Will Fugitive Scofflaw Zakir Naik Be Caught At All?

Could India’s officialdom be spreading glib lies about attempting to apprehend scofflaw hate-mongering Islamic preacher Zakir Naik?

He has reportedly applied for a Malaysian citizenship in the mainstream media.

Congress apologists and leading lights of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are trading charges in the matter after Amir Gazdar one of his aides confessed serious wrongdoing on the part of Naik to Mumbai cops.

The real picture can be deduced from the following pointers reproduced from a blog in these columns published a year ago:

Naik’s bigger backers are located beyond the borders of India – many of them in the Middle-East. The current central government has extended olive branches to all of them to “contain terrorism” and expand trade.

Between 2013 and 2015, Naik was conferred several awards in the Middle East.

2013

Dubai International Holy Quran Award  

Islamic Personality of 2013 conferred on Naik by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Parenthesis

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015 August.

Modi had undertaken a two-day visit to UAE in August, a first by an Indian prime minister in 34 years.

UAE is home to 2.6 million Indians.

During the visit, the two leaders pledged to end terrorism.

On September 19 2015, Rashid Al Maktoum succumbed to a massive heart attack at the age of 33.

Parenthesis ends

Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work  

Conferred by Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah

Parenthesis:

Born in 1939, Sheikh Sultan III bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of the Sharjah emirate. He has ruled Sharjah since 1972. The rule was briefly interrupted during a six-day period between 17 and 23 June 1987. It was an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh Abd al-Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi.

Parenthesis ends

2015

King Faisal International Prize

Conferred upon Naik by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Parenthesis

Some of the others who won this award include King Abdullah Ibn Abd AI-Aziz of Saudi Arabia himself, Al Qasimi of UAE, Presidents Dr Hamed AI-Ghabid [Niger] and [Alija Izetbegovig] Bosnia-Herzegovina and Abdou Diouf [Senegal]; Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohammad [Malaysia] and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [Turkey]  

On April 3 2016, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud [who had won the above award himself] presented India’s PM Narendra Modi with the Arab nation’s highest civilian award.

Zakir Naik’s perfidy was publicly known a decade ago.

Naik was banned from entering the UK by the then Home Secretary Theresa May [currently British PM] in 2010.

“Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour,” May was quoted as saying.

The admirers of 1965-born qualified medical doctor Zakir Abdul Karim Naik have spread mayhem on a global scale since 2006.

They include Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American arrested for planning suicide attacks on the New York subway, Rahil Sheikh [1], accused of involvement in a series of train bombings in Mumbai in 2006 and Kafeel Ahmed, the Bangalore born man killed during a failed suicide attack on Glasgow airport in 2007.

Indian Journalist Shoaib Daniyal disagreed with Naik’s belief that “Americans swap wives at will because they eat pigs which also swap their wives”. He also pointed out that Naik’s statement that Islam allows a man to marry multiple women because “in the USA, there are more women than men”, was inconsistent with US demographic statistics.

Torkel Brekke, a professor of religious history in Norway, calls Naik a very controversial figure.

Naik’s rhetorical attack on other religions and other varieties of Islam are strongly disliked by many members of the Indian Ulema for ignoring their authority.

Indian journalists had issued warnings about Naik.

“It would be useful to consider the case of Zakir Naik, perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India,” observed Praveen Swami, a senior Indian journalist in his seminal work part of a book published in 2011.Operative excerpts from its blurb:

Sections of Bollywood backed Naik.

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt supported Naik in 2010 saying the ban constituted an attack on freedom of speech.

Naik’s application for judicial review of the ban was dismissed on 5 November 2010.

The same year, Naik was forbidden to enter Canada after Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, warned MPs of Naik’s views.

The bans on the entry have not been lifted.

India’s mainstream media had begun their harangue in 2016.

Operative excerpts from a report in The Times of India dated July 9 2016:

Mumbai-based preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is under the scanner after two of the Dhaka terrorists claimed he was an inspiration, seemed to have been followed by four youths from Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb. They had run away and joined the Islamic State.

Areeb Majeed, arrested for IS activities in Kashmir, is believed to have told interrogators of the National Investigation Agency that he was ‘inspired’ after hearing the lectures of Naik.

Copies of Naik’s lectures were also found in a library located in Bihar, a north Indian cow-belt state. Enquiries had revealed the facility was frequented by Indian Mujahedeen members.

One of those who regularly accessed Naik’s works is Yasin Bhatkal – now in custody in India.

Like the Dhaka terrorists, Mumbai youths hailing from well-to-do respected families are drawn towards fundamentalism-fuelled-violence caused by the speeches of Naik. Besides Areeb, the other Islamic State joiners in the knowledge of police are engineering students Fahad Shaikh and Amaan Tandel.

According to police sources, suitably brain-washed initially by Naik’s hate-speeches, Areeb Majeed’s hatred was honed by a woman, Tahirah Bhatt, who also helped him join the banned group. In turn, Majeed recruited Shaikh, Tandel and others. They fought in Iraq. Currently, Majeed is in jail. Shaikh had contacted his family a few months ago. The whereabouts of Tandel aren’t known.

“The named youths were provoked to commit anti-national activities citing the destruction of Babri Mosque and Gujarat riots. Primary sources of ‘inspiration’ were hard-copies of Naik’s works. Naik’s rallies used to witness huge footfall in Bihar,” the official added.

Families of 15 young men and women from Kerala state’s northern districts suspect their offspring may have joined the Islamic State, according to top sources in India’s southern-most state.

It is not exactly known whether Zakir Naik’s speeches had impelled the youths to take such a step. However, a Press Trust of India report published by the website catchnews.com revealed alarming aspects of this unlikely tale. Operative excerpts:

State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to launch a probe into the matter urgently, said Member of Parliament P Karunakaran. He represents the north Kerala constituency of Kasargod – located on the state’s borders that touch Karnataka.

“Family members of these youths were aghast reading Whatsapp messages. ‘We are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us,’ one message said. ‘We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims,’ said another. These youths were visiting the Middle-East for religious studies. We brought it to the notice of CM P Vijayan,” said Karunakaran. He had been apprised of the issue by a local body leader VPP Mustafa and a legislator M Rajagopalan.

