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<b>Four terrorists killed in shoot-out; 5 cops hurt in Ahmedabad</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Four terrorists, including two Pakistani nationals</b>, were shot dead in a police encounter in Vatva locality of the city in the wee hours on Friday.

The incident took place when a team of police officials raided a house near Vinzol railway station before the break of dawn.

When asked to open the door of the house, the terrorists opened fire from inside and in the ensuing gun battle the four terrorists were killed, police said.

Five policemen were also injured in the cross firing, they said.

Police recovered four pistols, ammunition, equipment to make detonators and a plastic bag containing explosives, which had the words `Mission Kashmir' written on it.

The bodies of the terrorists were taken to the civil hospital in the city for post-mortem, police said.

Four weapons used by the terrorists and empty cartridges were lying scattered on the floor, they added.
Sunday, March 19, 2006

Composite nationalism gone awry?: Indian Muslims meet to form exclusively Muslim group

* Secular and Hindu parties indifferent to Muslims’ concerns

By Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: Representatives of over 300 Muslim organisations from all over India converged here on Saturday, pledging to forge a united front to seek political empowerment and support for a Muslim agenda from political parties ahead of elections in five states next month.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s historic Jamia Masjid, who had convened the conference called for an alliance of all sections and Muslim organisations to form an exclusively “Muslim political group”. Outlining the contours of new grouping, he said it would be open for Hindus and other communities like Akali Dal, but stressed that the initiative would remain with the Muslims.

Moderate faction of separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader Abdul Gani Bhat, who arrived here on Friday after his two-month stay in Pakistan, also attended the conference. Besides representatives of the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Janata Dal also attended the daylong meeting.

While the Congress representative Mukhul Wasnik was booed by the audience for not promising restoration of minority character to Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a section forced the SP leader Amar Singh to make a hasty retreat when he tried to remind the audience the bounties his party and the Utter Pradesh (UP) government has showered on minorities.

“Actually the community’s rank and file has always been united, but the leaders have not been. Our attempt is to bring them together to put up a united fight for Muslim rights,” Bukhari said in his inaugural address. “Until now we have only begged for what is due to us. We shall not do that any more. We are ready to fight,” he stated. Bukharai later told reporters that Muslims have tested all political parties. He said the Muslim community even voted for the BJP also in 1977 and 1989 but neither the secularists nor others attended to their social, economic and educational needs.

Voicing disillusionment with the present political scenario, Bukhari said political groups have have harmed and dishonoured the millions of Muslims in the country. He urged Muslims not to rely on any of the national groups. “We cannot trust the Congress or any other political group’s claim of being secular. We have to be united and raise our own voice for a better future,” he stated. While reading out the agenda for the meeting, Babri Masjid Action Committee leader Advocate Zafaryab Jilani demanded an end to terrorism committed both by the government and public and called for a solution through dialogue.

Jilani said Indian Muslims needed more job guarantees because of their social and economic backwardness and asked the government to ensure the continuance of the minority status of the Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh. “What is important is that the Muslim community is not adequately represented in the decision-making process in the country despite its large numbers, be it bureaucracy or anything else, there are very few Muslims,” he said.

“The other tragedy is that rightwing groups in this country are always opposing anything good the government tries to do for Muslims. They also pollute the minds of the media and ordinary Hindus in the process. Such forces need to be isolated, and this is the job of the government and secular parties,” he stated.

A nine-point agenda circulated at the meeting demanded that 18 percent budget of the national education policy be specified for eradication of the educational backwardness of the Muslim community.

It also demanded the establishment of a central wakf council with adequate powers and a reserve fund of Rs 10 billion to liberate millions of wakf properties. The agenda also mentioned the establishment of a central madrassa board and new educational and technical institutions in the Muslim majority districts. It demanded that the core fund for Minorities Financial Development Corporation be increased from Rs 3 billion to Rs 10 billion. Jamait Ulemai Hind chief Maulana Arshad Madni, vice-president of Jamaat Islami Hind Mohammad Shafi Munis, general secretary of Majlis Mushwarat Maulana Ameeduzaman Kairinavi, top Islamic scholar Sheikh Abu-Baker Qadri, Bharti Majlis chief Jaweed Habib and Maulana Fazul-Qasmi were some of the prominent Indian Muslim leaders who attended the daylong meeting.
IUML delegation urges Kumaraswamy to implement recommendations of report

Staff Correspondent

Delegation says Karnataka is becoming a hot bed for communal animosity

MANGALORE: The Karnataka State Committee of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has urged Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to take the lead in spreading the message of unity and communal harmony. A delegation from IUML led by C. Ahmad Jamal, secretary, called on Mr. Kumaraswamy during his visit here on Saturday.

