The Hawks of South Asia

The dream of a lasting peace between Pakistan and India can’t happen unless their militaries get out of the way.

BY BASHARAT PEER | MAY 31, 2011

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NEW DELHIOn May 12, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh traveled to Kabul for the first time since 2005, announcing $500 million in Indian aid, raising India’s total contribution to $2 billion for developmental projects for Afghanistan and increasing cooperation on security issues between the two countries’ governments, which share hostile relationships with Pakistan. A large contingent of Indian journalists filled the venue where Singh shared the stage with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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ISI Provided Me Training in Lahore: Headley

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In this courtroom sketch, David Coleman Headley is shown in federal court, in Chicago.

ISI Provided Me Training in Lahore: Headley

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Dissatisfied with the military and espionage training received by Mumbai attacks accused David Headley from the Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan‘s spy agency ISI provided him a special discourse in Lahore for carrying out surveillance ahead of the 26/11 carnage.

“ISI did provide me (espionage) training,” Headley told a Chicago court as he was grilled by the defence attorney Charles D Swift on the third day of the trial today of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana, another co-accused in the 26/11 attacks.

The training by the Pakistan intelligence agency to Headley was provided by Major Iqbal, who was his ISI handler, on the streets and in a two-storey safe house in Lahore near the airport, the 50-year-old Mumbai terror accused told jury during the course of questioning by Swift.

Headley told the court that when he met Major Iqbal in 2006, he expressed dissatisfaction at the military and espionage training that he had received from the LeT earlier.

Major Iqbal, who was identified by Headley as ‘Chaudhery Khan’, told him that the training received from LeT was “not very good” and was “very elementary”, so he decided to give instructions to him.

It was a two-storey house in a residential neighbourhood and there was a small compound outside the house, Headley said when pressed by Swift during the closing hours on the third day of the trial. Continue reading

Defense attorneys set to cross examine governments star witness in 2008 Mumbai terror case

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The testimony from Headley, who was born in the U.S. but spent much of his life in Pakistan, comes at a tense time for U.S.-Pakistan relations, on the heels of the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden outside Islamabad that raised concerns Pakistan may have been hiding the world’s most wanted terrorist. Continue reading

Pakistan’s military implicated by held terrorist

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Captive names high-ranking major as co-conspirator in planned attack on Jyllands-Posten A high-ranking officer in Pakistan‘s intelligence agency, ISI, was involved in the planning of a large-scale terrorist attack on Jyllands-Posten newspaper, according to Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley. Headley has…

A high-ranking officer in Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI, was involved in the planning of a large-scale terrorist attack on Jyllands-Posten newspaper, according to Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley.

Headley has been imprisoned in Chicago after confessing to helping plan the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai and other terror attacks that did not go ahead, including one against Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen as revenge for publishing the Mohammed cartoons in 2005. Continue reading

Does the CIA Need a Country’s Permission to Spy on It?

No, but sometimes it helps.

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Pakistan‘s military is demanding that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) sharply cut back its activities in the country in the wake of undercover agent Raymond Davis’s arrest on murder charges and subsequent release. In addition to scaling back the number of CIA drone strikes on Pakistani targets, Pakistani Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has insisted on the withdrawal of all contractors working for the CIA and all operatives like Davis, who are working in “unilateral” assignments, meaning that only one country (read: not Pakistan) is aware of their presence. But since when does the CIA need a country’s permission to conduct intelligence operations? Isn’t the whole point that the local government isn’t supposed to know they’re there? Continue reading