same criminals who do not wish to see the two neighbors supping at the same table.


Pakistanis further say that there are also Islamist terror camps in Bangladesh, where the 10,000 strong JMB group receives ample funding and arms from sympathizers across the Muslim world. And that even in India, a massive country with large rural areas under-patrolled by police, Islamist terrorist camps have been found in the Karnataka jungles of the Southwest. What is more, the Maoist Naxalite movement operates in thirteen of India’s twenty-six states and is a robust organization with anywhere up to 20,000 members. In April 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh himself called the Naxalite threat the “biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country.” The Pakistanis assert that there’s plenty of indigenous terrorist training capacity, not all of it controlled by or even backed by Pakistan. And that the insurgency in the North of Pakistan is being fueled and funded by Indians through their Consulates from across the border in Afghanistan.



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  • Reader Comments:

    Why all terror suspts in world lead to pakistan?

    forget india putting flase clams on pakistan.
    Can any one explain why for all terror attacts these key organizarions led to pakistan?
    Is it not pakistan who has last deplomatic relation with taliban?


    Jissa, Norway - 21 December, 2008

    Pak media

    I read most countries media on internet.
    Same news(MUMBAIterror) is represented differently in Pakistan media.
    When all world media say it is non state actors from Pakistan .Pakistan media disagree?
    How can they be so foolish?
    Hope some seance prevails

    jazz, New Zealand - 21 December, 2008

    Try to live and protect lifes

    Guys,
    I went through some of the soft and rest of the harsh comments on this topic.

    One thing I would like to request, don't bread snakes at home to kill neighbours. One day one of the snakes will, by intention or by mistake, bit us.

    One gentleman commented to kill people, whom he falsely believe killer of Muslims. None of them killed Muslims, but the terrorists who claimed to be Muslim. There is more number of Islamic countries that live in peace, than a few, whose leaders use religion for politics and cause the extremism. Please remember that 44 people killed in Mumbai were Muslims and the militants did not keep any Islamic law in killing those innocents, including women and children.

    Give me a single example of terrorist or religious (so called) leader, who live ordinary life and work for the peace and prosperity of his society. They all talk about other religions and collect money from their religion for the business called fight against the others. They all live in luxurious bungalows, eat only milk or mutton, have many women either called wifes or keeps, using most high-tech facilities, travelling in best vehicles and recruiting poor people on behalf of religion. However, none of their children are sent to the front line for fighting, but just to enjoy their wealth.

    This is the world that evolved in centuries through civilisations. Hence, don't be foolish to erase all except one with gun and bombs, because it is against the interest of one group of ill-educated religious leaders or best educated businessmen. By support these people out of sentiments, we would be just inviting a chaos in our home-lands just like that happened in Afghan and Iraq. Stay in line with civilised societies including the Islamic societies and avoid destruction of nations and handing over them to the warlords.

    May God be not the most disappointed, because of his last religion named after PEACE is used by a handful of people to preventing peace in this whole world.

    Human, Hungary - 21 December, 2008

    Accept the blame & I do believe it is us pakistanis who attacked Mumbai

    I think we pakistani should accept that our military(ISI)is behind this attack & should not support these kind of terrorists attacks anywhere in the world.Then only we will be safe inside pakistan
    Insallah!!!

    Imran, Pakistan - 21 December, 2008

    PAK a great country!!

