The Myth of the Sin the Mahatma Would Not Commit – Chapter 2

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The Indian Muslim Begins to Awaken

The despairing aftermath of the 1857 uprisings prompted visionary reformist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan to direct his efforts towards socio-economic betterment of the Muslims albeit the course of reason he adopted earned him intense criticism from a myriad of quarters and for multiple reasons.  Having born into Muslim nobility of Delhi in 1817, raised in the finest traditions of Muslim elite culture in India, and having received traditional Muslim education that included exposure to religion and science, Syed Ahmed evolved into an unorthodox intellectual who could not be stereotyped.  Despite the fact the events of 1857 touched him at a personal level in more than one way, he accepted British rule as a reality – displeasing yet inescapable.

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The Myth of the Sin the Mahatma Would Not Commit – Chapter 1

See Behind The Veil

The Prelude

Seven decades after the blood-spattered creation of a nation-state in South Asia, named ‘Pakistan’ in a 1933 pamphlet ‘Now or Never – Are we to live or perish forever?’ by Chaudhry Rahmat Ali (a Cambridge Graduate & Muslim activist of British India), namely for political and intellectual reasons the conception of this ‘Land of the Pure’ remains an enigmatic controversy attracting continued discourse both in liberal and conservative scholarship.

Broadly speaking most modern scholars, foreign and native, appear to permit preconceived notions, born of Western Rationalism and Liberalism, to combine with a fractured understanding of Islam’s vision and the evolution of Jinnah’s person, as they expound the causes of the creation of Pakistan.  Perceptions, primarily rooted in the modern-day concept of Free-thought, coupled with the nowadays in vogue passion for novelty of argument, further contribute to the invention of rather weak albeit fancy intellectual interpretations of…

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India Might Wage An Anti-Pakistani Infowar After The Sri Lankan Attacks

By Andrew Korybko
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India is carefully crafting the implied narrative that the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks wouldn’t have happened had the island’s authorities acted on the tips that its intelligence agencies shared with them, with it being very likely that New Delhi will incorporate this notion into a forthcoming anti-Pakistani infowar in order to pressure other countries into unquestionably trusting its fake news allegations against Islamabad, especially if it attempts to link its neighbor to Daesh’s previously reported activity in Kashmir and its recent claims of establishing the so-called “Wilaya of Hind”.

There’s a common saying that “all is fair in love and war”, and few practice this as much as the Indians who follow the anything-goes approach of the ancient proto-Machiavellian Chanakaya. The recent terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka are still in the back of the global public’s mind, reminding them of the danger that the scourge of ideological extremism poses to the rest of the world. The pure shock of what happened made many people impressionable to all sorts of interpretations related to that horrific event, with many Westerners falling for the devious divide-and-rule narrative about a seemingly inevitable “Clash of Civilizations” and consequently blaming Islam for this tragedy. Keenly understanding what the non-Muslim audience all across the world would likely be misled into thinking, India’s ruling Hindutva fundamentalists quickly “leaked” the information that the country’s intelligence services had supposedly tipped off their Sri Lankan counterparts before the attack, but that their warnings fell on deaf ears for a variety of reasons. The implied narrative being pushed is that the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks wouldn’t have happened had the authorities acted on India’s intelligence.

Whether one believes that this is true, false, or misleading, the fact of the matter is that this notion will likely be incorporated by India into a forthcoming anti-Pakistani infowar in order to pressure other countries into unquestionably trusting its fake news allegations against Islamabad. These more often than not attempt to tie its neighbor to all sorts of plots, especially the acts of resistance that regularly take place in Kashmir but are smeared as “acts of terrorism” by New Delhi, which therefore serves the purpose of pushing the weaponized narrative that Pakistan is a “state sponsor of terrorism”. As “coincidence” would have it, Daesh just declared the establishment of the so-called “Wilaya of Hind” in South Asia approximately a year and a half after claiming its first attack in Kashmir, with the second-mentioned event being a Hindutva dream come true because it contributed to “justifying” India’s deployment of 750,0001 million occupation forces in the democracy-seeking region. In light of the latest development, there’s little doubt that Indian intelligence is preparing to concoct a convoluted theory (most likely “proven” through falsified “evidence” and fake news claims) tying Daesh to both the Kashmiri freedom movement and the Pakistani state.

