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CBI raids ex-RAW officer who wrote book questioning his agency bosses

CBI raids ex-RAW officer who wrote book questioning his agency bosses Teena Thacker Posted online: Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 0000 hrs NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 21: Major General (retired) V K Singh, a former Joint Secretary in the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) — India’s premier external intelligence agency — who published a book earlier this year critical of RAW’s functioning was today raided by the CBI. The agency registered a case against him under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) for alleged “wrong communication of information.” In his book, India’s External Intelligence: Secrets of RAW, Singh wrote about what he called the lack of “leadership and accountability” in RAW and cited examples of this, including the alleged espionage case involving Rabinder Singh, a former official believed to have fled to the United States despite being under watch. On July 15, The Sunday Express had reported that RAW head Ashok Chaturvedi wrote to the Cabinet Secretary to stop publ

Pakistan: Musharraf Prepares the Military for his Civilian Presidency

Source: Stratfor Stratfor's Free Intelligence Reports September 21, 2007 20 23 GMT Summary Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf appointed a new head of Pakistan's top intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), on Sept. 21 and promoted several two-star generals to three-star rank. Though they are part of an ongoing and routine reshuffle, these changes to the army's top brass come as Musharraf prepares to step down as military chief in an attempt to secure his re-election as president. The retirements and appointments of generals are designed to ensure Musharraf's continued control over the military. The new ISI chief, meanwhile, will have his hands full as he tries to deal with a raging jihadist insurgency. Analysis Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has appointed a new chief of the country's premier intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), according to a Sept. 21 press release from the military's media depar

Bin Laden's Fatwa Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army

Bin Laden's Fatwa Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army - International Terrorism Monitor---Paper No. 284 by B. Raman On September 20, 2007, As-Sahab, the propaganda and PSYWAR unit of Al Qaeda, disseminated an audio message of Osama bin Laden accompanied by visuals taken from past messages. This is the third message of bin Laden being disseminated by As-Sahab since September 7, 2007. Of these, the first, a video message probably recorded in the second fortnight of August, 2007, was addressed to the American people on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist strikes in the US. The second, an audio message of recent recording with old visuals, was addressed to the Muslims in general and was meant to glorify the Islamic concept of martyrdom. The third and latest is in the form of a fatwa against Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf and his Army and is addressed to the people of Pakistan. It is titled: "Come to Jihad: A Speech to the People of Paki

Al Qaeda Steps up Psywar Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army

Al Qaeda Steps up Psywar Against Musharraf & Pakistani Army - International Terrorism Monitor--- Paper No. 283 By B. Raman Taking advantage of the current wave of Pashtun anger against Pakistan's President Gen.Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistani Army in the wake of the commando action in the Lal Masjid of Islamabad from July 10 to 13, 2007, and the killing of Abdullah Mehsud, a pro-Taliban tribal leader of South Waziristan and a former detenu at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba, at Zhob in Balochistan on July 23, 2007, Al Qaeda has stepped up its jihadi PSYWAR not only against Musharraf personally, but also against the Pakistani Army as an institution. The stepped-up PSYWAR has also been timed to exploit the current weakening of Musharraf's image and political position in view of his confrontation with the judiciary and his manipulation of the laws relating to elections in order to have himself re-elected as the President for a second term. (Please see earlier

PROFILE : Baloch Leader Ghulam Mohammad Baloch?

Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, is the president of Balochistan National movement (BNM), an organization struggling for the freedom of Balochistan from Pakistani and Iranian illegal occupation. He was born in a small village called Mand (Mekran), in Eastern occupied Balochistan. Politically he grew up as a member of Baloch Student Organization (BSO) and later became the chairman of BSO. In 1999, Pakistani ISI agents infiltrated the BNM and broke the organization into Pakistan National Party (PNP) and BNM. Ghulam Mohammad Baloch took the charge of BNM to carry out the Baloch National struggle to the next level, to meet the Baloch Nation's aspiration of an independent free and united Balochistan. He became very popular in a short span of time. He is respected by all Baloch people both inside Balochistan and worldwide. Ghulam Mohammad Baloch believes in armed struggle against the Pakistani and Iranian occupying forces to liberate Balochistan. Currently he is in the custody

WHY THE OBVIOUS IS SO OBSCURE? MADARIS UNDER FIRE! Introduction 1. The Muslims comprise one fifth of the world population. The Momneen ( as Muslims call themselves) are spread from Spain to Philippines on the Globe. They represent wide diversity of culture, languages, colour, creed, ethnicity, - - - - - -, and variations of human race around the world, yet there is only one Divine Mission Statement giving them the identity as Muslims- The Kalma-e- Toiba (La- Ila -Ill-lil-la , Mohd Rasool Illah). Nothing binds a Muslim more to another faithful than the Kalma-e-Toiba. Otherwise Islamic societies all over the world jell up nicely in the native milieu with other religious, regional or cultural ethnicities- as is generally not perceived. This one binding elements of Islamic identity all over the world Kalma-E-Toiba, is passed on to the generations after generations through an Islamic institutionalized system of schools called Madaris (Plural of Madrassa). For the Muslims the Madrassa is an important in