This group comprises men, women, couple and even a child travelling along with parents.

The abhorrence of family members back home is apparent from the statement issued by Hakim, a male parent of one of the ‘missing’ youths.

“If my son returns as a good man, I will welcome him. If not, I do not want to see even his dead body,” Hakim was quoted as saying.

According to Rajagopalan, all those missing were below the age of 30 and highly qualified. This motley ‘missing’ crowd includes a medical doctor couple and an engineering graduate, his wife and a 2-year-old child. Before dropping out of sight, different persons in this group had presented varying tales for leaving Kerala. The reasons included visiting families far away job search.

The youths’ approach to life had undergone a sudden change during the last 2 years after accessing inflammatory Islamic literature, Rajagopalan added.

Surely Zakir Naik is an influential man.

Naik was ranked 89 on The Indian Express’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Indians in 2010”.

Naik was ranked 82 in the 2009 edition.

BBC’s Sanjiv Buttoo says he is acknowledged as an authority on Islam. However, he warns that Naik is known for making negative remarks about other religions.

US based senior journalist Sadanand Dhume observes that Naik has a ‘carefully crafted image of moderation’. This has been achieved through a gentle demeanour, dress sense of wearing of a suit and tie and his quoting of scriptures of other religions.

Naik was also listed in the book The 500 Most Influential Muslims under honourable mention from 2009 through 2014.

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Seven serial blasts had ripped through Mumbai’s suburban railway network at peak hour on July 11, 2006, leaving at least 147 dead. The death toll had risen to 189 later. The incidents’ mastermind was Rahil Sheikh, currently in prison.

Sheikh is a trained as a computer engineer.

Sheikh’s brothers – Faisal and Muzammil were charged in the 2006 bombings.

Sheikh’s telephone records had indicated that he had been receiving calls from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Also, it has been suggested that he was acting as the point man to collect funds and pass it on to the LeT which is said to have carried out the attacks.

Sheikh is said to have travelled to Pakistan.

The real reasons for Modi’s absence from Parliament

Will the Government of India admit the real reasons which forced Modi’s hand to demonetise high value currency notes on November 8 2016?

Answer: Perhaps not.

Why?

Answer: Because the involvement of top officials of the Reserve Bank of India would expose India’s smelly financial underbelly.

Was the sinister connection between Pakistan’s inductions of counterfeit notes into India capable of destroying India?

Answer: Yes.

Did Islamabad and its shady links with criminal firms have a bearing on Modi’s November 8 2016 sudden demonetisation announcement?

Answer: YES!

Why is the opposition forcing Modi to reveal the truth?

Answer: The real answers could destroy the financial fabric of the nation – which is what Pakistan and other enemies of India want. The opposition seems to be acting at their behest by going hammer and tongs at the short-comings of the demonetisation move that flushed out the fake currency in one swift move!

India’s National Security Advisor [NSA] – Ajit Doval is said to be in possession of details of perfidious activities within India that could have [notice the past perfect tense] ruined Bharat’s economy.

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/are-indian-oppositions-honourable-men-and-women-out-to-kill-bharats-neo-caesar-modi/ 

Due to the sudden demonetisation, presses run and maintained by the Karnataka based Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, are working overtime to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

According to the company’s own website, the presses are the latest in ‘state of the art’ technology in bank note printing. One of the companies that supplied machinery at its Mysore site is De La Rue Giori, now renamed KBA Giori, Switzerland.

That is where the sinister portion begins.And that is also why Modi cannot expose his own central bank’s smelly crannies.

In January 2016, the Indian Express reported that the Indian Home Ministry had barred a German company, Louisenthal, from selling bank note paper to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after it discovered that the firm was also selling raw notes to Pakistan, according to a senior official. Operative excerpts:

“We have proof that high-quality fake Indian currency notes are being produced in Pakistan and pushed into India through Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The availability of a common supplier could be one of the reasons behind such high-quality fake notes,” the official said.

Representatives of Louisenthal refused to comment when asked about its links with the UK-based De La Rue, which had been banned by the RBI after having come under the scanner following admissions of supplying paper that had “failed to meet certain quality specifications”.

India had sought help from the US, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last September, in tracking countries where bank note paper used to print fake Indian currency is manufactured.

Also read: http://wp.me/p7bYkZ-Lk

At least five cases were reported last year of Pakistani nationals being arrested in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and UAE with consignments of fake Indian currency notes.

The unholy links of these firms was known all along to the Government of India, says another website. Operative excerpts:

In 2009-10, the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] raided some 70-odd branches of various banks on the India-Nepal border and unearthed a counterfeit currency racket. Bank officials blurted to CBI sleuths that the notes had come from RBI. As a result, CBI raided RBI vaults and found a massive cache of Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination notes that had been smuggled by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI into India.

In 2010 the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), was shocked to find out that the Government had outsourced the printing of Rs 1 lakh crore of currency notes to US, UK and Germany putting the “entire economic sovereignty (of the country) at stake”.

The 3 companies to whom the Indian currency printing was outsourced are American Banknote Company (USA), Thomas De La Rue (UK) and Giesecke and Devrient Consortium (Germany).

Following the scandal, Reserve Bank sent a senior official on a fact-finding mission to De La Rue‘s printing plant in Hampshire, UK.

A third of De la Rue’s profits did not include profits earned through new contracts – that encompassed sale of 95% of its security paper sold to many nations among whom India and Pakistan are important ones, was the prima facie finding.

As a result, De La Rue was blacklisted by the government with 2000 metric tonnes of its paper lying unused at printing presses and warehouses.

De la Rue’s CEO James Hussey who is the godson of the Queen of England quit the company mysteriously. De la Rue’s shares tanked and it almost went bankrupt losing one of its most valuable customers – RBI. Its French rival Oberthur approached De la Rue with a bid to take over the company which was fought back.

The complaints sent to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by ‘unnamed officers of the Ministry of Finance’ mentioned other companies too. These include French firm Arjo Wiggins, Crane AB of USA and Louisenthal, Germany.

The scandal had just surfaced under the United Progressive Alliance government. Rather ironically, the potty ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh proverbially termed the NDA kettle black!

Part of De La Rue was acquired by Privet Capital that prints and processes bank notes of 106 nations in May 2016.