    Dear Fellows without prejudice,
    All these theories and allegations that ISI is behind Mumbai carnage are foil and false. Pak itself has been hit v hard by this malice, most of the times perpatrated by its neighbour's spying agency RAW or CIA(State sponsored terrorist agencies). It is the nefarious nexus of RAW and MOSSAD that is pulling out another 9/11 like scam. Security lapses despite of credible information from credible sources well ahead of time is one clue. THE FACT is; Muslims all around the world are victim of bigotry and racism, just because they are Muslims and Zionist and Hindu Meida has been successful in painting all of them as terrorists, because they have courage to rise above deter tyranny in any form or other . They have been burnt alive in Gujrat by BJP Narinder MOndi, VHP , Indian Army and paramilitary, in the bright day light. Yet, terrorist Mondi is free.Col Prohit is seemingly off the hook, for record he is the one who is involved in killing 65 Pakistani Muslims on "Samjhota Express" in India.Hindu terrorists have been supporting him and other military officials openly. Why Indian hypocrites cannot see the wrath of state terrorism under their own nose. Kashmiris are tortured in crucifying manner every day. Amnesty International once again lately has unveiled Indian attrocities in Kashmir. Kashmir and Palestine are the foremost issues. Anyone who values morality and Ethics would undoubtedly support the freedom struggle in KAshmir. It is their SELF DETERMINATION right. I dont understand why ppl cant understand this, It is too simple, they want to be freed. Why State TErrorist Indian Army has been keeping them hostage for 60 years and raping their women and killing innocents.It appears that Indians and their US friends are the biggest hypocrites spotted here. Who so ever thinks that India can attack Pakistan or walk into Pakistan as simply as they say it, are basically plunged into deep delusional dilemma. REMEMBER!!!! Pak is a Strong defence, highly professional Military and reputable Air Force. Attacking Pakistan by no means will prove beneficial to Pak only in the short and long run. I better warn war mongers state terrorists to come out of their psychotic state of mind and save HUMANITY.

    K.Siddiqui, Canada - 21 December, 2008

    Stop Blaming Each Other: Layman View

    Mumbai Compromised: A sad thing to happen, could not see Taj going up in flames.
    If I am correct India comes 2nd only after Iraq in the number of deaths reported coz Terrotist Activity.
    I do not have proper data but I am sure that more than a thousand have died in India in the Year 2008 owing to terrorism.
    The time when Terrorist held up hostages in The Taj and The Oberoi, one Indian minister downplayed the attack as almost an everyday activity.
    My point: India should have woke up long back.
    Indian politicians should stop there skirmishes and work towards the upliftment of India. And ofcourse secure Indians.

    Pakistan is obsessed with Kashmir. They call POK as Azad Kashmir, huh!!!
    You call poverty as 'azady'. I agree India is poor (but developing) but pakistan is worse. Indian Kashmiris are better off then Pakistan Occupied Kashmiris.

    Fine I let it go for the time being.

    Terrorism: Paksitan never realised that it can be double edged sword. Pakistan patronised terrorist outfits and used innocent Kashimiris and pakistani people against India but now has got embroiled in its own soup.

    Please Pak Govt. now wake up clean the mess that your previous dictators and govt. made. Otherwise both Pakistanis and Indians would have to pay a heavy price for this.

    debasis, Hungary - 21 December, 2008

    Mumbai Terror Attack - 26 November 2008

    I am furious and disheartened, not just this incident happened, but it happened YET again. This just goes to points out India's rotten political system and disgusting red tape system. Mumbai (previously known as Bombay) has seen several terrorist attacks and bomb blasts. The sad part is, this attack is not the last one there will be many more to come not only to Mumbai but to other cities of India.

    Please don't get me wrong, I am not a spokesperson of terrorists, but I am trying to point out just one fast. After Sep 11 attack on US, have you heard any other attack on the US? The answer is No, because right after the attack, Bush Administration made sure they would attack the source of the attacks. That resulted in demolishing of Al-Qaida. I have mad respects for Bush for having guts to take that bold step. People may not realise it now, but he did broke the backbone of terrorists breading farm, aka Taliban.

    Let me tell you what will happen in India after this attack. Make no mistake, Indian will kill and/or capture there terrorists. Each and every one in India including common man know their origin, but Indian Army and/or police will interrogate these lunatics for at least a month. They will then confirm that they are Pakistani nationals and from the group names Lashkar-e-Taiba. Our great Politicians will condemn it on Television and newspaper. Mumbai will be back to normal in couple of month. These “brain washed terrorists' will be kept alive in prisons, until they run away or are released to rescue some highjack airplane.