The relevance that this forthcoming infowar campaign has to Sri Lanka is that India will remind its intended audience that the island nation could have prevented one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent memory had it acted on the intelligence that New Delhi provided, hence why India is taking “decisive action” against what it will probably eventually claim are the “interconnected threats” of Daesh, the Kashmiri freedom movement, and Pakistan. Furthermore, it can’t be discounted that Indian intelligence will invent similarly false claims against Pakistani citizens and officials residing abroad in order to manipulate the host state into expelling them and provoking a diplomatic scandal like New Delhi demands, pressuring them to take action “before it’s too late” by blindly believing whatever India tells them without taking the time to assess its veracity. The grand strategic intent behind all of this is to malign the reputation of the civilization-connecting global pivot state by falsely linking it to the world’s most notorious terrorist group prior to leading the crusade for multilateral sanctions against it.

Pakistan Must Take Swift Action Against the Foreign Backers of BLA Terrorism

By Adam Garrie
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Yesterday, four heavily armed BLA terrorists dressed in uniforms of security service personnel broke into a five-star hotel in Gwadar with the intent of slaughtering civilian gusts including foreigners – Chinese guests in particular. After a heroic security guard was martyred in his valiant attempted to prevent the terrorists from entering the building, a firefight took place between the terrorists and the authorities. Ultimately, all four of the terrorists were destroyed.

This was the second major BLA attack in recent months. In April, between 15-20 BLA terrorists boarded a bus in Ormara whilst also wearing uniforms of the security services. The terrorists then proceeded to shoot 14 civilians at point blank range in one of the most vile attacks of the year.

In each instance, the BLA has attempted to sow both bloodshed and fear among locals and visitors to Gwadar. As Gwadar is set to become a future megacity of international trade, regional commerce, energy production and tourism, the forces of wickedness are doing everything they can to retard this progress. This de facto makes the BLA an enemy of CPEC and of the prosperity Pakistan shall derive from its Belt and Road connectivity. This itself explains why Chinese civilians were targeted in yesterday’s hotel siege.

It must be made clear by Pakistani officials in the highest of public places that the BLA’s creation and existence was facilitated by an Indian state and RAW which after 1971 sought to do to Balochistan what was done to East Pakistan. In spite of the fact that Balochistan is the least populace province of Pakistan, its strategic location has always been a source of envy for those in India whose goal is to eliminate the existence of the Pakistani state.

Balochistan, like KP province is also vulnerable due to its misfortune of sharing a border with Afghanistan. For decades, countries like India and others have used friendly Afghan regimes to set up base in the country with the aim of conducting cross-border terror attacks on Pakistan. It is almost certain that Afghan supply lines were used in both last month’s and this month’s attacks in Balochistan.

It is therefore imperative for Pakistan to hold India and Afghanistan to account. In respect of India, Pakistan should make an official complaint to the UN about the matter and enter decades worth of evidence onto the record at the world’s highest international forum.

In respect of Afghanistan, the Caroline Test in international law allows for Pakistan to conduct legal airstrikes on terrorist elements in Afghanistan that pose a clear and present danger to Pakistani security. As the BLA have multiple assets in Afghanistan, it is therefore perfectly legal and ethically legitimate for Pakistan to conduct such strikes.

While black propagandists blame Pakistan’s problems with terror on internal situations, the fact of the matter is that for decades, the country has been squeezed like an accordion by Indian provocations to the east and Afghan provocations to the west. The fact that many have asked whether India is housing anti-Pakistan assets at the Indian managed port at Iran’s Chabahar, means that it is likewise imperative for Tehran to cooperate with Pakistan over such enquiries.

Unless Pakistan takes into account all of the dastardly deeds of its neighbours and corrects these injustices at the UN and if necessary through legal military actions, the situation will not change. The time for the rhetoric of idiocy has long since passed. Human life has been put at risk due to Islamabad’s traditional willingness to bow before foreign agitators.

Pakistan’s ISI Has a Crucial Role to Play in Helping Sri Lanka Achieve Justice and Peace

By Adam Garrie
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Pakistan has pledged to assist Sri Lanka in its investigation into the multiple atrocities which took place throughout the island nation days ago. In particular, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has a vital role to play in uncovering the true culprits behind this incident.