Stating that Karnataka is becoming a hot bed of communal hatred, the delegation said Hindus and Muslims clash over trivial reasons, denting the unity and integrity of the State. Stating that members of the Muslim community are socially, educationally and economically backward in Karnataka, IUML said they have not benefited from the reservation policy of the State. The delegation urged Mr. Kumaraswamy to implement the recommendations of the report submitted by the R.H. Godpal Committee on January 7, 1985. Some of the recommendations have major implications for members of minority communities, the delegation said and urged Mr. Kumaraswamy to provide benefits to Muslims.

Stating that uroos is being held regularly at Baba Budangiri in Chikmagalur district for ages, the delegation urged the Chief Minister to uphold the sanctity of the place and provide government support to the uroos.
Advani facing threats, says M.K. Narayanan

New Delhi: The Government has specific intelligence about threats to BJP leader L.K. Advani during his proposed rath yatra in Uttar Pradesh, National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan has said.

While three to four credible threats to strike at religious places had been received, there was ``specific intelligence'' on Mr. Advani, his rath yatra in Uttar Pradesh and the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Mr. Narayanan told CNN-IBN in an interview. Observing a ``Pakistani connection'' in promoting jihadi violence in India, Mr. Narayanan said these elements used Bangkok and the West Asia route to cross over, according to a release by the news channel.

``The emergence of Indian terror modules, the deliberate targeting of religious places ... is worrying ... and these are attempts to create communal violence and divisions between the majority and minority communities,'' he said.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Advani facing threats, says M.K. Narayanan<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
They used same strategy to stop Modi's London visit. Same they are trying to block Advani's Yatra. I can only say "Congress at its best scum game"
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BIG CATCH: Paramjeet Singh Bheora (left), head of operations of Babbar Khalsa International in India, along with his accomplices in police custody on Monday. PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA

NEW DELHI: Paramjeet Singh Bheora, alleged head of operations of Babbar Khalsa International in India, and two of his accomplices who were planning to set up base here in the Capital have been arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police. According to the police, a huge quantity of arms and ammunition has been recovered from them.

Paramjeet was allegedly involved in the assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995. He was in touch with Harjeet Singh Gill, Babbar Khalsa chief in the U.S., who too is wanted in the same case. Paramjeet had taken over control of Babbar Khalsa in India after its previous chief Jagtar Singh Hawara was arrested by the Delhi police last year. At least three Babbar Khala militants, including Hawara, had made a sensational escape from Burail Jail in Chandigarh in 2004. They were arrested last year following twin blasts inside cinema halls in the Capital in May 2005.
<b>Naxal guerrillas train on Indian Army model</b> -NDTV
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tuesday, March 21, 2006 (New Delhi):
Naxals in India now model themselves on the Indian army, from training manuals to undercover training.

<b>The People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) of the CPI (Maoist) is no longer a poorly trained militia but a highly equipped force trained on the lines of a regular army.</b>

NDTV has access to two military manuals of the PLGA seized for the first time. These were seized by security forces from Andhra Pradesh during a recent raid.

<b>Professional army</b>
<b>The manuals translated into Hindi from Telugu by the security forces give a chilling insight into the PLGA's planning, military skills and motives.</b>

Security experts say such detailed military manuals have rarely been found in Kashmir or even in the militant infested North-East.

<b>"This is very similar to the training of either a jawan or even a JCO. This is a kind of syllabus and these are the subjects covered,"</b> said General (retd) VK Sood, former Army chief.

<b>The PLGA's Basic Military Course Manual begins with handling automatic weapons, compass and map reading.</b>

It then moves on to detail defensive and attack formations. The manual analyses Naxal operations since 1997 and suggests means to increase enemy casualty.

It discusses how to collect intelligence, stalk the enemy, lay an ambush and attack. It also instructs how to retreat when attacked, regroup later using coded communication and how to raid protected installations.

Like the special forces, the stress is on the element of surprise and stealth.

