Sections of India’s “paid media” are obfuscating the issue by shooting in the dark about the whereabouts of international terrorist fugitive – Dawood Ibrahim citing dubious sources. This is being touted as investigative journalism.
The truth is bitter.
Dawood’s henchmen in Mumbai are having a gala time in Mumbai – in the full knowledge of Mumbai Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation. Worse, TM Bhasin, the Vigilance Commissioner overseeing banking operations in India is believed to be a flunkey of Dawood’s sidekicks in India!
The Central Vigilance Commission recommended action against current CMD of Indian Bank – TM Bhasin as early as August this year and asked the Union Finance Ministry to comply. The news was out in India’s premier newspaper The Times of India.
Among other things, Bhasin has been suspected of being in cahoots with international terrorist criminal Dawood Ibrahim to destroy India’s finance sector by mounting an attack on India’s international banking showpiece – the Bank of Baroda. Well, Chidambaram is said to be mulling the idea of sending Bhasin to the Reserve Bank of India that regulates the banking industry as a deputy governor!
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Pakistan remains a duplicitous and dangerous partner for the United States and Afghanistan, despite $33 billion in American aid and repeated attempts to reset relations on a more constructive course, the lead editorial in The New York Times said. 
“Pakistan Closes Main Border Crossing With Afghanistan,“ said Ayaz Gul, in his report for the same outlet. 
India faces other grave dangers. These have been enumerated in a piece of fiction – based more on stark realities.
Other crying shames of India – including the continuing mysteries over the foul and cold-blooded murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi have been exposed in another set of short stories – published as a book by this author.
Pakistan’s powerful army and intelligence services have for years given support to the Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network and relied on them to protect Pakistani interests in Afghanistan and prevent India from increasing its influence there. Under American pressure, the Pakistan Army recently waged a military campaign against the Taliban in the ungoverned border region. But the Haqqanis still operate in relative safety in Pakistan. Some experts say the army has helped engineer the integration of the Haqqanis into the Taliban leadership.
Pakistan’s double game has long frustrated American officials, and it has grown worse. There are now efforts in Washington to exert more pressure on the Pakistan Army. Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has wisely barred the use of American aid to underwrite Pakistan’s purchase of eight F-16 jet fighters. Pakistan will still be allowed to purchase the planes, but at a cost of $700 million instead of about $380 million.
Mr Obama, must decide whether to keep the current troop strength and possibly to change the military’s role to fight the Taliban more directly.
President Obama declared, with undue optimism, more than 16 months ago that “the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.” It will be left to his successor to figure out how and whether the Taliban can be lured into political negotiations. That will only happen if the American government finds a way to convince Pakistan to stop fuelling the war.
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Pakistan is hesitant to take action against the Afghan Taliban on its soil because of concerns the group will re-direct its violence against Pakistan and Afghan intelligence will support it, a senior Pakistani official said.
“We have to think twice before taking action. Anybody we take action against is immediately supported from the other side,” the official told VOA on the condition of anonymity.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently demanded that Pakistan either take military action against Taliban commanders on its soil or arrest them and hand them over to Kabul.
Hiding in Afghanistan
Pakistan has often complained that when it launched military operations in Swat and South Waziristan in 2009, militants belonging to Pakistani Taliban took shelter in Afghanistan and started using it as a base, with the help of Afghan intelligence, to carry out operations against Pakistan.
As recently as the start of the current operation in North Waziristan in 2014, the Pakistani official said, the Afghan government issued refugee cards to militants who escaped to the other side.
Senior journalist and regional expert Rahimullah Yousufzai said the leadership of several Pakistani Taliban groups, including Mullah Fazlullah, the head of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, was hiding in Afghanistan.
He added that one of the militant leaders, Omar Khalid Khorasani, whose group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for an Easter bombing in Lahore in March that killed more than 70 people, was supposed to be getting support from the Afghan intelligence agencies.
Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, however, rejected the assessment of the Pakistani official.
“It’s easy to avoid responsibility and blame someone else for it,” he said, adding that militants like Fazlullah and Khorasani were part of the Pakistani Taliban, who were an “outcome of policies that are still the status quo.”
Enabling the Taliban
Pakistan, he said, had created an environment that enabled the presence of both the Afghan Taliban and the Pakistani Taliban.
In addition, he said, Pakistan scuttled opportunities presented by Afghanistan for mutual cooperation in order to change this situation.
