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Terror Threats: Don't jump to hasty conclusions

Monday, September 20, 2010 04:59:00 PM, Aleem Faizee, ummid.com

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First it was the arrests in Pune Blast and now it is the firing incident occurring yesterday near the historic Jama Masjid and an e-mail reportedly sent by 'Indian Mujahideen'. The incidents are again used as tools by a section to paint an image of the Indian Muslims favourable to who everyone knows and to create the hype in the manner infamously and tactfully used for years till the slain ATS Chief, Hemant Karkare unearthed the hidden face of the terrorism that was described recently by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram as 'Saffron Terror'.

 

Incidentally, Delhi police itself is rejecting the terror angle into the incident in question and has raised doubts over the credibility of the e-mail stating, the claim sent to various media outlets is not reliable because of the manner in which the attack is carried out. Yet the forces always out to demonise the Indian Muslims and their sympathizers in the media are not convinced. One big media-house is in such a haste that it came with a headline, "Indian Islamists claim carried out Delhi shooting: Report". And this is on the basis of an e-mail? What credibility does an e-mail has when it is a known fact that an e-mail ID can be created - or for that matter 'faked', by anyone and by using whatever name - Muslim or non-Muslim, one may intend to. Haven't we seen in the past when 'e-mails' were sent by Muslim names but they ultimately proved to be sent by someone else?

 

Then, why hasty speculations?

 

For the sake of speculating, one can also speculate those responsible for Saffron Terror as mentioned by Chidambaram behind the attack. This is because they did it in the past and used Muslim outfits, Muslim caps and Muslim names while carrying out the terror attacks, and succeeded in misleading the investigation. It can be speculated, specially when after Chidambaram's statement and mysterious disappearance of more than hundred trucks loaded with tonnes of explosives, the focus is again on them. Also because, those who were imparted terror trainings by Lt Col Prohit and Co. - the accused in the Malegaon blast and named by Hemant Karkare, are still at large.

 

The speculations in the media about the Batla House encounter and the 'revenge theory' are also difficult to digest. It is so because a vast majority of the civil society is still unsure of the credibility of the Batla House encounter. They are also not ready to buy the claim that those killed in the encounter were indeed 'terrorists' or belonged to 'Indian Mujahideen' or any other terror outfit. When such is the case, where is the question of taking revenge by an outfit - that also many in the country are not sure if it really exists. 

 

There is no end to speculations.

 

We should not forget that the stand we had taken after the Malegaon blast, Hyderabad blast, Ajmer blast and Samjhouta Express blast after the investigations proved mere fabrications. We should now realise that by jumping to such hasty conclusions, we are only making it tough for the investigating agencies and threatening their credibility once again as we did in the past.

 

There is little doubt about the threats by the terror groups like Lashkare-Toiba and other such terror organisations, for which our investigating agencies have enough evidence by now. However, one should not neglect the local threat that the country faces and pointed by none other than the Union Home Minister. These threats no longer remain 'Muslim outcry'. They are now officially confirmed. India has suffered enough by ignoring them. It can't any more.

 

Lastly, P Chidambaram seems to be under tremendous pressure after his 'Saffron Terror' statement though he has been credited for taking some very bold steps to contain the terrorist activities - belonging to 'all colors' and 'of all sorts'. Organising the Commonwealth Games peacefully and successfully has become a challenge for him. It is time for everyone hence to support him. If not, at least should refrain from baseless speculations that could provide the real culprits a chance to escape as they did on many occasions in the past.

 

Footnote: Six Algerian street cleaners arrested for planning to kill Pope Benedict were pronounced innocent and released without any charges. They were arrested in London by British police on the basis of a conversation overhead. Arab News reporter asks, was this an Islamophobic ploy to perpetuate the myth that the Muslims are terrorists ahead of Pope's visit?


  

 


 

 

 

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