"The planning and preparations suggest that they want to engage in a protracted struggle with the state," said AK Doval, former director, Intelligence Bureau.

"They are building up this movement purely on military lines. Training of armed cadres is taking place on the techniques used by the Indian Army," he added.

<b>Command structure</b>
The Naxals follow an elaborate command structure. <b>Right on top is the central military commission followed by five regional bureaus,</b> not unlike the Army's Corps Commands.

Beneath each such bureau is a divisional military commission, which in turn commands the fighting personnel.

<b>Security experts believe that till this point, the Naxal structure involves a little over 9,000 personnel, the crux of the Naxal army.</b>

And at the bottom of this structure is the people's militia.

The fighting forces of the Naxals are divided into three categories – the Primary Force, usually a small group of extremely well-trained personnel who spearhead any attack with superior weapons.

The secondary form the bulk of a large group, but with less sophisticated weapons. And finally, the people's militia comprising farmers, labourers and others.

"Their lethality is increasing, and frequency of attacks is on the rise. Unlike the old days, weapons power has improved, from simple farm weapons they are now using SLRs and even crude rocket launchers," said Dr PV Ramanna, Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation.

Contrary to government claims, the Naxals have a regular paid army.

The PLGA's Platoon-level Handbook, also in possession of NDTV, says one of the key duties of the Platoon Commander is to promote diligent cadres and increase their salary.

<b>"The Platoon Commander also ensures that their kit, uniforms, their weapons, their rations, everything is provided for,"</b> said Doval.

<b>Terror links</b>
The Home Ministry rules out that Naxals have links with other terrorist organisations. This is clearly not true.

<b>Senior intelligence officials have told NDTV that Naxals have over 80 training camps, each training between 200-300 people at any point of time. </b>

And, in all likelihood the training is being provided by the ULFA and retired Indian Army officials. The ULFA is also believed to be the source of their automatic weapons.

"There are 84 training camps which are operating in several states like Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand," said Doval.

"They have linkages with the ULFA and the LTTE as well," said Dr Ramanna.

At least 10 chief ministers of Naxal-affected states will meet in a week's time in the Capital, yet again to chalk out a strategy to deal with Left extremism.

But doubts remain on whether the government can even take the first step - accepting that CPI (Maoists) is not just a bunch of misguided youth and that they pose the biggest threat to India's internal security.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
<!--QuoteBegin-Mudy+Mar 22 2006, 04:21 AM-->QUOTE(Mudy @ Mar 22 2006, 04:21 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Naxal guerrillas train on Indian Army model</b> -NDTV
<!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Tuesday, March 21, 2006 (New Delhi):
Naxals in India now model themselves on the Indian army, from training manuals to undercover training.

Charity AID dollars at work?
<!--QuoteBegin-"Arun_S"+-->QUOTE("Arun_S")<!--QuoteEBegin-->March 23, 2006
Overriding Need To Move Towards National Consensus


It has happened, and it goes on happening, and will happen again. These were opening lines of my book, My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir, published in 1990-91. I had penned them because I had come to the conclusion that India had acquired political and administrative ethos which were terrorism-conducive and not terrorism-repelling. The state had become too soft and its institutions too soulless. Disruption and demagogy had penetrated too deep into the texture of its democracy. And narrow ends of personal and political power had attained total ascendancy.

<b>Spiritual capital</b>
In this environment, I was left with no doubt in my mind that terrorism-related incidents will continue, be they in the form of kidnapping of a Union home minister's daughter, Dr Rubaiya Sayeed, as happened at Srinagar in December 1989, or in the form of bomb blasts that subsequently occurred in the administrative capital of India, Delhi; the financial capital Mumbai; and the technological capital, Bangalore. And if any further confirmation of my proposition was needed, it was provided, on 7 March, by the terrorist attack on Varanasi, the spiritual capital of the country, where the Trinity the Ganges, Siva and Kashi  have ever been watchful.

Having seen the past through the spectacle of history, I knew that no one could escape the tragic consequences of being blind to the negative forces that determined the mind and motivation of those who held the levers of power-structure of the state in their hands.