Operative excerpts from a relevant press statement: Privet Capital, a private equity investor focused on creating value through operational improvement, acquired Cash Processing Solutions Limited [CPS] and its subsidiaries from De La Rue.

CPS specialises in providing cash processing hardware, software and related services to central banks, commercial banks, state print-works and commercial cash processing companies. Its sorting solutions process 125 billion banknotes per annum from operations in 106 countries, supported by a team of over 500 people.

De La Rue announced a windfall on November 22 2016.

De La Rue announced that it will continue to print currency at its factory in Malta. The company has been working in Malta for over 40 years and last year announced that it was creating a Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta, as part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills.

The facility at Malta is the World’s largest commercial printer of both banknotes and passports. The announcement came on the back of a solid business performance by the firm. Martin Sutherland, the firm’s CEO confirmed that the move was designed to provide the flexibility to meet current and future customer requirements.

‘We have refined the implementation plan for our Global footprint to give us a better blend of outsourcing with a more flexible in house production capacity, and as a result will be keeping the remaining banknote print line open in Malta,’ a company press release revealed.

Contrary to previous intentions, De La Rue will not be reducing its workforce and will not be offering further voluntary retirement schemes, the statement added.

Malta is one of the global centres of diabolically sinister financial activity.

In his report, journalist MK Venu [1] in 2015 – wrote the chilling words: Tax havens like Mauritius, Malta, Bahamas and the Cayman islands still operate in non-transparent ways”.

The nature of the scofflaw nature of Malta can be guessed with one simple yardstick. One of its new citizens is Lalit Kumar Modi – the man against whom India’s official ministry claims to have issued Interpol’s red-corner-notice.

The UN is aware of such developments – with a savage twist – terrorism – since 2004!

Excerpts from the relevant UN report:

The United Nations Questionnaire on the Nature of Links between Terrorism and other Forms of Crime” was sent to Member States pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 58/136, adopted upon the recommendation of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and ECOSOC, on “the need to strengthen international cooperation and technical assistance in promoting the implementation of the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism within the framework of the activities of the UNODC”.

The resolution invited Member States to provide the Secretary-General with information on the nature of links between terrorism and other forms of crime  and to comment on whether terrorist groups’ modus operandi.

India reported that terrorist groups are involved in organized criminal activities of various kinds, including arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, trafficking in persons, and drug trafficking.

In India, specific instances have come to the attention of the authorities regarding the financing of terrorist acts and the use of informal money transfer systems such as the hawala system. India reported that such underground banking systems have substantial links with the underworld and money laundering channels which, in turn are linked to terrorist activities.

Important links between terrorist financing and economic crime were funded by counterfeiting of currencies. Fake Indian currency notes have been systematically used by terrorists to finance their activities in India. Organized crime groups have also contributed to the circulation of the forged currency in India and abroad. India reported that there had been cooperation between organized crime groups and terrorists for a long time, but that a significant new development on this front was the fact that organized crime gangs and terrorists outfits had begun to work “in consonance”. There are numerous instances of the involvement of organized crime 27 gangs in terrorism. The attack on the U.S. Information Centre, Kolkata (January 2002) is an example of such collaborations.

[All emphasised portions are by the author]

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M.K. Venu is a Founding Editor of The Wire. As an active economic and political writer, he has held leadership roles in reputed newspapers such as The Economic TimesThe Financial Express and The Hindu. He has written extensively on economic policy matters for over a quarter century after India opened up its economy in 1991. He also wrote regular political economy columns on the edit pages of The Economic TimesFinancial Express and Indian Express over the past two decades. He hosts a regular political-economy discussion called ‘State of the Economy’ on the national public broadcast channel RSTV. He has also been invited by Parliamentary Committees to give his views on public policy matters. He is on Twitter @mkvenu1.

Are Indian Opposition’s Honourable Men and Women Out To Kill Bharat’s Neo Caesar – Modi?

Aren’t the opposition parties and paid media knaves’ knives attempting to maim India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi finding tacit support from within the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party?

Does the single fulcrum uniting the anti Modi movement led by marginal leaders of the otherwise fractured opposition to protest his trashing high denomination currency notes have no sinful and/or ulterior motive other than helping the suffering middle-class?

Are all the opposition parties saying in unison that they too are for against black money, mouthing the truth?

Have peoples’ seemingly incessant hardships reached the threshold of an uncontrollable nationwide chaos as being stated by the opposition?

The answers to all the above queries are – anyone can discern – could only be in the form of the two letter word NO. Yet, PM Modi is going overboard to ‘convince’ the masses through Whatsapp interactions.

Why should Modi do this when a clear disconnect between the people and the parliament has been established by the combined acts of the discredited opposition? Anyone in India can see and hear that no worthwhile business has been transacted during the ongoing winter session of parliament! 

Yet, spokespersons of the BJP are – mixing fact, facetiousness, sarcasm, innuendo and irony pointing out the following ‘acts’ of the opposition to alleviate the sufferings of the masses in support of their star-vote-catcher:

  • Besides stymieing parliament’s functioning, the opposition has proposed a roll back of the demonetisation, extension of the time frame to exchange old notes and augmented supply of currency notes in distribution points.
  • To achieve these honourable ends, the opposition pursued the following ‘proactive’ steps:
  1. Parliament’s functioning was stymied with demands that have so far changed some 6 times. This includes Modi’s replying to questions by being present in the house, despite its not being incumbent upon the PM.
  2. The likes of Rahul Gandhi mingled with the public queues outside ATMs, apparently, to understand the masses’ angst.
  3. Chief Ministers of Delhi and West Bengal –Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Bannerjee respectively demanded to know details of the new currency notes’ distribution from the national capital region [NCR] offices of the Reserve Bank. In this endeavour, they blocked the traffic within a 1 km radius of Parliament.
  4. The left parties raised questions in Parliament – and have even announced intentions to be on the same page as their political foe – the ruling Trinamool Congress [TMC] in the major north-east state of Bharat. They narrated a count of those who dropped dead while standing in queues outside ATMs.
  5. The combined opposition even disturbed the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu who read out a statement regarding a mishap that had claimed over 150 lives. That was a loud and insensitive insult of the innocent dead souls.
  6. Those aggrieved by the money cleansing move of Modi filed petitions in various High Courts and a special petition was filed in the Supreme Court. In its wisdom, the Apex Court asked the government to speed up measures before riots happened. That sentence was enough for the opposition to point to the ‘impending riot situation on a nationwide scale.’
  7. “Cash delivery trucks were looted in Kashmir and in Pune,” was the only news item sign of the ‘riot like’ situation. But then, such heists happen all the time.