“Didn’t the Afghan intelligence help with the capture of the Army Public School in Peshawar attackers?” he asked, mentioning a devastating attack in December of 2014 in which more than 130 school children were killed.
In return, he said, Pakistan did not take any steps against the Haqqani Network, an Afghan Taliban group that officials at NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan have described as one of the “most lethal” groups in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan and the United States allege the network has ties to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies and its leadership operates out of Pakistan.
Afghan officials recently said the group has effectively taken battlefield control of the Afghan Taliban. They also blame the group for a deadly attack in Kabul in April that killed nearly 70 people.
Zakhilwal said the network remains a “core irritant” between the two countries and the lack of action against them contributes to the trust deficit.
Relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have deteriorated over the last year, after a burst of warmth in early 2015. Officials on both sides acknowledge that they do not trust each other.
Zakhilwal said President Ashraf Ghani, after his election, took the first step towards improving relations with Pakistan but did not get anything in return. He expected Pakistan to help bring the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.
The first official contact between the Taliban and the Afghan government occurred in Murree, near Pakistan’s capital Islamabad, in July of 2015. By that time, Zakhilwal said, the trust “had already been broken.”
A second round, scheduled for the end of July, was cancelled when news broke that the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who was supposed to have blessed the talks, had been dead for a few year.
Efforts to rejuvenate the talks resulted in a four nation Quadrilateral Coordination Group, with representatives from the United States and China joining Afghanistan and Pakistan. The group adopted a roadmap with steps leading to a reconciliation process for peace in Afghanistan. That effort, Zakhilwal said, will also fail if Pakistan continues with its inaction.
“The QCG will die down if the road map is not followed,” he said.
The road map, he added, included pressure tactics to be used if Taliban refused to negotiate with the Afghan government–measures like “closing down their facilities, arresting them if they are wandering around freely, disrupting them.”
Pakistan, he indicated, was not doing any of that.
Pakistan’s foreign policy adviser, Sartaj Aziz, on the other hand, has said that according to the road map, if peace talks do not materialize, action against the Taliban would require consensus among all QCG members. He has also said that Kabul is frustrated because of the delay in the start of the process but acknowledges such things take time.
Pakistan insists it is continuing its efforts to facilitate talks. A delegation of the Afghan Taliban visited Islamabad from Qatar late last month as part of those efforts.
That visit seemed to have left the Afghans unhappy. Zakhilwal complained that Afghans found out about the delegation from their own intelligence sources.
“Why weren’t we informed?” he asked, adding that Pakistan has still not told Afghanistan why the delegation was in Islamabad
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Pakistan has temporarily closed one of its two main border crossings with Afghanistan, but said the two sides are in contact with each other to resolve “differences” that prompted the move.
Pakistani authorities began fencing the northwestern Torkhum border crossing on Tuesday to “tighten controls” and deter illegal movement. But the unilateral activity provoked strong resistance from the Afghan side and the tensions forced Pakistan to stop the work and consequently close the border.
Afghan officials say the move has stranded thousands of people on their side, including women and children, mostly intending to travel to Pakistan for medical treatment.
The closure has also halted movement of trucks carrying trading goods, particularly fresh fruits landlocked Afghanistan exports to other countries through Pakistan.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Nafees Zakaria defended the decision, saying the porous border needs to be properly managed to prevent illegal crossings Islamabad believes are posing security challenges for both sides.
“This is in the interest of all concerned to have a well-managed border, a border that has those fences or the check points so that the crossings could be monitored properly,” Zakaria said.
Without elaborating, the Pakistani spokesman said “it so happened that due to some differences over the measures to regulate the movements across the border it has been temporarily closed to avoid any unpleasantness.”
He said Pakistani and Afghan military officials are in contact with each other, hoping to resolve the issue soon.
Pakistan and Afghanistan share a 2,500-kilometer long porous border with the Torkhum and southwestern Chaman crossings being the only points open for movement of people and trade activities.
About 50,000 people, mostly Afghans use the crossings for daily movement.
Pakistani officials insist their attempts to ensure close monitoring of travelers is to prevent militants from entering the country for subversive acts.
They say the strict controls will also address Afghan allegations that militants retreat to Pakistani border areas after conducting terrorist activities in Afghanistan.
But Kabul opposes these measures because it does not recognize the so-called Durand Line as an international border, and Afghan leaders insist such steps deepen problems for divided families on both sides of the border.