Contrast the terrorism-related situation in India with that arising from the pro-democracy movement centred around Tiananmen Square, in China. Once the Chinese state came to believe that what was happening would imperil the stability of the country, cause large-scale public disorder and divert the attention and resources of the nation from development to internal conflicts, which could be further fanned by external forces, it moved with great clarity and vision, keeping at bay the cacophony of the human rights bodies and armchair intellectuals and hand wringers. After a few days, China was wholly out of the woods. Today, it is a powerful and peaceful state, attaining unprecedented pace in economic development, earning applause and prestige all around the world.

On the other hand, India remains engulfed not only in bloody terrorism but also in a number of internal and external fallouts. The inherent disinclination of the state and its governing machinery to take the bull by the horns and adopt a strong, sustained and focused approach, has cost the nation dearly.

<b>China's consistency</b>
What I am commending here, I must clarify, is not the Chinese methodology of dealing with the problem but the clarity and consistency of its approach and the overwhelming importance it accords to the need for maintaining national integrity and stability. Incidentally, even if figures of fatal casualties of demonstrators at Tiananmen Square, between 1000 and 5000, as given by Europa World Year Book, are accepted, they look insignificant when compared to about 100,000 killings that have occurred in India in the wake of terrorism that has been menacing the country since the 1980s.

In fact, terrorism has been with us in one form or the other for the last five decades or so. Soon after Independence, Telengana became red hot, and insurgency started showing its bloody fangs in the north-east. The Naxalite's spring thunder over West Bengal and Bihar was not far behind. In the late sixties, the horizon of these two states remained clouded by those who sought power through the barrel of the gun. Assam, Punjab and Kashmir had also their long dates with one of the most savage and ruthless forms of terrorism. Its bullets and bombs consumed two of our Prime Ministers, a chief minister and a retired Chief of Army Staff. Even those leaders who were not occupying any position in the government, like Sant Harchand Singh Longowal were not spared.

In Kashmir, about 44,000 persons fell victims to terrorism. A number of eminent leaders of the Pandit community were gunned down in broad daylight. A dreadful atmosphere was created, forcing virtually the entire community to flee the valley. Even Charar-e-Sharief, the famous 550-year old Dargah of Kashmir's patron-saint, Sheikh Nuruddin Noorani, was burnt down. The Kashmir Legislative Assembly and the Indian Parliament, too, were attacked. In the meanwhile, about 40 per cent of the geographical area, involving about 200 districts in 13 states, came to be menaced by Naxal terrorism. On account of this brand of terrorism, 892 persons lost their lives in 2005.

Despite the spread of terrorism, in different hues and colours, over a large part of the country and also over a long span of time, the Bourbons of the political establishment are refusing to rise above petty considerations of politics and power. On the other hand, negative and nihilist forces are getting stronger. The recent happenings in connection with the Danish cartoons issue provide a striking example of the extent to which exploitative attitudes could be adopted to secure petty political gains. The adverse effect of fanning the forces of fanaticism and fundamentalism were totally ignored. Similarly, those political elements who resorted to bellicosity in the wake of the Varanasi bomb blasts showed little understanding of the overriding need to move towards a national consensus and put up a united front against the forces of disruption.

<b>Gradual drift</b>
It should be clear to all of us that for too long the nation has been bled by terrorists; for too long the Indian state has exposed its soft under-belly to saboteurs; for too long political parties have resorted to petty manipulation; and for too long the overall ethos of governance has been allowed to deteriorate.

It is time that the leadership of the political parties scans the past with the seriousness and sensitivity that is required, draws the right kind of lessons from it and works out a unified strategy to reorient the country's polity to revitalise its institutions, to invest its democracy with a new meaning and purpose and to combat subversion and terrorism with unwavering determination. A foreign hand is undoubtedly there; but it is our disjointed approach that helps it to extend its reach far and wide.

If correctives are not applied immediately, terrorism will continue to bedevil us, and the country will soon be sucked into the cockpit of democratic anarchy, notwithstanding its current encouraging rate of economic growth , its strides in science and technology, its high status as a knowledge power and its recent nuclear deal with the United States.
The writer is a former Governor of the State of Jammu & Kashmir in India.

Courtesy : The Statesman</i><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
Saturday, March 25, 2006

Hindu nationalists advised to use armoured vehicles

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has advised Hindu nationalist leaders to use armoured vehicles during their electoral rallies next month as a precaution against terror attacks, officials said Friday.

