Two important decisions that Pakistan will take in the week (one already taken):
1. Freeing Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Known for his nuclear proliferation, Khan walked free from the “house arrest” in a pre-arranged deal reached earlier with the Musharraf government. That AQ Khan was not responsible for the logistics of the “nuclear” trade was well known to the intelligence community. The entire deal was swung by Pakistan Army (after all PAF planes were used too) in a quid pro quo deal with both China and North Korea.
If A.Q. Khan was not released, his elder daughter who had earlier ferreted out papers which implicated the Pakistan Army and ISI in the clandestine nuclear “Wal Mart”, would have released them, causing severe embarrassment and worse, international sanctions on Pakistan.
At a time, when it desperately needs cash, Pakistan would have buckled under.
From China, Pakistan received ready made nuclear devises and China even tested one for the Pakistanis at Lop Nor. From the North Koreans the Pakistanis received missiles which were just painted over with Pakistani colors.
North Korea received nuclear technology and parts. China received the superior Dutch enriching technology which AQ Khan stole.
Lashkar e Taiba and A.Q. Khan:
In April 2001, the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) held its annual public meeting in Pakistan. Pakistani nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan attended the meeting as an honored guest. Accompanying Khan at the podium was Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, another Pakistani nuclear scientist who had met with Osama bin Laden the year before. He met with bin Laden again shortly before 9/11 and advise him on how to build a “dirty bomb”.
French journalist Bernard Henri-Levy, the author of a book about Pakistani militant Saeed Sheikh, will later claim in the Wall Street Journal that A Q Khan was a secret member of LeT.
Bernard Henri-Levy goes onto write in Wall Street Journal (9th Dec, 2008):
Far from concentrating only on the cause of Kashmir's independence, and most of all, far from existing only in the notorious and officially ungovernable "tribal zones" on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Lashkar-e-Taiba is an all-terrain group with great political influence. It includes militants in every city of the country: Peshawar, Muzaffarabad, Lahore and even Karachi (Pakistan's economic capital).
Since its creation 15 years ago, the Lashkar-e-Taiba has been linked to the ISI, the formidable Inter-Services Intelligence agency that operates like a state within a state in Pakistan. Obviously, this link is not widely publicized.
However, from the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl to the July 2005 attack on the Ayodhya Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh, there is abundant evidence that the jihadist wing of the ISI has assisted the Lashkar-e-Taiba in the planning and financing of various operations.
Worse yet, the Lashkar-e-Taiba is, as I discovered while researching and reporting my book on Daniel Pearl, a group of which A.Q. Khan, the inventor of Pakistan's atomic bomb, was a longtime friend. Mr. Khan, one may recall, spent a good 15 years trafficking in nuclear secrets with Lybia, North Korea, Iran and, perhaps, al Qaeda, before confessing his guilt in early 2004.
No, this is not a dream -- it is reality. Pakistan is home to a man both father of his country's nuclear program and known sympathizer of an Islamist group whose latest demonstration (26/11) has netted at least 188 dead and several hundred wounded.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba is, ultimately, one of the constitutive elements of what is conventionally called al Qaeda. For too long we've told ourselves that al Qaeda no longer exists except as a brand; that it is only a pure signifier, "franchised" by local organizations independent of one another. Yet there indeed exists in our world what Osama bin Laden called the "International Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders," which is like a constellation of atoms aggregated around a central nucleus. These atoms find themselves, for the most part, clustered in this new zone of tempests that forms the whole of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.”
Taking it from here: the Bangladesh connection.
Read this very important article: Pakistan's forgotten Al Qaeda nuclear link. The connection of AQ Khan, ISI, Osama bin Laden and charity front Ummah Tameer e Nau (Hamid Gul was attached to this too).
2. It seems that Pakistan is all set to blame HuJI-B elements in Bangladesh and muslims in India for the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, clearly shifting the burden of proof from Pakistan.
If this is true, then the fiction coming out of Pakistan in recent years, will truly beat Aesop’s fables.
HuJI-B, ISI and LeT:
Agents of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, under the guise of HuJI-B cadres impart military training for three months to youths of both Bangladesh and India from bases in the Kurigram and Rangpur areas of Bangladesh, near the Coochbehar border.
Similar training camps reportedly also exist in Rangmari, Sundermari, Masaldanga and in other villages, where training is imparted in the use of sophisticated arms and setting off blasts. After training, the youth infiltrate into India and spread to various locations in West Bengal and States in the Northeast region, including Assam.