    So what is my point? Well my point is in a form of a wish. I wish there was a huge party in one of there 5 star hotels and the guest list would has names like Jayant Advani (Opposition Leader's son), Ritesh Deshmukh (Mumbai CM's Son) and Rahul Gandi (Son of Ruling party's head). I would love to watch them if they still try to take political mileage out of heinous act like this? Trust me even if one of the above would have died (god forbid) Indian government would not condemn or interrogate these “disgusting terrorists” but will do that George Bush did back then… Smoke them out and kill them.

    Rochak Chauhan, Hungary - 21 December, 2008

    Allah ke liye.....

    Jihadis and the Govt. of Pakistan please stop spreading terror on the name of Allah. Even he will not get place in the heaven because of your activities

    Abhijit, Hungary - 22 December, 2008

    Pakistan Govt. supporting Terrorists

    Hello everyone. I have immense love and respect for common pakistani people. But, it is very sad to know that all the terrorist activities originate from Pakistan and there is no two doubts about it.

    Why is Pakistani govt. refusing to hand over terrorists to India, unless it is scared that the terrorist will reveal that the Pakistan Govt. & ISI is very much involved in the terrorist activities.

    Also what proof does the Pak Govt need to arrest terrorist. A person for whom Indian Airline was hijacked and the terrorist demanded the release of that person, is the biggest proof the world can have. He was in Indian prison and Indian Govt. had to release him FORCEFULLY, however he is in Pakistan and it is the duty of Pakistan govt. to hand over him to India. It is shameful of Pakistan Govt. to even ask proof for such person.

    If the Pak. Govt says it is not efficient enough to take action against terrorist, then please ask help of US and Indian troops. I challenge that within 2-3 days, India will destroy all the terrorist camps in Pakistan and POK.

    Pakistan people please pressurize the govt. to act immediately or else face the consequences.

    Raj Aryan, United Arab Emirates - 22 December, 2008

    we need to change

    pakistan politics need to change. we need to focus on education, jobs, etc and give people better living. look at india, they have good industry, economic growth, etc. we as a country remain backward. let us stop supporting terrorists in the name of allah. if we do not change now, we will be the world's most backward country in 10 years. i definitely feel it is terrorists in pakistan with some support from politicians and ISI who attacked mumbai.

    jehangir khan, Pakistan - 22 December, 2008

    The terrorists have now been killed and we will not know who they were or where they were from. The one that survives had his statements taken under torture and is therefore worthless. We will only hear what the Indian authorities want us to hear! The dead terrorists used the issue of Kashmir as their prima facia for the attacks, they did not invoke religious justifications. It is human emotions and human nature for revenge that drives these hot-headed fanatics to kill civilians, which is very irnonic. Injustice shall beget injustice and terror shall beget terror.

    I also read with interest Union Minister A R Antulay's comments on Hindu links behind the Mumbai attacks!

    zaki hammaad, Malaysia - 23 December, 2008

    hindustan jindabad

    india is best,pakistan must be destroy all terrorist camps in pakistan. why are pakistani government shaking hand with terrorists. hindustan jindabad. jai hind. pakistani is also good but pakistani government & ISI agency is bad.

    indian, hindustani, Hungary - 23 December, 2008

    I wish i could buy some brain for these people....

    the people, thirsty for war are of two kinds.

    first kind does it on purpose of their own

    Second, the fools follow.


    WAQAR JAHANDAD, United Kingdom - 23 December, 2008

    There is nothing more left to say. That lady from US has said everything.
    "Pakistan IS an International Migraine".

    A perfect example of what a state should never become.