In a word – the threat of a countrywide unrest has proved to be an empty one.

Anyone with basic knowledge of governance could dismiss these above deeds producing zilch to lessen the sufferings with less than the proverbial guffaw.

Various aspects of the demonetisation step were exposed in my earlier blogs. Their links:

The ruling BJP is repeating ad nauseam that the opposition is likely to lose its heavy cash stash due to the demonetisation move.

If that is the only reason, the matter can be handled easily by the second rung leadership of the BJP.

Yet, Modi is pitch-forking himself into the fray.

Possible reasons:

Conservative estimates place normalisation some 3 months later.

Modi is fighting with his back to the wall against fire from his own flanks. And it isn’t the Shiv Sena of Maharashtra. The snipers are from within the BJP itself.

Shakespeare said thus in Julius Caesar:

The evil that men do lives after them

The good is oft interred with their bones.

Modi had been warned long ago – even before he took oath of office – to be precise – on May 16 and 17 2014 to be wary of those around him:

The links:

http://bharata-bharati.tumblr.com/post/85873597731/narendra-bhai-beware-of-enemies-around-you

http://tsvhari.com/template_article.asp?id=1016

With criminal intent, Google killed all my blogs by cancelling my Gmail account. Therefore, some of the links within the above blogs will narrate the legend ‘blog not found’.

Operative excerpts:

Frustrated ambitious men and women will do anything to gain political power.

Who and why would someone want to eliminate Modi?

There are many within the Bharatiya Janata Party itself who would not stop at anything to get Modi out of the way. Such men and women could be instigated by one woman – Edvige Antonia Albina Maino – also known as Sonia Gandhi.

My above blog was published on December 18, 2010.

Within 3 weeks, Sonia’s controller in Pakistan – Salman Taseer– the very man who could physically blurt out the truth– who was then in a gubernatorial post – was murdered in cold blood – by his own bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri. Murders of Taseer and Indira Gandhi in 2010 and in 1984 respectively had one common denominator – Sonia Gandhi.

Taseer had introduced the Au Pair girl Sonia to Rajiv in the sixties – in a restaurant in the United Kingdom. Then Sonia was trying to learn to speak English to get employed as a waitress.

All those who could have exposed Sonia about her role in the Bofors payoffs have ended up dead.

The first to be killed on February 28 1986 was Swedish Prime Minister Sven Olof Joachim Palme. He is bound to have known the Bofors secrets. The Palme murder is still an unsolved mystery. His so-called killer was charged with murder, but released. The assassin – Carl Gustaf Christer Pettersson – died under mysterious circumstances recently when he was ready to spill all the beans.

The second Swede to lose his life was Palme’s political disciple Bernt Wilmar Carlsson, who perished in the Pan Am jet bombing in Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21 1988. Carlsson was scheduled to succeed Palme in the party. The Swede was doing important jobs for the United Nations to stop war mongers in their tracks in Africa.

The men who were accused of the guilt for over a decade by the West – two alleged Libyan terrorists – believed to be close to Tripoli villain Muammar Mohammed Abu Minyar Gaddafi–were freed. The dictator was later trampled to death.

Bofors’ MD Martin Ardbo, and the middlemen Win Chadha and Ottavio Quattrocchi – who ought to have known who paid what and to whom – died of natural causes.

Rajiv Gandhi himself– who probably knew who benefited or had been the beneficiary himself– was murdered in 1991.

The Congress is still in denial about the details of not only Rajiv’s murder but also the elimination of the terrorist who ordered the cold blooded murder – V Prabhakaran.

Further details can be found in these blogs:

There are simple explanations to these.

The elections since 2014 have proved that the successors of the Nehru Gandhi clan – Sonia and Rahul Gandhi – are no longer the vote-catchers they once were. Hence, Congress party’s clown prince is putting up a brave front, with feeble one-liners against Modi. However, reports indicating that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could lead the campaign in UP betray the sorry state of the mother-son duo’s waning clout.

In a few months, the state of Uttar Pradesh will go to polls.

Till the other day, it did seem that former CM Mayawati had the opportunity of coming to power in UP.

The party with chances better than the rest of the pack – post the demonetisation – in UP – is the BJP. The dead giveaway of this possibility is Mayawati’s relentless attack on Modi’s regime post November 8 2016. The ongoing fratricidal feud within UP’s ruling Samajwadi Party could ensure its defeat at the hustings.

The demonetisation sob stories are off the national media’s radars now.

If the thinning of the queues outside banks and ATMs have succeeded in turning the opposition parties’ party into a damp squib, the border incident wherein Pakistan soldiers left Indian brave-heart’s body mutilated on November 22 2016 have poured water on the proposed anti-demonetisation stir of the opposition – that could prove to be colder than Kashmir valley’s bitter winter’s ice on the Dal Lake.

Modi’s popularity began climbing after the first ‘surgical strike’ leaving 4 Pak army camps across the borders in tatters.

Then came the second one – called the ‘surgical strike’ against shady wealth. It turned the opposition’s paper treasury caches into sheaves of worthless paper.

Finally short-sighted Pakistan has left itself open to the sucker punch by its misadventure across the border which could lead to the third surgical strike that could inflict heavy casualties on the enemy.

Yet, Modi cannot afford to remain complacent.

Modi doesn’t need enemies from beyond the BJP. He has a well-endowed one in the form of Arun Jaitley.

Undoubtedly, the PM is India’s neo Julius Caesar.

Modi had been warned long ago – even before he took oath of office – to be precise – on May 16 and 17 2014 to be wary of those around him.

India has a fairly long list of potential Caesars.

The first two: Mahatma Gandhi and Subhash Chandra Bose.

Lal Bahadur Shastri would rank the next. Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi – though not exactly in the Caesar mould – are certainly the nation’s martyrs..