The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) dresses up vehicles as chariots resembling battle carriages of Hindu gods as part of its revivalist campaign to garner Hindu votes ahead of elections.

The home ministry said the BJP must take precautions before leaving on their inter-city electoral drives on April 6, the Press Trust of India said.

“Both rallies would be attractive targets for militant and terrorist groups,” it quoted a classified advisory to the BJP as saying. “They would be also passing through areas affected by Maoist insurgencies,” it said, adding the BJP has been asked to bullet-proof the “chariots” which will be used by party leaders.

India’s National Security Advisor MK Narayanan has warned that New Delhi had “specific intelligence about threats” to BJP supremo LK Advani during his pre-poll rally in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP and the ruling Congress party are bracing for elections next month in five states including Marxist-ruled West Bengal and insurgency-torn Assam. AFP
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->India’s National Security Advisor MK Narayanan has warned that New Delhi had “specific intelligence about threats” to BJP supremo LK Advani during his pre-poll rally in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Provide security that is their job. Congress uses every toll to suppress any democratically process of opposition. Scare tactics, extra is a good toll, and I think they have already exhausted. Do they use same scare tactics against Sonia?

In place of supporting terrorist in India, they should work towards eliminating them not democratic process.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>13 killed, four injured in blast in Chhattisgarh </b>
Agencies/ Raipur \
Thirteen people were killed and four others injured, three of them seriously, when Maoists exploded a land mine at a private passenger vehicle in Kanker district on Saturday, police said.

The Maoists triggered the landmine blast under Pakhanjur police station area, about 250 km from here killing 13 people on the spot and injuring four, Pakhanjur police sources said over phone.

The incident took place when some traders were returning from Sangham village and the naxalites triggered the land mine blast, "mistaking the jeep to be a police vehicle", the sources said.

A police party has rushed to the spot, they said.
The sources said all the killed and injured were families of Bangladeshi refugees, who were settled in and around Pakhanjur.
[it should be Illegal Bangladeshi]

The incident comes a day after Bastar police killed five naxalites, including a "deputy commander", close to Kanker border, in an encounter, Bastar SP Gurjinder Pal Singh said.
<b>UPA fumbles on policy as Maoists run amok</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The upswing in Maoist activity is reflected in last year's statistics that show a remarkable increase in the number of attacks by Left extremists as well as in casualties. The casualty of policemen alone has gone up by 53 per cent, while civilian casualty has increased by 11 per cent.

<b>In 2005, there were 1,594 Maoist attacks, in which 516 civilians and 153 policemen were killed. Security forces were able to down 223 Maoists.

The previous year, there were 1,533 Maoist attacks; 466 civilians and 100 policemen were killed. The Maoists suffered a loss of 87 cadre who were killed.</b>

During 2002 and 2003, when the NDA was in power and had adopted a tough line against Maoists, the figures were lower. For instance, in 2002, there were 1,465 Maoist attacks resulting in the deaths of 382 civilians and 100 policemen. The Maoists suffered a high casualty with 141 cadre being killed in these attacks or encounters.

<b>In 2003, civilian casualty increased to 410 and security forces lost 105 personnel in 1,597 attacks and encounters. But, by then the NDA's no-nonsense approach towards fighting the Maoists had begun to pay dividends: As many as 216 Maoists were killed in 2003.</b>

That figure was to drop to a mere 87 in 2004, the year when the Congress Government in Andhra Pradesh declared a truce and provided an opportunity to Left extremists to regroup and emerge as a united Maoist force.

The Union Government now concedes that 76 districts across Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are "badly affected by Maoist violence". That's euphemism for what's common knowledge: The writ of the Maoists, and not the civil administration, runs in these districts.

"What has made the problem worse is the confused political response of the UPA regime. While the Ministry of Home Affairs is charged with combating the murderous cadre of Communist Party of India (Maoist), certain other Ministries and key officials of the UPA Government are engaged in dialogue with the top leadership of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)," the official points out
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Dangerous offer </b>
The Pioneer Edit Desk
It has become as customary for India's political leaders to make grand gestures of goodwill towards Pakistan as it has for 'secular', English-speaking society in Delhi to patronise Sufi singers and musicians. Neither the political class given to 'bold initiatives' nor the neo-patrons of Sufiana kalam truly understand the true import of either. Hence, it is doubtful whether policy-makers in South Block, if at all they have a say in the UPA regime's official pronouncements, are greatly excited by <b>the prospect of working on a draft 'Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship' between India and Pakistan</b>.