Already, the truth of who and what was behind the terror attacks is being muddied by a combination of open incompetence and cunning deviousness among media outlets that have rushed to judgement rather than attempt to connect the dots whilst waiting for hard evidence to appear. It is all but impossible that the small and obscure National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) could have pulled off the kind of attack that normally could only be accomplished by terror groups working directly with a state’s military-intelligence agency.  It is of course of note that NTJ reportedly trains in the same part of India’s Tamil Nadu that was once home to the anti-Sri Lankan LTTE terror group – a group openly backed by India prior to 1987 whilst India’s RAW continued to covertly back LTTE even after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Secondly, as Daesh (aka ISIS) has never been active among the small population of Sri Lankan Muslims who have never been prone to any form of extremism, it seems utterly incredible that even non-Indian media outlets are portraying an unusual and un-evidenced claim by a pro-Daesh website as a legitimate indication that the attack was committed by a terror group totally foreign to Sri Lanka. 

Into this chaos, Pakistan’s ISI can help to separate fact from fiction. Not only does ISI have a track record of counter-terrorism and investigative excellence against both religious extremist terrorist groups like TTP and secular extremist terrorists like BLA, but ISI also understands the warning signs to look for in the event of a false flag attack that has been staged by a hostile foreign intelligence service.

The following issues that Eurasia Future has raised in relation to investigating the atrocities in Sri Lanka are well placed to be answered by the experts in ISI:

1. The dialect and vernacular of the suspects 

In several terror attacks in India that were blamed on Pakistan, the suspects in question did not have a grasp on the Urdu language nor other official/indigenous languages of Pakistan. There have even been some cases where supposedly Pakistani born men accused of terror plots in India quite obviously spoke in a vernacular native to India rather than Pakistan.

In the case of Sri Lanka, whether the suspects are Sri Lankan or foreign, it is important that it is publicly confirmed that they speak the language and or dialect of the ethno-linguistic and/or geographical group to which they supposedly belong.

In the instance of cover-ups or false flag attacks within south Asia, discrepancies in languages, accents and dialects are important to thoroughly investigate so as to determine whether an apprehended alleged terrorist is who and what he claims to be or is initially suspected of being.

2. Examine the bodies of the terrorists 

There have likewise been instances primarily in India where terror attacks were blamed on either Pakistanis or Indian Muslims whilst there has been strong evidence to suggest that the attackers were anything but Muslims or Pakistanis. There has been testimony from individuals who examined the bodies of various terrorists in India who were allegedly Pakistani Muslims, which reported that the suspects were not circumcised. Within south Asia’s diverse religious makeup, the only group that is universally circumcised is Muslim males.

Hence, if the terrorists in question (living suspects or dead bodies) are not circumcised, it can be assured that anyone trying to call the attack an Islamist terror incident is not being sincere.

3. Politicisation of the attacks 

During the 2008 attacks in Mumbai (aka Bombay), the Indian authorities alluded to Pakistani culprits whilst the incident continued to unfold. Thus far, Sri Lankan authorities have avoided public inferences or open speculation as to the ethnic, religious, political or national origin of the terrorists.

In the coming hours and days, the words of Sri Lankan and regional authorities should be examined carefully to see if any major figures are trying to sow a narrative that politicises the event before the hard facts are known.

4. Who benefits? 

Both regionally and in terms of Sri Lanka’s recently heated internal political rivalries, one must consider who will benefit from the tragedy or who could otherwise exploit the situation for personal/political gain. If the attack was (as I personally suspect) conducted by resurgent LTTE terrorists, the atrocities are indicative of the fact that ten years after LTTE’s defeat, the group is again active.

As LTTE had been eliminated within Sri Lanka, one must examine what the group’s supporters have been up to in countries where they have knowingly congregated over the last ten years. Beyond this, if the attack was sponsored by a foreign state, one must examine which state seeks to gain the most.

India first backed LTTE in its long war against Sri Lanka. However, when India withdrew its support, LTTE assassinated Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since the mid-1990s, elements of India’s intelligence agency RAW  rekindled ties with LTTE in an attempt to better manipulate the balance of power in the region. Similar tactics have been employed by RAW in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

At a time when Sri Lanka is maintaining good and expanding relations with China and Pakistan alike in spite of internal political rivalries, India could stand to benefit by effectively punishing Sri Lanka for drawing close to China. Under such a possible scenario, India may well have backed revivalist LTTE elements in order to carry out a dastardly deed.