The current Nehru-Gandhi clan is trying to profit from each of these murders.

Shakespeare said thus in Julius Caesar:

The evil that men do lives after them

The good is oft interred with their bones.

Will India Inc Forget Demonetisation Woes Thru Jaitley’s Raids On Zakir Naik’s IRF & An Arms’ Dealer Sponsored Concert?

India’s media savvy Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has perhaps succeeded in creating a sideshow by pretending to lynch Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Since July, the Finance and Home Ministries have twiddled their thumbs over the issue.

The Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and other departments that report to India’s Jaitley have begun conducting raids on Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation [IRF].

As it did in July this year, the sudden interest on Naik may yet prove to be nothing more than a storm in a beer tankard sold in south Mumbai’s watering hole – Metro House!

Is the proposed ‘impending action’ against Islamic hate-monger Zakir Naik – a diversionary tactic to drag attention away from the current anger of the public against the demonetisation?

The answer: Probably, yes.

What purpose would the diversion serve?

Answer: It would succeed in attracting people’s attention towards an inbuilt hatred against a faith called Islam. Its basic tenets have nothing in common with terrorism. But, persons like Zakir Naik [better suggestion for a name – Shaatir Naalaayak – meaning clever scoundrel] besmirch the reputation of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Unto Him].

Of course, the exercise would drag the angst and anger of the people of India that is Bharat away from the demonetisation travails.

How sure can one be about this tactic working?

India’s financial capital Mumbai is witnessing theGlobal Citizen Concert.”

The concert’s syndication is handled by one Shiv Khemka, a notorious arms dealer with a shady past with all sorts of connections with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Shiv Khemka is more Russian than Indian, one would be led to believe by reading a short profile on the group in Business Today:

The disinvestment process is what drew us more to India,” says Shiv Vikram Khemka, Executive Director. “’We have a 20-30 year perspective for India.”

The Khemkas fancy their chances because of the success they’ve met with in the disinvestment process in Russia: Out of 35 bids, they succeeded in 27. The Khemkas aren’t revealing the PSUs they’re targeting, preferring to only identify the sector they’ve identified: oil and energy.

Shiv Khemka is an open supporter of Arun Jaitley.

His tweet in September 2016 [reproduced verbatim below] clearly shows where his loyalties lie: Swamy’s statement against FM @arunjaitley and about tax laws is totally irresponsible.

Economic Times stated that while Russian Helicopters (RH) is in talks with a handful of possible Indian partners, the lead contender happens to be the Gurgaon-based Sun Group, reported a website in May 2015. Operative excerpt:

As per insiders, the group may get a significant share of the deal, which might cross a whooping amount of $700 million. RH is likely to produce at least 200 choppers in India. Vice-Chairman and founder of Sun Group Shiv Vikram Khemka has been a non-executive director on the board of RH since 2011 and has already set up a helicopter division. He is likely to be involved in the ‘Make in India’ project.

While the Sun Group did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET, company officials said things were at a preliminary stage and it was too early to comment.

But according to sources, Sun Group was also an offset partner for RH in a previous competition to supply light choppers to the army, a process which was cancelled by the government last year.

The financial capital will also soon forget another little thing it ought not to – the dreaded date called 26/11.

An excerpt from the relevant report in The Indian Express dated November 19 2016 told the bitter truth:

The concert Global Citizen is taking place just before the eighth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and speaks volumes about the spirit of Mumbai — the show must go on.

The 26/11 show’s villains are still in Mumbai, enjoying life, cocking a snook at the law and left untouched by the cops – despite their being up to their ears in black money and involved in anti-national activities of the worst kind!

Here are links exposing shady sides of the ongoing show:

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/did-indias-gossip-column-journo-sinh-commit-suicide/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/maharashtras-bjp-slur-khadse-in-a-vain-shadow/

The irony is best expressed in the song penned by the immortal Hindi lyricist Shailendra for the 1962 Devanand starrer Asli Naqli [True-Fake].

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy,

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Breaking relationships

Traditions

I have arrived amidst those with kind hearts

I can tell you there is no strength in the rich

The world of pelf didn’t care for me

The globe’s poor showered love on me

I sat on my imaginary palace’s throne

Sighting an Utopian global peace

Yet

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Indians are being fooled again – by the clever Jaitley – who is running with the bad-dogs and also running alongside the hound – Modi!

India’s paid press will surely make merry.

The evidence from the recent past is too fresh in the memory!

The Real Secret Behind Modi’s Currency Cancellation Move?

Is there a link between Prime Minister Modi’s sudden cancellation of the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes to geopolitical financial upheaval in the wake of US election results that catapulted Donald Trump to the White House against all expectations?

Could that be the signal of the newest global bloc – BRICS undergoing serious realignments?

The replies to both the queries could only be in the affirmative.

Indian PM Modi’s attempt to unearth unaccounted wealth in India whose final value could snake beyond US$ 500 billion has acquired a sudden importance as the geopolitical world has undergone a sudden, drastic change.

One man has created this situation.

His name is Donald Trump.

Modi seems to have merely reacted to what Trump’s slogan “America first” platform could eventually lead the world into.

Trump’s proposed foreign policy has reportedly rung alarm bells in Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul, the EU headquarters in Brussels and most of the vulnerable Baltic nations along Russia’s western border.

Brussels, incidentally, is also home to the headquarters of NATO.

Trump had threatened to pull out of NATO and withdraw the nuke umbrella protection over Japan and South Korea. He had vowed to slap huge trade tariffs on China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, had said in May, “We hope the U.S. people from all walks of life would view bilateral relations from a reasonable and objective perspective.” It was a diplomatic way of saying Beijing abhorred Trump.

China has reasons to do so.

It overtook US of A as the world’s most powerful nation in terms of financial assets.

There is only one nation in the world that would be willing to take on China due to domestic and security reasons – and that happens to be India.

China supports Pakistan and its terrorists for Beijing’s strategic reasons of curbing India’s growing ambitions to be a world power. The contrast is clear – Pakistan is the world’s poorest rogue nation and China is the richest!

The warning had come from The New York Times – way back in May this year.

The open admiration for Trump from Vladimir Putin [1] means quite a lot.

