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Pakistan arrests Mumbai terror attack mastermind, LeT commander Lakhvi ahead of FATF meet
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Pakistan arrests Mumbai terror attack mastermind, LeT commander Lakhvi ahead of FATF meet

Just before the meetings of the global watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in January and February, Pakistan’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) has arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander and 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi on charges of using terror funds.“[Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi] is accused of running a dispensary using funds collected for terrorism financing. He and others also collected funds from this dispensary and used them for further terrorism financing and for personal expenses,” said the Counter Terrorism Department police spokesperson of the Pakistani province of Punjab.The spokesperson further said that Lakhvi’s offences were compounded by the fact that he is on the United Nation’s Security Council list of banned terrorists (und
Nepal: Thousands protest against Pakistan’s role in 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks
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Nepal: Thousands protest against Pakistan’s role in 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks

On the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, thousands of people in Nepal took to the streets to protest against state-sponsored terrorism by Pakistan.With banners in their hands, people staged demonstrations across the country, and roadblocks were also held in several parts of the country.“I want to pay tribute to those people who lost their lives in the attacks. These kinds of terrorist attacks should not happen anywhere in the world,” said one of the protesters.On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists trained by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) carried out a series of coordinated attacks against multiple targets in Mumbai including the Taj Mahal Hotel, the Oberoi Hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train sta
2008 Mumbai terror attack anniversary: US says standing alongside India in anti-terror fight
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2008 Mumbai terror attack anniversary: US says standing alongside India in anti-terror fight

The United States, on the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, said that it is “standing alongside” India in the fight against terrorism, and affirmed its commitment to holding the perpetrators of the attack accountable.“On the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, the US reaffirms its commitment to holding the perpetrators accountable and ensuring justice for the victims, including six Americans. Standing alongside our Indian partners, we remain resolute in the fight against terrorism,” the US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of state department said in a tweet.On November 26, 2008, ten terrorists trained by the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) terrorist organization carried out a series of coordinated attacks against multiple targets in India’s Mumbai city i
MEPs express support for India’s respect for democratic, constitutional powers
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MEPs express support for India’s respect for democratic, constitutional powers

In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Tuesday expressed their support for India’s respect for democratic constitutional responsibility and to reinforce their backing for a common goal to address extremism and terrorism.“As the Republic of India, the largest democracy in the world, celebrates Samvidhan Divas on the 26 November 2020, we send our congratulations to the country for maintaining peace, democratic values and freedoms and for upholding the Constitution of India established in 1949,” French Member of the European Parliament Thierry Mariani, and Gianna Gancia, Italian Member of the European Parliament wrote in the letter.The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said that despite India’s short term as a Republic, it was
ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa
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ISIS set to become Islamist Frankenstein in Africa

On the run from Europe and Asia since 2014, terror organization ISIS is now desperately trying to establish its turf on the African continent by setting up links with local terror bodies. In the process, its Jihadist ideology has secured a fresh lease of life to expand the influence of the Islamic caliphate.Several countries of Africa where the civil-military differences are weakening the social and economic fabric are now the hunting grounds of ISIS. Even among them, ISIS prefers countries where Islamist politics have reared their head. The world has noticed the silence of orthodox Islamic clergy in face of rogue expansion of the Islamic terror bodies in Africa as they escape the western military forces in west Asia and Europe, specially from Syria and Iraq.It is perhaps as a result of th...
India trashes Pakistan’s claims of Delhi sponsoring terrorism
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India trashes Pakistan’s claims of Delhi sponsoring terrorism

India on Sunday thrashed Pakistan’s accusations saying that India was sponsoring “terrorism" aimed at destabilising it and targeting its economic partnership with China. Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and chief military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar had on Saturday released a dossier along with what they said were intelligence intercepts that purportedly showed the involvement of Indian intelligence operatives in acts of terrorism. India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava responded to the allegations levelled during the “press conference by the Pakistani establishment” by saying: “This is yet another futile anti-India propaganda exercise.” He added, “The so-called claims of ‘proof’ against India enjoy no credibility, are fabricated and represent figmen
Pakistan and Turkey identified by European parliamentarian as serious threat
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Pakistan and Turkey identified by European parliamentarian as serious threat

Amid rising terrorist attacks in Europe, French Member of European Parliament (MEP) Nicolas Bay asked the European Union (EU) to “showering” Pakistan and Turkey with subsidies and customs facilitiesFrench MEP Nicolas Bay’s remarks came during the European Parliamentary plenary of November 11, 2020. “MEP Bay’s comments were made in the context of a debate on the ‘fight against terrorism, freedom of expression and education’”, a press statement read.Speaking to the European Commissioner Ylva Johansson responsible for Home Affairs, Bay was critical of the support being given by the European Commission to the countries of concern. “You are showering countries like Pakistan and Turkey with subsidies and customs facilities. We want to sanction them!”, he said.Linking terrorism threats to migrati
Soldiers without ranks
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Soldiers without ranks

Young Muslims trained in arms and light ammunition are sought after pawns in the markets of conflict and turmoil. Wearing the masks of Islam, they are out to create mayhem and massacre. In most cases, theses forces are out to challenge the State and its well-structured armies and police forces. In old times, such confrontations were a part of the game between rulers and their opponents.However, in modern times, the rules of the game have changed. Generally, the confrontations take place according to rules of war, as well as according to the international law approved by international community. But in this case, the engagement and employment of pawns is either overlooked or ignored. This strategic game was being played in pre-colonial and even colonial era as a state craft.The rulers who u...
Whole world knows about Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism: MEA
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Whole world knows about Pakistan’s role in supporting terrorism: MEA

In a direct attack against Pakistan, India has said that the "whole world knew about "Pakistan's role in supporting terrorism" and that it should not even attempt to play the victim.At a weekly media briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said that Pakistan provides shelter to the maximum number of UN proscribed terrorists."The whole world knows the truth about Pakistan and its role in supporting terrorism. No amount of denial can hide this truth. The country which provides shelter to the maximum number of UN proscribed terrorists should not even attempt to play victim," he said.Srivastava also said that recent decisions concerning land laws in Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter of India and no country has locus standi to comment on them."The gove...
Madrassah education: A wrong reverse gear
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Madrassah education: A wrong reverse gear

The knowledge imparted in Madrassah has been an important constituent of Islamic Education all over the world. This education has equally been a target of censure and critical appraisal from time to time. It has been argued that this type of education is structured to take the young minds back to more than 1500 years. The objective, according to strategic experts, is to land them back psychologically and emotionally in those very social and cultural settings that existed at that time.It is an interesting psychological, emotional and political game. The case studies reveal that terror tactics tethered with this type of education have produced radicalized cadres and their allies to either be engaged directly with the state in the armed conflicts or get involved with low key proxy wars. The e...