    Anand, Hungary - 23 December, 2008

    Be a Human First

    Historically, the soil of indo pak has seen many conflicts and struggles. Some imposed upon and some self-created. If I were to list the number of misfortunes they would be as follows:Keeping in mind, the victim being the common HUMAN BEING(irrespective of religion),
    1. Mogol rule (They were the least Islamic and ther paractices totally non-islamic. Islam teaches simplicity not grandeure...There is no monarchy system..where the power struggle leads to son killing father etc.)
    2.British leaving behind a contentious issue of Kashmir so that there will never be peace amongst the 2
    3. Neo colonist USA using pakistan for 2 decades to fight the cold war for the west and in return end up by introducing the Kashinokoff culture and creating all the ingredients for terrorism ( people, resources, technology, potential)
    4.Instead of supporting to fight and clear up this mess, leaving them behind as a reason to keep this region de-stabilised for their own vested interests. The West does not have friends...It has ALLIES which when they have used, they dump unceramoneously. Pakistan is a victim of:
    1. Lack of selfless leadership
    2.Political resolve and will amongst those who can make a difference
    3. Inability to keep a balanced approach (Neither swaying towards policies which are incorrectly linked with 'fundamentalism' as being fundamentally correct in your religious beliefs is not wrong...and no where in Islam is it justified to kill innocent people..If there are greivances, declare war and keep to the stict rules of war which immediately state that innocent people have to be safeguarded. Islam goes to the extent of mentioning that innocent people who have no intention of aggresion towards you need to be accompanied to a place of safeguard rather than be slaughtered. Secondly, nowhere in Islam is self harm, suicide allowed be it for a cause..These people are destined to burn in hell as they have burned themselves...
    Nor...to the enlightened moderation which has led to obscenity and loss of all moral sence in the media and the selected so called elete class in Pakistan...Beware...what you are following is already led to failed societies in the west where they have started to reap the rewards to liberal society.
    The Best way is PEACE within oneself and for others..
    Be self accountable first before pointing a finger at the other..
    Beware of oppression...But use just and ethical ways to voice against aggresion...Killing innocent people whether muslim, jew, hindu, christian or any other religion is wrong...The mothers of all these children will feel the same pain...The orphans of these parents will feel the same anguish...Be a HUMAN first...The Almighty will judge us first whether we were worthy of being a good human first then anything else....
    The following thoght provoking questions should be sought to be answered to find out who has done what in the name of terrorism historically...the blame game is equally balanced so instead of scoring points, the people should unite and seek out a solution...leave the politicians to them selves ..

    Human first, Pakistan - 23 December, 2008

    who -how -why

    1.who--- uneducated people(with no future) who does not value life.
    2.how-- they were brought to camps given well support n praise for their bravery, brain wahsed by showing them hatred videos n lactures that how non-muslims, indian-us-israeli are treating muslims all over the world.that they should do good deed on allahs n religions name. they were brain washed so much that they were ready to loose thier priceous life.
    3.why--- real people behind knows that india is doing well these days. kashmir issue is still pending. if india run away with good economy kashmir issue might die. ISI n pak miliatry does not want india to become economical strong n prospure. coz with pakistans failing states situation. sometimes hate n jealousy do comes n play a big roll.
    some countries have gone on top after being distroyed in world war 2. but india have made very slow n little progress in 60 yr but indias goal to become developed country in next 20 yrs is on the agenda. where as paksitan has gone back. what will pakistan in next 20 yrs no body knows not even pakistani them selves . when country is not doing fine , govt is not stable. futrue looks dark. there will more terrorist attacks from people with no future.
    BUT here what pakistan n india could do look at the developed countries learn to fix corruption in their countries , be proffesional in every field. try to match west with teconology and brain. leave the religion behind , make their citizens happy.