The latter is supposed to be one of the mainstays in BRICS.

When Trump takes charge, it would be interesting to see what his stand on Islam and IS actually means.[2] Whatever Trump ends up doing, could lead to the second polar part being headed by a new colour code – the green-tinted brown-skinned Muslims of the world.

The biggest victim could be BRICS.

Not many in the world know that the BRICS idea was basically born in American Wall Street’s holiest cow – Goldman Sachs [3] way back in 2001 and was called BRIC comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – the then 4 major emerging markets of the world. The originator was Jim O’Neill [a.k.a. Terence James, Baron O’Neill of Gatley], then its assets’ management wing’s chief.[4]

On April 16 this year, a Canadian conservative paper revealed why BRICS would fail and fail miserably.

This means the composition of BRICS could undergo major changes.

Sooner or later, Brazil – with its new found love or the US of A would have to exit BRICS, say credible reports. It would have a new name – a kind of a takeoff on Britain’s exit from EU – BRAXIT. That is because of one twice-divorced woman – Dilma Rousseff. [5]

The highly corrupt Jacob Zuma of South Africadenoting the last initial ‘S’ in BRICS [6] could be another nation edged out – sooner or later.

Finally, the ‘C’ in BRICS – China – which continues to claim it is communist could be targeted by Trump.

Trump’s strongest ally in this could be India on the one side and Russia on the other.

But, Trump’s known mindset of making NATO allies pay for their protection could result in one nation that has the highest economic growth rate in the world – India as America’s biggest ally.

The pointer in that direction is the trip of Modi to Japan – the only nation to be nuked ever – that too by the US of A.

Sections of EU – need the Russian gas – cheaper than their own to keep their industries running. Thanks to Modi’s rapport with Putin and the latter’s known admiration for Trump, India could play the role of a powerful broker in modern-day geopolitics.

All this needs money and lots of it.

Modi seems to have embarked upon a sudden move to do just that. If someone sitting in one corner of India – poor old me – can guess this much, much more can be second guessed by think tanks in China and perhaps Islamabad.

Is that why a section of the Indian press suspected to be in the pay of the enemies of Bharat are trying to run Modi’s financial move down?

One pointer to the final denouement is that Modi is an avowed anti-communist. Though Putin had been one – he is against socialists in Russia.

So, will the letter ‘B’ that stands for Brazil be dropped or be substituted with another ‘B’ that stands for Britain?

Since China is against Trump’s foreign policy, will the ‘C’ disappear?

Will the ‘S’ then stand for South Korea?

Will other letters like ‘G’ [Germany] and J [Japan] be added?

The months to follow will provide some surprising replies.

However, let us remember that Britain’s PM Theresa May visited India before the currency withdrawal and Modi visited Japan immediately afterwards.

[1]

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is currently President of the Russian Federation since 7 May 2012. He was Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000, President from 2000 to 2008, and again Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012.

During his second term as Prime Minister, he was the Chairman of the United Russia Party, the ruling party.

A native of St Petersburg, Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years who reached the level of Lt. Colonel.

Officers in the KGB had to be members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Putin opted for retirement in 1991 to enter politics, moved to Moscow in 1996 and joined President Boris Yeltsin‘s administration. Rising quickly through the ranks and becoming Acting President on 31 December 1999, when Yeltsin resigned, Putin won the subsequent 2000 presidential election by a 53% to 30% margin crushing his Communist Party opponent, Gennady Zyuganov. He was reelected President in 2004 with 72% of the vote. In September 2011, after presidential terms were extended from four to six years, Putin announced he would seek a third term as president. He won the March 2012 presidential election with 64% of the vote.

[2]

Few in the world know that IS was a creation of the West when Putin demanded more than the proverbial pound of flesh for the highly subsidised gas from central Russia. The replacement of that was supposed to be from the Middle-East, from Oman. The pipeline was to pass through Syria, from where Assad had demanded much more than what Putin had asked to allow the pipeline to pass through. In turn, the West discovered a tyrant in Assad to tackle whom a rag-tag army of freedom fighters called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant came into being. It turned out to be a worse Frankenstein monster than the CIA’s earlier creation – Osama bin Laden.

Osama was placed in Waziristan – the lawless Pak-Afghan border – under the ruse of displacing the Soviets from their occupation of Afghanistan.

The apparent motive bandied about was teaching democracy to the crazy Afghans.

But the reality was – accessing the mineral goodies – currently valued at US$30 trillion in Afghanistan – stuff that the combine of China and Russia hope to pocket.

[3]

On April 30, 2002, Goldman Sachs Group Inc faced charges of fraud. Accusations included its analysts’ misrepresentations that adversely affected the market price of securities. The firm paid $12,500,000 as settlement.

On July 15, 2003, facing a lawsuit for artificially inflating the RSL’s stock price by issuing untrue or materially misleading statements in research analyst reports, Goldman Sachs paid $3,380,000 for settlement.

[4]

O’Neill quit the British cabinet on September 23 this year. He is a British peer teaching economics in Manchester varsity.

[5]

Brazilian economist and the first woman to be President of Brazil, Dilma Vana Rousseff was born in an upper-middle-class household in Bulgaria, and is a former communist. She was  Brazilian economist and politician who served as the 36th President of Brazil from 2011 until her impeachment and removal from office on 31 August 2016. She is the first woman to have held that office.

The daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household. She became a socialist during her youth and, following the 1964 coup d’état, joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured, tortured, and condemned to jail between 1970 and 1972.

On 12 May 2016, the Senate of Brazil temporarily suspended President Rousseff’s powers and duties for up to six months or until the Senate reaches a verdict: to remove her from office if found guilty or to acquit her from the crimes charged. Vice President Michel Temer assumed her powers and duties as Acting President of Brazil during the suspension. On 31 August 2016, the Senate voted 61–20 in favor of impeachment, finding Rousseff guilty of breaking budgetary laws and removing her from office

[6]

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma was charged with rape and faced allegations of racketeering and corruption. He managed to get himself acquitted through his good offices in the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa in 2005 and 2009. His financial advisor Schabir Shaikh too was convicted but also exonerated. The appeals are pending before South African courts till the time of writing. There are other arraignments. South Africa’s Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said Zuma’s rural homestead at Nkandla was an improper drain on the exchequer. The Constitutional Court unanimously held in 2016’s Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly that Zuma had failed to uphold the country’s constitution, resulting in calls for his resignation. It resulted in a failed impeachment attempt in the National Assembly.