There was no reason for the Prime Minister to offer such a treaty to Pakistan while flagging off a new bus service between Amritsar and Nankana Sahib. He could have taken recourse to the usual homilies about the need for sustaining the ongoing composite dialogue, announced some more confidence building measures, and reminded Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf that he is yet to keep his 2004 promise of putting an end to cross-border terrorism. Instead, Mr Manmohan Singh chose to elaborate on a grand strategy that rests on good governance in Jammu & Kashmir, open borders and co-operative mechanisms on both sides of the Line of Control, and, of course, a 'Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship'.

<b>In keeping with the UPA regime's style of functioning, all this was offered to Pakistan without taking the people of India into confidence</b>. Parliament may have been adjourned last week, but<b> Mr Singh had ample time and opportunity during the Budget Session to sound out MPs on his sweeping proposals whose consequences the country will have to bear after he has relinquished office. He forgets the Congress does not have the mandate to so radically alter India's Pakistan policy, nor does the UPA Government have the authority to bulldoze the country into accepting "out-of-the-box" solutions to a problem whose true contours it does not seem to have the capacity to comprehend</b>.

Seen against the backdrop of Gen Musharraf's demand that India must "demilitarise" Jammu & Kashmir (which means all security forces should be withdrawn from the State), introduce "self-governance" (that is, end all linkages between the State and the Centre) and accept "joint management" (Pakistan will have a say in the administration of the State without reciprocal rights for India to meddle in occupied Kashmir affairs), Mr Singh's offer can only be termed as outrageous.

Are we then to assume that the UPA Government has quietly buried our position on Jammu & Kashmir and prepared the blueprint of a 'solution' that can only warm the cockles of the hearts that beat for Pakistan? The people of India have the right to know what is the nature of the cooperative mechanisms that the Prime Minister has suggested should be set up.

Will bodies set up by Islamabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir influence policy in Jammu & Kashmir? By unilaterally offering a 'Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship', Mr Singh has placed the entire onus on India. It would seem that India, and not Pakistan, is the recalcitrant and aggressor state, that peace, security and friendship between the two countries is dependent on whether we desire so.

The fallacy of such warped thinking is too obvious to merit elaboration. In any event, in this day and age such treaties mean little, not least because they became irrelevant with the passing of the Soviet era. National security strategy across the world is no longer made hostage to what Mr Singh thinks is a novel initiative.
Muslim leaders unhappy with Government's proposal

Staff Correspondent

Oppose move to raise garden at Idgah Maidan in Hubli

# The land was given to Anjuman-e-Islam on lease for 999 years
# The previous government had favoured retaining the constructed buildings on the maidan
# Government urged to settle issue amicably

HUBLI: Some Muslim leaders of Hubli are unhappy with the proposal submitted by the State Government to the Supreme Court regarding settling the Hubli Idgah Maidan issue.

In a statement here, Corporation council members Rafiq Nawaz Kittur and Kashimsab Shiraguppi, Shiraz Ahmed Kudchiwale, Secretary, District Congress Committee, Nasir Asundi, Shaukat Mulla, M.H. Hallur and others have objected to the Janata Dal (Secular)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition Government's proposal.

They said the Muslim community has a great religious attachment with the Idgah Maidan. According to them, the land of the maidan was given to Anjuman-e-Islam on lease for a period of 999 years. In 1962, the organisation got permission from the State Government for construction at the site and the building plan was approved by the municipal corporation in 1971.

But the construction work had to be stopped as some citizens approached the court.

In the statement they mentioned about the recommendations of the previous government which had opined that the lease agreement of Anjuman-e-Islam should be continued. The previous government had also favoured retaining the constructed buildings on the maidan and sharing of the earnings from the building between the Anjuman and the municipal corporation at a ratio of 70:30, they said.

Although the present Government has proposed to allow Muslims to pray twice in a year at the maidan, their plan to raise a garden at the venue is aimed at depriving the Muslim community of conducting mass prayers, it said.

