The Mumbai massacres and Pakistan’s new nightmares

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India’s demand for action against jihadist groups is entirely legitimate. But this must be done through international pressure upon Pakistan, says Pervez Hoodbhoy,who is the chairman of the physics department at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, is a distinguished scientist and a consistent voice for peace, democracy, and friendly relations between Pakistan and India.

Pakistani military and the Afghan problem

Current developments in the three-way equations involving the United States, Pakistan and India highlight that for the foreseeable future, they would need to factor in a “sleeping partner” — Afghanistan. India, in particular, needs to be cognisant of this strange coupling. Retired Indian Foreign Service official MK Bhadrakumar writes in The Hindu.

No danger of Indo-Pak War

According to Pakistani officials, security forces over-ran a militant camp on the outskirts of Pakistani Kashmir's main city and seized the alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was among at least 12 people in Sunday's raid on the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba the group reportedly responsible for the attacks. It remains unclear if Lakhvi will be extradited to India. These ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan took place amidst local Indian elections with certain Indian media stations speculating on potential Indian military action against Pakistan. Although the deputy editor of The Hindu, Siddharth Varadarajan states "that there is no danger of war between India and Pakistan" he believes that "this crisis is pregnant with implications for Indo-Pak relations and the future of Pakistan." Real News Network interviews Siddharth Varadarajan on the developing situation between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Mumbai Terror Attacks.

Bound by sorrows

India and Pakistan are in this together. Their fights against extremism will founder if fought alone. Mohsin Hamid writes in The Guardian.

For A New Afghan Policy

A "People's Democracy" editorial which demands India to stop dovetailing its Afghan policy to the strategic interests of the US and NATO.

Robert Fisk's report on the state of affairs in Afghanistan.

India’s Pakistan problem is Pakistan’s problem too

If politics and emotion do not dictate India’s response, the terrorist strikes in Mumbai could be a catalyst for ending the Pakistani military’s fatal patronage of jihadi groups. Siddharth Varadarajan writes in The Hindu.

The battle against terror has to be won politically


Member of the Central Secretariat of the CPI(M),Nilotpal Basu shares his thoughts on the terror attack in Mumbai. Rebuffing the parochial campaign that has been launched by media and the frenzied right wing apparatchiks , Comrade.Basu highlights the need for a political solution which should include the strengthening of democratic institutions, and which should be distinct from the US directed “War on Terror”.

Alchemists of Resentment: The Fires in South Asia

Disoriented, like a musth elephant, the State seeks easy solutions: more draconian legislation, more fiery rhetoric, and more warmongering.

Vijay Prashad writes in Counterpunch.

Necessary but insufficient

Should Islamabad fail to act, the UPA government must resist the temptation of relying solely on the United States to crank up the pressure. Instead, it must use the multilateral instruments at its disposal and work with all the permanent members of the UNSC to build pressure on Pakistan’s civilian government. In this connection, a suggestion made by CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat at the all-party meeting on Sunday must be taken seriously. It is to go — in the event of Pakistan failing to cooperate within a reasonable period after the evidence has been presented — to the United Nations Security Council in pursuance of Resolution 1373.The Hindu's editorial on a concrete response to the Mumbai Terror incidents.

Mumbai Bloodbath

Mumbai bloodbath


We are deeply shocked and horrified at the bloody mayhem in Mumbai, which has claimed more than a hundred and ninty lives and caused grievous injuries to several hundred people, besides sending a wave of panic and terror across South Asia and beyond. We convey our profound feelings of sorrow and sympathies to the grieving families of the unfortunate victims of this heinous crime and express our solidarity with them.