Reposted from 1. After Pakistanis army’s stand off with the Tulba (students) of the red mosque in Islamabad in the last week of July, the doomsday forecasters had predicted the downfall of the general Pravez Musharraf`s Regime. The Indian Chattereti class, which also includes the drawing room planners of the North block, had been predicting a counter coup by an ambitious military general to overthrow the regime. Fears were also expressed that the right wing Islamic terrorists may assassinate the general. The Indian press also predicted that the general is seriously having a thought to flee to USA to join his son Bilal there to lead his post retirement life in relative easy and safe American security. Nothing of that sort happened and it may not even happen. The general understands the Pakistani Nation (if the one exists!) more than any surviving Pakistani politician in Pakistan. He also has the advantage of understanding the psyche of Pakistani army

Sonia Gandhi's UN Visit : Protest and Hunger Strike by "Forum for Gandhi Heritage"

PRESS RELEASE FORUM FOR GANDHI HERITAGE Subject: PROTEST AND FAST AGAINST SONIA (MAINO) GANDHI Protest Details Where: United Nations, 47th St & 1st Ave, NY When: Oct 2, 2007, 12-2 PM Fast & Prayer Details Where: Union Square (front of Gandhi Statue), 14th St & Union Square East, NY When: Oct 1st and Oct 2nd, 10AM - 6PM Hundreds from across the entire continental US are expected to participate in a peaceful protest, fast and prayers, against Sonia (Antonia Maino) Gandhi, President of Congress Party and UPA Chairman on her representation on Oct 2nd at UN on International Non-Violence day. While we commend the declaration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as International Non-Violence Day by United Nations at India's request, we highly condemn the usurpation of this historic moment by an unqualified politician whose policies, programs and values are antithesis of what Mahatma Gandhi ji stood for. Mahatma Gandhi ji's life represented, truth, tolerance, non-violence, p

India faces eviction from Tajik military base

Thursday, 20 September , 2007, 14:58 New Delhi: India is likely to be evicted from its sole, albeit fledgling, overseas military facility at Ayni air base near Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe under pressure from Russia, which is concerned over New Delhi's burgeoning ties with Washington. Senior military officials said the emerging possibility of India looking to Washington and other Western suppliers for military hardware was responsible for Russia "leveraging" its considerable influence with Tajikistan to try and terminate New Delhi's "loose arrangement" regarding Ayni if it declined to be "co-operative". India's refurbishment of the Ayni military base, 15 km from Dushanbe, for around $1.77 million (about Rs 7 crore) was completed earlier this year nearly 24 months behind schedule by the quasi-military Indian Border Roads Organisation under the 2002 bilateral defence agreement with Tajikistan. Thereafter, the defence ministr

America's Budget Crisis

Sep 14th, 2007 The Commonwealth Club of California - San Francisco, CA America's Budget Crisis with discussants: David M. Walker, Comptroller General of the U.S.; Isabel V. Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution; Alison Acosta Fraser, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation; Robert L. Bixby, Executive Director, the Concord Coalition; Tom Campbell (moderator), Dean, Haas School of Business, U.C. Berkeley. Can the United States still make tradeoffs between spending on entitlements, wars and infrastructure, or is our fiscal house out of control? The Fiscal Wake-Up Tour is a public engagement initiative addressing the problems of the nation's fiscal policy. Panelists with diverse perspectives discuss why our current fiscal policy is unsustainable and what we can do to change it - The Commonwealth Club of California

Pakistan's Human Rights Record under Fire By Simon Marks Lahore, Pakistan 20 September 2007 Watch Human Rights report / Windows Broadband - download Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is under fire over his country's human rights record. Western and Pakistani human rights groups accuse the military ruler of tolerating abuses as Pakistan tries to combat the threat of terrorism. But senior figures within the Pakistani government say the country's intelligence agencies are doing what they need to do to overcome real threats. From Lahore, Simon Marks reports. The dusty legal files are stacked to the ceiling of Asma Jahangir's office in Lahore. And each one tells a story about an ongoing battle to protect the rights of the individual in Pakistan. Jahangir chairs the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. It is an independent, non-governmental organization that seeks to protect women and children who have been raped and abused, families whose assets have been summarily