By proposing to raise a garden and deciding against extending the lease, the BJP-JD(S) combine has proved that it is anti-Muslim, they alleged. They urged the State Government take steps to settle the issue amicably so that communal harmony in Hubli is not affected.
Jamaat-e-Islami's dist. conference held at Murdeshwar

Murdeshwar, March 14: Maulana Sirajul Hasan, former president, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), and one of the vice-presidents of All India Muslim Personal Law Board,

called upon the youth to work with a new vision to strengthen unity among various sections of society and help maintain peace and communal harmony.

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><!--QuoteBegin--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->1. Enclosing below a 'disturbing' Editorial that appeared in the columns of THE PIONEER of 27 MAR '06.

2. Shri Arun Shourie, in his 'excellent' - WILL THE IRON FENCE SAVE THE TREE HOLLOWED BY TERMITES- analyses our SECURITY ENVIRONMENT- with particular emphasis on China, Pakistan and Bangladesh. His analysis includes extensive references to the report of the TASK FORCES set up in the immediate aftermath of Kargil.

3. Two of the TASK FORCES, were the 'TASK FORCE ON INTERNAL SECURITY' headed by the former Defence Secretary,Shri N.N. Vohra. The other was the 'TASK FORCE ON BORDER MANAGEMENT' headed by Shri Madhav Godbole, former Union Home Secretary. The other members of these Task Forces had extensive experience in the various facets of National Security. THE TASK FORCES SUBMITTED THEIR REPORTS TO THE GOVERNMENT IN AUGUST/OCTOBER 2000.

4. The TASK FORCES had urged the Government to make their findings PUBLIC and had stated : "---It has to be accepted that it is only through well-informed,alert and vigilant public opinion that National Security can be strengthed.EXCESSIVE AND UNDUE SECRECY IN SUCH MATTERS CAN BE COUNTER PRODUCTIVE." Yet our Government goes and stamps the reports 'SECRET'!!Here are some excerpts from the report of the TASK FORCE ON BORDER MANAGEMENT:

(A)  "The Task Force has noted with concern the rapid rise of MADRASSAS and mosques in the border areas ON ALMOST ALL BORDERS.Most of these constructions have come up without any formal approval of the competent local authorities---".

(B) "In several cases, CONSIDERABLE FOREIGN FUNDS have become available to these institutions through non-banking institutions. Efforts at Arabization of Muslims and their education are a matter of concern which should not be dismissed light-heartedly.----."


(D) "On the Indo-Nepal border, MADRASSAS and Mosques have sprung ip on both sides of the TERAI region, ACCOMPANIED BY A FOUR FOLD INCREASE IN THE POPULATION OF THE MINORITY COMMUNITY IN THE REGION.There are 343 Mosques, 300 MADRASSAS and 17 MOSQUES-CUM-MADRASSAS within 10 KMS of the border on the Indian side. On the Nepal side, there are 282 Mosques, 181 MADRASSAS and 8 MOSQUES-CUM-MADRASSAS.These Mosques and MADRASSAS receive HUGE FUNDS from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia,Iran,Kuwait,Pakistan and Bangladesh.-----"

(E) "In the Rajasthan sector of the Indo-Pakistan border, there are 129 MADRASSAS----- registered with the WAKF BOARD. There are a LARGE NUMBER OF UNREGISTERED MADRASSAS in the border belt.The growth of MADRASSAS in this belt has been higher than in other places in the State. MADRASSA ISLAMIA (POKHRAN), MADRASSA ANWARUL ULOOM (JAISALMER) and MADRASSA AHLE SUNNAT RIZVIA (JAISALMER) have become centres of FUNDAMENTALIST ACTIVITIES IN THIS AREA. TABLEEGH JAMAATS from Maharashtra and Gujarat have been creating pockets of influence in Barmer District where 14 DEEN-E-TALIM MADRASSAS have recently come up."

(F)  "In the Gujarat Sector of the border, there are 34 MADRASSAS in Kachchccha District (1995) and 28 in Banakantha District where their number increase by 55% during 1991-1995. THEY RECEIVE LARGE SUMS OF MONEY FROM LOCALS AS WELL AS FROM OUTSIDE."


(H) "The INDO-BANGLADESH border has seen the the MOST RAPID GROWTH OF MADRASSAS and Mosques. On the Indian side,close to the border,there are 905 Mosques and 439 MADRASSAS. And on the Bangladesh side there are 960 Mosques and 469 MADRASSAS."