Afridi Smokescreen Hides Hideous Pak Terrorism Truths?

Afridi tea-cup-storm meant to hide a massive, lurking tornado – Dawood Ibrahim and the typhoon of terrorism?

Is the ire against Shahid Afridi in Pakistan being played up by sections of the paid media in India to mask a large story of vital importance to the future of Asian Subcontinent?

Is the demand to get international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim to India for standing trial for crimes against humanity being obfuscated by the sections of the media?

Is the clever diplomat and Pakistani statesman Shahryar Khan playing mind games with India on this issue?

 The clamour for action against Afridi is led by former Pak cricketer Mohammad Javed Miandad who is now a close relative of Dawood Ibrahim through the marriage of their offspring. [1]

Is this a huge smokescreen to hide something hideous?

Shahid Afridi, his comments’ effect on Kashmiri separatism and Pakistan Cricket Board boss Shahryar Khan’s sudden interest in resuming sporting ties with India seem to be cruel jokes.

Was Afridi really serious when he said that he is loved in India more than Pakistan and a legal notice being issued against him in Pakistan?

The answer is NO!

On April 7 2011, Shahid Afridi had launched a bizarre attack on India, its cricketers and its media for ruining matters between the two countries.

Excerpts:

While Afridi labelled Pakistan media “100 times better” than their Indian counterparts, Afridi said that the Indian team was not as “large-hearted” as the Pakistanis despite continuous efforts and that its media took heart in blowing matters out of proportion, resulting in the omnipresent animosity between the two nations.

“You can’t hide the fact that no matter how much we try, they [the Indian team] can’t be on the same level as us and don’t have a heart as big as us,” Afridi told Dawn News in response to a question pertaining to India’s hospitality and treatment.

In a separate interview during a television show on Samaa, Afridi confirmed that due to the same reasons, it was “really difficult to have a long-term relationship” with India.

Shahryar/Miandad: Asia’s Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid

The outburst of Javed Miandad over Afridi’s so-called support in India and the former cricketer’s close family ties with Dawood Ibrahim in conjunction with each other did not cause raising of serious eyebrows.

In October last year, Pakistan’s top diplomat in India claimed Dawood Ibrahim wasn’t in Pakistan.

In August 2013, during the release of his book – Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan – Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying thus:

Dawood [Ibrahim] was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country.

I think he is in the UAE. The Nawaz Sharif government is very much in favour of taking action against criminals who not only affect Pakistan but also any other country, whether it is India or Afghanistan or wherever. We cannot allow criminals to flourish in the country.

Pakistan has been in favour of discussions with the Taliban of the more moderate ilk. But a large number are not moderate. Pakistan remains inclined to talk only to the reasonable ones.

Shahryar issued a ‘clarification’ in the Pakistani media – almost immediately.

“I was asked a question about Dawood Ibrahim and I said only what has been already reported. They (media) twisted my statement.” “Dawood (Ibrahim) was in Pakistan but I believe he was chased out of Pakistan. If he is in Pakistan, he should be hounded and arrested. We cannot allow such gangsters to operate from the country,” Shahryar Khan was quoted as saying by Indian media. The senior diplomat later on clarified his position but a lot of talk was made out of his alleged remarks. “I have never, not in the past as foreign secretary, not now, have known where Mr Ibrahim lives. I was only reflecting what the Pakistani press has been saying. I have no knowledge nor is it my remit,” he had told an Indian TV as the controversy erupted.

Shahryar Khan is a former foreign secretary of Pakistan who also was a cricket administrator.

Shahryar Khan is not the run of the mill Paki politician [2]

Shahryar Khan is the first cousin of the late charismatic cricketer Tiger Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi. So, he is an uncle to film star children – Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan offspring of the Tiger and actress Sharmila.

Sharmila Tagore is the grand-daughter of India’s most famous and Nobel Laureate poet – Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore.

Saif, incidentally is married to Kareena Kapoor, the granddaughter of India’s most known showman – Raj Kapoor. Kareena’s first cousin is married to the daughter of India’s Marlon Brando – Amitabh Bachchan!

That shows that Shahryar has impeccably incredibly top connections in India.

India’s multidimensional Af-Pak imbroglio with a Chinese twist

India and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation [NATO] nations are on the same page on the festering wound called Afghanistan, [3] the highway linking China’s Xinjiang Province and the Baluchistan port of Gwadar [4].

India is helping NATO to cart away natural riches of Afghanistan – believed to be worth around US$ 30 trillion – through the crescent of Islamic nations that have become the Russia’s soft Islamic underbelly. [5]

The riches carted out of Afghanistan reached Black-Sea ports belonging to former USSR nation – Georgia – after crossing the large land-locked pond called Caspian Sea. The extension of this route was through the world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosporus. It connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. The final link to the Atlantic was through its extension via the Dardanelles, the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Russia’s Vladimir Putin put paid to that by grabbing Crimea – thus seizing control over the Black Sea.

The alternative routes to link Afghanistan to the ocean are the ports of Gwadar, Karachi and Kandla.

The geopolitical game being played by China is by building the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor [CPEC]. It could be linked to the so-called ‘development’ of parts of Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the proposed ‘independent’ nation of Kashmir principality as the highway passes through what India’s northwest terrorism pock-mark, Pakistan Occupied Kashmir [POK].

Having suffered the results of the Islamic fundamentalist experiment of Osama bin Laden, NATO is seeking to avoid Pakistan altogether. The physically political alternative is the ‘resolution’ of the Kashmir imbroglio by working on the granting of Kashmir’s western part under Pak control, terming it reunification and appending it to India. The exercise could give NATO several advantages to stymie growing Chinese ambitions. But all of them are anchored to the province of Xinjiang – home to China’s Islamic underbelly – also home to the separatist Uighurs. [6]

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is an autonomous region is the 8th largest country sub-division in the world, spanning over 1.6 million square km. It encompasses several disputed territories that include Aksai Chin, a few hundred square miles claimed by Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan Afghanistan, Tibet, Pakistan and India. The extremely rugged Karakoram, Kunlun, and Tian Shan mountain ranges occupy much of Xinjiang’s borders, as well as its western and southern regions. Xinjiang also possesses abundant oil and mineral reserves. It also is currently China’s largest natural gas-producing region.