In spite of who committed the atrocity, known Islamophobes have already decided who the culprit is. Here too, India’s ruling BJP stands to benefit by pinning the attack on Sri Lanka’s very small Muslim minority as a means of beating the drumming of Hindutva jingoism during the ongoing election process in India.

5. Drugs 

Most terrorists are on drugs during and even prior to their attacks. At this point in history, the narcotic captagon is the terrorist’s drug of choice. Other drugs including multiple varieties of meth and cocaine are also popular among terrorists.

The places where the terrorists were lodging prior to the attack should be forensically examined for all traces of drugs. Authorities should then work to trace the origins of the narcotics so as to see if they can be linked to known drug cartels or trafficking syndicates”.

Irresponsible media outlets continue to peddle a uniquely Islamophobic line on the incident without actually taking into account the fact that whilst Sri Lanka has been the victim of decades of terrorism, there has never been an Islamist terrorist incident in the country’s history. Instead, Sri Lanka has suffered at the hands of the secular (with a Hindu majority membership) LTTE and the secular far-left JVP.

It is also irresponsible to overlook the fact that India’s ruling party stands to benefit greatly from the atrocity as the narrative being unquestioningly pushed by major Indian and western media outlets lends pseudo-credibility to the BJP’s infamously vicious anti-Muslim agenda. It is all the more worrisome that after Pakistan’s military put an end to India’s aggressive acts against its neighbour in February, India’s rulers might have sought to extract vengeance against a softer target – Sri Lanka.

It is likewise irresponsible to ignore the fact that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena reportedly feared that India’s RAW would assassinate him in late 2018 after he attempted to replace his Prime Minister with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a known proponent of healthy China-Sri Lanka relations.

It further beggars belief that it is merely a coincidence the attacks took place just days before the prominent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing that Sri Lanka was to have played a major role in. Now, the fate of Sri Lanka’s economy has been put into question because of an attack that came just weeks shy of the 10 year anniversary of Sri Lanka’s heroic defeat of the LTTE terror group after a 26 year long civil war that had doubtlessly been lengthened by both overt and covert Indian meddling. Thus, one can see that Sri Lanka and China could both face material economic challenges as a result of the atrocity, whilst Pakistan once again stands victimised by an Indian media that exhibits a malign tendency of blaming all of the region’s woes on Pakistan.

All of these factors must be examined but instead of calmly and objectively seeking answers to these questions and concerns, a campaign of hated has been launched by both the Indian and western media against those asking the right questions at the right time and for the right reasons.

Because of this, it is imperative that an intelligence organisation with the proven professionalism of ISI helps their fraternal Sri Lankan partner to discover just who and what was behind a vicious attack that disturbed 10 years of Sri Lankan peace.

Right On Cue, Indian Media Blames Pakistan For The Sri Lankan Terrorist Attacks

By Andrew Korybko
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It was bound to happen sooner than later, but Indian media finally decided to play the “Pakistan card” by attempting to connect their neighbor’s ISI intelligence agency to the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks, a desperate narrative move that says a lot more about the Indian incumbent’s political vulnerability during the ongoing month-long electoral process than anything about Pakistan’s purported culpability in this tragedy.

The Cheap Shot That The Whole World Saw Coming

It was only a matter of time before Indian media predictably blamed Pakistan for the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks, which just happened earlier this week in a piece by Vicky Nanjappa for “Oneindia” about “How ISI radicalised Sri Lanka through the Pakistan High Commission“. The writer wasted no time in reminding the reader about a years-long scandal in Sri Lanka initiated by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and claiming that a Pakistani diplomat on the island nation was responsible for plotting a Mumbai-style attack in South India, never mind the fact that the incident that this allegedly masterminded one was being based on was actually a false flag. In fact, it can be argued that one of the consequences of the Mumbai attacks is that India capitalized on the manufactured notion that Pakistan’s ISI intelligence agency was behind it in order to portray its rival as a regional bogeyman who all of South Asia had to be suspicious of from then on out, so it’s logical in hindsight why India’s RAW intelligence agency would also cook up a conspiracy about this in Sri Lanka in an attempt to weaken historically strong Pakistani-Sri Lankan relations.

