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RAW : Muslims And Sikhs Need Not Apply

Outlook India: November 6, 2006 You can blame all of India's intelligence fiascos mainly on Hindus, as the agencies don't find Muslims or Sikhs fit to work for them. SAIKAT DATTA Noted educationist and former parliamentarian Humayun Kabir was known, among other things, for being a prominent Bengali politician who did not subscribe to the Muslim League’s vision of Pakistan. Instead, he chose secular India, rose to be the education secretary. Little did Kabir know that nearly fifty years later, one of his grandsons would not be inducted into RAW, India’s external intelligence agency. Reason: he was a Muslim. The year was 2000. The NDA government was restructuring the Indian security apparatus following the Kargil war. Kabir’s grandson had been cleared for induction into the RAW’s air wing, the aviation research centre (ARC). He was found to be competent for the job and met all the required parameters. His interviewers were very impressed with him. They had no doubt that the

Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti was bombed and then later executed -- Indian Intelligence

In Balochistan, Gen Musharraf's record is far more grim. He ordered the killing of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and tried to justify it by saying Bugti posed a serious threat to Pakistan's integrity. Bugti's hide-out was bombed by rockets and mortar shells and he was later executed. For all the bombings, as detailed by the official spokesman, Bugti's spectacles and wrist watch remained unharmed. And, why was Gen Musharraf hell bent on keeping his coffin padlocked and buried without his family being present? Was it to conceal state execution? Bugti's killing is not the only instance of state killing dissenters in Balochistan. During the year-long stand off between the tribals and the military, several young Balochis were picked up from their homes, never to return. These Balochis had the gumption to criticise or protest the state's demonic oppression. The Balochis want a share in the progress which the military regime led by Gen Musharraf is not wil

Afghanistan strikes back at Pakistan

By Syed Saleem Shahzad Source: Asia Times KARACHI - After a number of recent incidents, it is emerging that for the first time since the fall of the communist regime in Afghanistan 13 years ago, Afghan intelligence, likely with foreign assistance, is active in Pakistan. At the same time, several attacks on Pakistani military bases - the most recent a suicide attack on Wednesday morning that killed at least 35 soldiers - add to the overall volatility of the country. And this comes at a time that the top brass are gathering at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to make a vital decision on Pakistan's role in the "war on terror". Last week, a car bomb ripped through the office of the inspector general of police in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Pakistan's Balochistan province. One policeman and two other men were killed. This followed a bomb attack in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), in which nine p