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Whereas India and Pakistan have their own versions on Mumbai attacks, many analysts and investigating journalists have given their assessment, which negates the Indian narrative. They have logical arguments and evidence to prove their point that it was a false flag operation and not the handiwork of religious groups. Even if religious zealots were involved, Israel and RAW had made inroads in their organizations to use them in the false flag operations. According to a report, the gunmen who attacked seven different sites in Mumbai including two hotels, a hospital and a synagogue were clean-shaved and white skin, which meant that they were not all Pakistanis as claimed by India. Marathi daily ‘Maharashtra Times’ quoting an employee of the hospital had stated that the terrorists, who targeted ATS chief Hemant Karkare, police commissioner Ashok Kamte and encounter-specialist Vijay Salaskar, were speaking Marathi fluently.
There were reports suggesting that Ajmal Kassab and his accomplices were the creation of Indian intelligence, as he had no Islamic inclinations or knowledge about jihad; he could not recite the Holy Quran and in a video he begged for mercy in the name of bhagwan. All the characters of the Mumbai attack were stage-managed and so were the court proceedings that went on for years before Kassab’s final execution. Hemant Karkare, the chief of the Mumbai anti-terrorist squad, who was investigating state-sponsored terrorism activities, was also a prime target who was eliminated by the Indian establishment. He was the man who had busted an Indian terrorist network comprising Hindu fanatics and military officers, both serving and retired, which showed presence of extremists in police, army and agencies. There were many holes in the Indians’ version, as they kept mum on the issue of local connection with the external perpetrators of Mumbai mayhem. YouTube had carried conversation between Max Igan and Steve Johnson from South East Asia News Org who had mocked at the Indian version and raised many questions vis-à-vis Indian fisherman seeing a boat with arms and ammunition had informed the police asking them to send security personnel, but no action was taken.
The terrorists then high-jacked a police car killing four personnel, yet the police did not go into action. There is a perception that those involved in Mumbai terror attacks were mercenaries who could have been arranged by the RAW from Afghanistan and elsewhere. In 2013, an undersecretary in India’s Central Bureau of Investigation, Satish Verma, had accused his own government of orchestrating the attack on the Indian parliament as well as the 2008 Mumbai attacks. However, such false flag operations, among other things, were also intended to malign Pakistan.
RVS Mani, who as home ministry under-secretary signed the affidavits submitted in court in the alleged encounter case, had said that “Satish Verma, until recently a part of the CBI-SIT probe team, told him that both the terror attacks were set up with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation”. In fact, because of India’s false flag operations, India and Pakistan were on the verge of a war more than once especially in 2002 and later also, as India had moved its troops to the forward positions on the border. But after India realized that Pakistan cannot be cowed down by such shenanigans and ruses, it withdrew its forces from the frontlines. It is worth mentioning that Ajmal Kassab, said to be the lone survivor of the gunmen involved in Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008 was executed on November 21, 2012.
After rejection of appeal first in the Indian Supreme Court and later rejection of mercy appeal by the President, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be hanged but it never occurred that it would be done so soon. India had expedited the case against Ajmal Kassab, the verdict was given within four years. Yet India continued to use 26/11 as a propaganda tool against Pakistan, and has been asking Pakistan to take action against Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Hafiz Saeed without any concrete evidence against them. On the other hand, in case of Samjhauta Express blast case, Hindu extremists were involved. And one of the accused, Lt. Col. Shrikant Prasad Purohit, an Indian Military Intelligence officer had confessed during investigations of Malegaon mayhem for having supplied explosives for the Samjhauta Express blast also. Despite incontrovertible evidence, the Samjhauta Express mayhem case has not been taken to logical conclusion even after ten years.
Anyhow, David Headley’s involvement in the case lends credence to the perception that Mumbai attack was a false flag operation. David Coleman Headley’s role in the Mumbai attacks is the subject of a Frontline documentary by ProPublica reporter Sebastian Rotella, titled ‘A Perfect Terrorist’, which was aired on PBS on November 22, 2011 chronicling Headley’s journey from the United States to Mumbai. During his deposition before a special court via videoconferencing from the US, David Coleman Headley had named Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed as mastermind of 26/11 attack. Ajmal Kassab, the only survivor of the attackers, was tortured and coerced into naming Hafiz Saeed by the police as mastermind of 26/11 attacks, but he had retracted from his statement in the court. In December 2015, David Coleman Headley was granted pardon by a Mumbai special court and made an approver in the case against plotter Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. Knowing credentials of Headley, one can conclude that it was a false flag operation.
—The writer is a senior journalist based in Lahore.
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