5. The TASK FORCE ON BORDER MANAGEMENT then recorded some 'worrisome developments' with respect to these MADRASSAS. These are:

(A) "Talibanisation of MADRASSAS is taking place due to spread of FUNDAMENTALIST IDEOLOGIES in these institutions.In J&K, growth of MADRASSAS, fundamentalist teaching and consequent Talibanisation preceded growth of insurgency."

(B)"Imparting of religious instructions in Arabic in place of Urdu is alienating Muslim children from their Indian Muslim moorings and pushing them towards Arabisation.THIS IS HAPPENING EVEN IN MORE LIBERAL MUSLIM SOCIETY SUCH AS KERALA."

©. "MADRASSAS in some places are reported to be sheltering ISI agents and subversive elements."

(D) "With the increasing enrolment of children in MADRASSAS, MAULVIS are acquiring greater centrality in community life, INCREASING THEIR VOTE DELIVERING CAPACITY AND POLITICAL CLOUT."

(E)  "Indoctrination of young children and planting of FUNDAMENTALIST STRAINS in their minds would pose SERIOUS PROBLEMS TO OUR POLITY IN FUTURE."

(F)  "Presence of MADRASSAS and Mosques along the borders on both sides could facilitate trans-border movement of arms and agent provocateurs aided and abetted by the ISI."


6.   The Editorial makes greater sense in the light of ther foregoing. Also please note that between the submission of the TASK FORCE REPORTS and the present, the number of MADRASSAS has seen an exponential growth along the INDO-NEPAL BORDER!! In a matter of JUST 6 YEARS!! And yet, we have a Government at the Centre that brings in the quashed IMDT ACT through the backdoor. Talk of 'FIFTH-COLUMNISTS'!!!


<b>Madarsa too many </b>

The Pioneer Edit Desk
The Seema Suraksha Bal (SSB) is understandably concerned over the mushrooming of 1,900 madarsas on both sides of the India-Nepal border in the recent past. Particularly significant is their proliferation - 800 in number - on Nepal's side of the border. Muslims constitute a minuscule part of that country's population and though they are concentrated along the India-Nepal border, the size of their population hardly warrants such a massive sprouting of these seminaries.

Clearly, there is more here than meets the eye given the seriousness of the problem of cross-border terrorism that India faces and the ISI's role in using Nepal as a base for promoting it. The organisation's imprimatur was starkly visible in the hijacking of Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kathmandu to Delhi, to Kandahar in Afghanistan on December 14, 1999.

Besides, it has been closely involved in attempts to despatch into India fake Rs 500 denomination currency notes with a view to damaging this country's economy. The porous nature of the 1,868 km long India-Nepal border has helped it in not only this but also the infiltration of terrorists, arms and ammunition, and explosives.

<b>The intelligence agencies are doubtless keeping an eye on the 50 or 60 of madarsas considered sensitive among the 1,100 on the Indian side of the border. </b>This is hardly enough given the length and the porousness of the border which as many as five Indian States - Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim - have with Nepal and the serious situation created by growing links between Maoists, who now control 87 per cent of the mountain kingdom's territory, and the ISI which is eager to use any situation or group to hit at India.

While the plan to increase the SSB's strength by 20 battalions, modernising it, and creating two more sectors for its activities, will help when it is implemented - which is expected to be done by 2008 - the question remains as to what happens in the interim, particularly since madarsas have been used for mass producing fundamentalist Islamist terrorists in both Pakistan and Bangladesh, and are known to have harboured terrorists in India.

<b>The problem has a pan-Indian dimension. Madarsas have proliferated along India's borders with Bangladesh along West Bengal and Assam, and Pakistan along the Rajasthan border, as well. In fact they have sprouted all over the country</b>. According to an Intelligence Bureau report in April 2002, there were as many as 23,098 madarsas in 12 Indian States with the largest number being in Kerala with 9,975 of them. Madhya Pradesh followed with 6,000 and Maharashtra 2,435. The border States of West Bengal, Assam, Gujarat and Rajasthan had 2,116, 2,002, 1,825 and 1,780 of them respectively.

The first requisite is to control their growth through compulsory registration and regulate their functioning and curricula to ensure that they do not breed Islamist terrorism. The States that have laws to this end should enforce them effectively; those that do not, should enact them. And for both to happen, there has to be a strong mass movement against the politics of minority appeasement that is severely threatening the country's security.

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