Convoluted And Conspiratorial Claims

The enduring motivation to divide Pakistan from its regional partners and opportunistically misportray it as a “state sponsor of terrorism” is what’s also behind the latest attempt trying to connect it to the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks. Mr. Nanjappa reminds his reader about the fake news claims that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Buddhist nationalist organization is supposedly being bankrolled by the ISI, which is more than likely another weaponized narrative that ultimately originated with RAW. According to Mr. Nanjappa’s far-reaching theory, the Pakistani diplomat supposedly responsible for organizing a Mumbai-style attack in South Asia also paid the BBS to incite anti-Muslim violence in order to improve the ISI’s recruitment prospects of local Muslims afterwards, with the clear innuendo being that this somehow makes Islamabad responsible for last weekend’s Easter suicide bombings. This convoluted narrative is understandably confusing for most people to follow, but for as much as it turns off readers from outside the region, it nevertheless is meant to be ultra-intriguing for its intended audience in South Asia, especially the Indian one.

Fearmongering For Votes

It can’t be forgotten that Prime Minister Modi is battling for his political life during his country’s ongoing month-long electoral process and that he’s hoping to win re-election on a platform that heavily emphasizes national security. India was just utterly humiliated, however, following the dogfight that it initiated with Pakistan in late February after the Bollywood-style “surgical strike”, which led to New Delhi’s rival capturing one of the downed pilots prior to releasing him as a gesture of peace and then Modi’s own Defense Minister later publicly contradicting her own government by admitting that not a single person was injured in the Balakot attack. For a political leader who prides himself on his notion of national security, these events were certainly embarrassing and reduced his dwindling credibility among the electorate, hence the need to distract voters with more fearmongering scandals in the meantime so that he can improve his re-election odds. Therein lays the relevance of the ridiculous claims that Pakistan is conspiring with Russia and China to wage Hybrid Wars against the entire world and specifically India, respectively.

The BJP’s Hybrid War On India

In reality, these public accusations by the state and civil society are actually a form of Hybrid War in and of themselves, one that’s being waged not only on the minds of the international audience that India intends to trick into thinking that Pakistan is a “state sponsor of terrorism” and therefore should be subject to unilateral US sanctions and multilateral UN ones, but also against its own citizens who these perception management practitioners want to imbue with a deep sense of fear that they can then exploit to mislead their targets into thinking that India can only be protected by re-electing Modi and continuing his “muscular” foreign policy. I predicted in my piece earlier this week about my “Initial Assessment Of The Terrorist Attacks In Sri Lanka” that “it’ll be tempting for some [international forces] to imply that their rivals’ intelligence agencies might have had a hand in the latest events, or at the very least present themselves as super tough on terrorism for domestic political reasons (e.g. Modi during the elections)” which is exactly what India is now doing.

Political Purposes

India’s “Hindi Heartland/Cow Belt”, the stronghold of the BJP’s support, has yet to go to the polls but is about to real shortly in the election’s upcoming phases, so spinning the narrative that Pakistan might have indirectly had a hand in the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks is meant to ensure that as many of Modi’s supporters come out to vote as possible in order to help him win this neck-and-neck election. As an added benefit, New Delhi would be delighted if Sri Lankan media picked up on Mr. Nanjappa’s piece and provoked one of their pro-Indian politicians to publicly praise it and/or demand an investigation into what India is framing as “Pakistan’s Hybrid War” in the country. Even better, since his article was written in English, international media further abroad might republish it too, especially some of the forces that have an interest in sparking a so-called “Clash of Civilizations”. It would be a dream come true for Modi if these weaponized fake news claims eventually made it to the UN, too.

Concluding Thoughts

It’s unsurprising that an Indian writer decided to opportunistically spin a convoluted and conspiratorial story purporting to link Pakistan’s ISI to the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks since the fake news claims and attendant innuendo being put forth appeal to the preconceived notions of the BJP’s base and will probably succeed in improving voter turnout for this constituency during the next phases of the country’s ongoing month-long electoral process. The introduction of this weaponized narrative into the Internet’s information ecosystem also carries with it the chance that it’ll be picked up by Sri Lankan media and consequently provoke a pro-Indian politician there to publicly praise the piece in order to trigger a crisis in Pakistani-Sri Lankan relations. Moreover, it’s too early to rule out the possibility of other forces republishing it with the intent of intensifying the so-called “Clash of Civilizations”, which might have the horrifying effect of inspiring right-wing “reprisal” attacks against the Western-based Pakistani diaspora in an attempt to trigger more inter-civlizational violence that would superficially advance this false divide-and-rule narrative.

US Exposes Indian Lies Over F-16 “Downing” — Eurasia Future

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