HUJI-B’s ‘operations commander’ and a key suspect in the plot to assassinate the then Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, in July 2000, Mufti Abdul Hannan, after his arrest in October 2005 admitted to have passed out of the Gouhardanga Madrassa in Pakistan. Police records in Gopalganj district also says that Hannan was trained in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and then sent to Afghanistan to fight the erstwhile Soviet Army.
The HuJI-B reportedly receives financial assistance from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan through Muslim Non-Governmental Organisations in Bangladesh, including the Adarsa Kutir, Al Faruk Islamic Foundation and Hataddin. It is also generously financed by the ISI of Pakistan.
Pratham Alo (Bangladesh newspaper) reported that the HuJI-B used to supply grenades to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to carry out attacks in India.
An arrested HuJI-B leader Abu Zandal has told the police during his interrogation in Dhaka that the outfit had sent several consignments of grenades to the LeT operating in India until 2004.
The last such consignment however, could not be delivered as the LeT representative who was supposed to receive it was killed in an encounter with Border Security Force (BSF) near Bangladesh's Kaliganj frontier. Zandal reportedly told the interrogators that the LeT leader Yazdani, who was killed in 2006 by the Delhi Police, used to maintain links with the detained HuJI-B ‘operations commander’ Mufti Abdul Hannan. Zandal also claimed that the supply of ‘Arges’ grenades were being received from a fugitive, Maulana Tazuddin, believed to be hiding in South Africa.
Among the first incidents of HuJI-B's operations in India to come into the limelight was the August 1999 arrest of four persons at Guwahati. The arrested persons were identified as Muhammad Faisullah Hussaini of Hyderabad in Pakistan's Sindh province, Muhammad Javed Wakhar of Karachi, Maulana Hafiz Wakhar of Kupwara in Kashmir, and Qari Salim Muhammad of Muzaffarnagar in UP.
Interrogations revealed that all four had arrived in Dhaka from Karachi and had crossed over into India through the Karimganj border. They left behind a consignment of explosives in a mosque in Bangladesh for collection later, to be used for future operations in India. Intelligence sources used a decoy to bring this consignment into India. It consisted of 34 kilograms of RDX, nine timer devices and 30 detonators. They further revealed that the HuJI-B had recruited and sent a number of young immigrant Muslims from Assam to Pakistan via Bangladesh. Assam Police subsequently arrested Muhammad Muslimudeen, the Chief Organiser of the HuJI. Investigations also led to the finding that the Naib Amir (Deputy Chief) of HuJI-B in India, Muhammad Fakruddin, was an immigrant Bengali Muslim from Goalpara District in Assam and was based in Pakistan.
Waliullah, the 32 + yrs old Pesh Imam of a mosque in Phulpur near Allahabad, had gone to Pakistan for arms training. Waliullah, a former SIMI cadre, was HuJI-B's area commander for eastern UP. Waliullah's interrogation threw further light on the October 29, 2005, explosions at New Delhi. He revealed that one of three Bangladeshis, involved in the Varanasi attack was in fact a part of the team that carried out the blasts in New Delhi as well, along with cadres from LeT.
HuJI-B was actively involved in assassination plot of Awami League leader and current PM of Bangladesh – Sheikh Hasina. She remains their target more so than ever, fuelled by funds and logistics by ISI.
The important points to note:
A. NATO may be shifting logistics out from Pakistan sooner than later and the unintended beneficiary could well be India and Iran (Chabahar port, Zaranj Delaram highway et al)
B. Awami League is in power in Bangladesh. Any crackdown on HuJI-B in Bangladesh, could move the ISI to assassinate Sheikh Hasina ( hoping not to fail this time)
C. Shift the attention and stall time and focus away from ISI. The role of US remains dubious, as it has withdrawn its demands to interrogate AQ Khan.
D. ISI is short of funds and is concentrating on core activities. Hence coffers of Hurriyats are going empty and its offices are getting closed. Which means the monthly pension to the families of terrorists will also be affected. ISI will move core activities to Pakistan Army and LeT.
E. J-e-M supremo Azhar Mehmood is now being sheltered by Haqqani group (the same group that ISI paid to blow up the Indian embassy in Kabul).
F. Jamaat ud Dawa openly held rallies praising the 26/11 attacks in Islamabad, with the civilian government and police watching and guarding.
And all Indian foreign office said: “We are disappointed with Pakistan.”