    ffonni, Pakistan - 23 December, 2008

    who -how -why

    1.who--- uneducated people(with no future) who does not value life.
    2.how-- they were brought to camps given well support n praise for their bravery, brain wahsed by showing them hatred videos n lactures that how non-muslims, indian-us-israeli are treating muslims all over the world.that they should do good deed on allahs n religions name. they were brain washed so much that they were ready to loose thier priceous life.
    3.why--- real people behind knows that india is doing well these days. kashmir issue is still pending. if india run away with good economy kashmir issue might die. ISI n pak miliatry does not want india to become economical strong n prospure. coz with pakistans failing states situation. sometimes hate n jealousy do comes n play a big roll.
    some countries have gone on top after being distroyed in world war 2. but india have made very slow n little progress in 60 yr but indias goal to become developed country in next 20 yrs is on the agenda. where as paksitan has gone back. what will pakistan in next 20 yrs no body knows not even pakistani them selves . when country is not doing fine , govt is not stable. futrue looks dark. there will more terrorist attacks from people with no future.
    BUT here what pakistan n india could do look at the developed countries learn to fix corruption in their countries , be proffesional in every field. try to match west with teconology and brain. leave the religion behind , make their citizens happy.

    ffonni, Pakistan - 23 December, 2008

    Export goods "Made in Pakistan" to India, not "Terrorists Trained in Pakistan"

    Pakistan should export its goods made by poor Pakistanis to earn revenue and to improve well being of poor Pakistanis. India has huge population and middle class which can absorb all goods exported by Pakistan, which in turn can provide more employment, better education and eradicate poverty from Pakistan. If relation improves between India and Pakistan then of course India can be a natural partner in Science/Technology and education in Pakistan. Even Middle Eastern country like Qatar has tied up with Indian management institute and have branch there. Think about tourism industry of Pakistan which will be benefited from Indian tourists. Switzerland, Canada, Japan are the best example of developed countries which does not spend much on military and still they are safest and most richest countries in the world. No country can think of attacking these countries. In contrast exporting terrorists to India Pakistan will be a big looser in all fronts. Practically it is not possible for Pakistan being a small country to spend huge money on defense and can not maintain huge army for long time. Even they maintain big armies they can not afford war and will not be able counter India in conventional or nuclear war. Of course India will suffer big way in future war but will be able to sustain the war looking at the size of the country, but in case of Pakistan its existence will be at stake. In today's world no country can afford war. India does not have ambition to attack Pakistan or disintegrate Pakistan and increase its territory if India does not find Pakistan a threat. People of India do not see Pakistani people as a threat. ISI and Armies are the biggest threat for Pakistan and India both. They are the once who sponsor terrorism. India never said that Pakistan Govt. is responsible for these attacks. But non-state actors are Pakistan's responsibility because they operate from their soil. If Pakistan does not have control over its army, ISI and its territory than India don't have any other option left to protect its citizens from future attacks.

    God bless people of India and Pakistan.



    D Dave, Hungary - 23 December, 2008

    China talks peace

    China says peace

    Have dialogue, compromise
    That's the Chinese advise
    Wisdom is from China side
    China peace is far and wide

    China is much against war
    See how sweet Chinese are
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    Future's sole super power

    All know,it aint surprise
    Chinese really are so wise
    Welcome China, dear friend
    China's peace got no pretend

    Peaceful China is so sweet
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    Yes, the world understands
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    China peace is the tresure
    Follow it,you got pleasure
    China nation is rising sun
    China rise is just begun

    While others drop N flop
    China sure will go to top
    China is the nation grand
    Grandest,with peace in hand

    Listen one, listen crowd
    China makes us feel proud
    So make peace on top above
    China calls for peace N love



    Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 24 December, 2008

    Its high time Pakistani civil govt. realizes threat posed by these terrorists to itself and the worl

    Looks like Zardari already forgot his wife's death. Sympathy wave of her death returned his party to power which is turning him blind. Even though enormous amount of evidence provided to his Govt. he and his Govt denying Pakistani link. First he said, no links then goes and goes and says Non-state actors did it as if this is not the responsibility of his Govt to control these rogues. Unless he acts now he and Pakistan civilan society too will fall to the tentacles spread out by these rogue elements. Current civilian govt should begin clean-up from top and destroy all their roots. If his govt doesn't have guts to take on these evil minds he should let the international community including India destroy these terrorist camps and save the world.

    Anand, United Kingdom - 24 December, 2008

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