October 15, 2011



When Abu Zubaidah, who was reportedly No.3 of Al Qaeda at the time of 9/11, was ultimately traced to his rabbit-hole and arrested, it was not in the tribal belt. It was in the house of a local office-bearer of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) in Faislabad, a city of Pakistani Punjab.

2. When RamziBinalshib, another top gun of Al Qaeda, was ultimately traced to his rabbit-hole and arrested, it was found to be in Karachi.

3. When Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who co-ordinated the 9/11 strikes in the US on behalf of Osama bin Laden and who slit the throat of Daniel Pearl, the US journalist, was ultimately traced to his rabbit-hole and arrested, it was found to be in the house of a women’s wing leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI) in Rawalpindi right under the nose of the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army.

4. When Osama bin Laden himself was ultimately traced to his rabbit-hole and killed, it was found to be in Abbottabad near the training academy of the Pakistan Army.

5. The US is now looking for the rabbit-holes of Ayman al-Zawahiri, who has taken over the leadership of Al Qaeda, Jallaludin and SerajuddinHaqqani of the so-called Haqqani network, Mulla Mohammad Omar of the Afghan Taliban, and HakimullahMehsud of the Pakistani Taliban.

6.Their rabbit-holes are likely to be in areas outside the reach of the Drones. While continuing the Drone strikes to keep the jihadi top guns running for cover, the US should also look for other Abbottabads strewn across Pakistan.

7. It was good human intelligence that led the CIA to the rabbit-hole of OBL. The Navy SEALS followed later. It is good human intelligence which will again lead the CIA to the rabbit-holes of others badly wanted.

8. The US should seek allies in this hunt. Those allies could come from the Mohajirs of Karachi, the Balochs of Karachi and Balochistan and the Shias of the Kurram Agency and Gilgit-Baltistan. They are as fed up with the jihadis and their ISI master as the US.

9. The US should constitute them into a Southern Alliance against terrorism and give them the capability and the resources to hunt effectively. They will expect a quid pro quo in the form political support for their grievances. The US should not hesitate to give them the support they want.

10. It is time to think strategically of a future dispensation in Pakistan that would help in achieving final and durable victory against jihadi terrorism with ISI’s characteristics. A Southern Alliance of non-radical elements of the present Pakistan, which are as unhappy about jihadi terrorism and the ISI as the US, has to be the linchpin of such a strategy.

11. Start thinking, start acting. ( 15-10-11 )

( The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai, and Associate of the Chennai Centre for China Studies. E-mail: seventyone2@gmail.com .Twitter: @SORBONNE75 )


www.bharatgaurav.com said...

A very well written article with a lot of information

Anonymous said...

If these Idiots are hiding in your neigbourhood and you (the Indians) have better knowlege of that region why don't you do something instead of waiting for Uncle Sam?

Anonymous said...

Pakistan is not India's neighborhood.....

Anonymous said...

Well...Let the country who supports ur economy screw u!!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Additional Secretary "retd"... like all you babu's... long on talk short on delivery...what were you doing while in office... all this advice for the American's while India still faces bomb blasts planned by the ISI!!

Anonymous said...

may be what pakis are doing with the balochs we should have done the similar thing to the elements caught!!! That way we would have not IM,HuJi,and LeT mocking at us with every blast.Instead of wasting money on Gorshakov, declare prize money of 100 zillion dollars on D-company and his associates heads!!! There will be scramble for money in Karachi and may be with in ISI ranks!!!!

Sani Bhagwan said...

India has taken the best course of action in hostilities with pakistan. Overt and covert actions against pakistan as recommended by "ultra nationalist" would have permanently crippled our budding economy, even a "supa powa" like United States couldn't endure it. A kid-glove approach recommended by "liberals and pacifists" would have made us like Afghanistan or Tibet. A "Strategic depth" for either pakistan or china. So, kudos to you and all the former and current civil servants.