It is home to a number of ethnic groups including the Han, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Hui, Uyghur, Kyrgyz, and Mongols. Only about 4.3% of Xinjiang’s land area is fit for human habitation.

With a documented history of at least 2,500 years, a succession of peoples and empires has vied for control over all or parts of this territory. The territory came under the rule of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century, which was later replaced by the Republic of China government. Since 1949, it has been part of the People’s Republic of China following the Chinese Civil War.

There are enough straws in the wind to believe that NATO is arm-twisting Pakistan on the basis of its fundamentalist Islamic terrorism and could try reuniting the two parts of Kashmir and grant it to India. Some of them:

  • Reunified Kashmir would grant India a direct border with Afghanistan – where Indian presence is becoming more pronounced. The riches could reach Kandla.Part of the CPEC would fall into NATO’s control thus access to Tajikistan – from where Uighur Islamic separatists are being quietly funded.
  • That would halt the development of Gwadar as Pakistan has virtually no funds. The move would also nullify a possible Chinese foothold on an Arabian Sea port. The security concerns of the Islamic nations in the Middle-East in the West and India in the east.
  • The move could mark the beginning of the end of Afghanistan’s notoriety as the largest producer-exporter of drugs in the international market and also stem the flow of economic refugees into Europe – being actively funnelled in by Pakistan.
  • The end of POK would mean end of Article 370 – a sore point of India’s Hindu majority. It could deal fatal blows to the bunch of corrupt Kashmiri Muslim politicians that feed on India’s largesse using the Damocles’ Sword of Pakistan sponsored terrorism. If there is no Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, India would share a common border with Afghanistan putting paid to the ambitions of the Chinese to encircle India’s north.

Let us ask ourselves the first bunch of queries again:

Is the ire against Shahid Afridi in Pakistan being played up by sections of the paid media in India to mark a large story of vital importance to the future of Asian Subcontinent?

Is the demand to get international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim to India for standing trial for crimes against humanity being obfuscated by the sections of the media?

Is the clever diplomat and Pakistani statesman Shahryar Khan playing mind games with India on this issue?

 The clamour for action against Afridi is led by former Pak cricketer Mohammad Javed Miandad who is now a close relative of Dawood Ibrahim through the marriage of their offspring.

Is this a huge smokescreen to hide something hideous?

[1]

In December 2015, Dawood’s nephew Sohail Kaskar was nabbed in the United States of America and faces a lifetime in prison.In February this year, the United Kingdom issued sanctions against Dawood Ibrahim

Excerpts from a Press Trust of India report:

Dawood has time and again been reported to be based in Pakistan but Islamabad has denied his presence.

Financial sanctions in force in the UK could apply to individuals, entities and governments who may be resident in the UK or abroad.

The measures include prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and freezing the assets of a government, the corporate entities and residents of the target country to targeted asset freezes on individuals/entities.

Certain financial sanctions may also prohibit providing or performing other financial services, such as insurance, to designated individuals or governments.It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction, without an appropriate licence or authorisation from the UK Treasury.

Miandad is said to own properties in central London. One of them is located in Euston, within 3 km of MI6 headquarters.
Dawood tried to send a chilling message to India by trying to hit the nation’s showpiece internationally present financial institution – Bank of Baroda. The institution’s former Chairman and Managing Director SS Mundra and currently one of the Deputy Governors of the Reserve Bank of India – hails from the vicinity of the Kandla Port. Apparently, Dawood got former Indian Bank boss and current Vigilane Commissioner TM Bhasin to plant information about the Kaskar stash in Bahamas in a banking entity owned by BoB through agent provocateurs who had retired from Reserve Bank of India.
For nearly a decade, Dawood has been on the US watch-list of terrorists.
After having exposed Pak perfidy in hiding Osama some 2 years ago, Obama is believed to be ready to pull the plug on Dawood. If that happens, it could get a huge number of pro-Narendra Modi NRIs to back the Democratic candidate for the US Presidency – Hillary Clinton, or so, it is said to be believed by the Central Intelligence Agency. It could also blunt the pronouncedly anti-Muslim rhetoric of the Republican hopeful – Donald Trump.
Excerpts from a Wikipedia dossier on Dawood:
Dawood Ibrahim is believed to be the boss of the dreaded crime syndicate named D-Company whose tentacles are spread far and wide in India, Pakistan and in the Middle-East.
Since 2011, Dawood figures as the 4th most globally wanted fugitives from law sought by the Interpol on a litany of charges that include organised crime, terrorism and counterfeiting.
Reports circulated by the US of A’s Central Intelligence Agency and the Russian SVR indicate Ibrahim maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden and on that count had been declared a global terrorist since 2003.
Ibrahim is believed to be the main mover and shaker in multiple terror attacks in India and that includes the Mumbai attacks on 26/11 during which Ajmal Amir Kasab, a Pak born trained terrorist was taken alive and confessed to his connections to Dawood Ibrahim and Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence.
Dawood Ibrahim was believed to control India’s unofficial system for transferring money and remittances outside the view of official agencies called Hawala.
The United States Department of Treasury has effectively forbidden U.S. financial entities from working with him and seizing assets believed to be under his control and maintains a fact sheet on Ibrahim which contains reports of his syndicate having smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle-East and Africa shared with and used by terrorist organisation al-Qaeda.
One of the reports said that Ibrahim’s crime syndicate is involved in large-scale shipment of narcotics in the United Kingdom and Western Europe.
Reports suggest his having been indoctrinated into the 4th Jihadi struggle of Islam – one involving violent acts and loosely linked to the word Saif or Sword by Osama bin Laden, who is now dead. The passage is believed to be a forgery as the original Koran only had three.
On November 21 2006 ten leading members of ‘D’ Company were extradited from the United Arab Emirates to India.
The ten included his younger brother Iqbal.
Indian officials visited the US shortly after Pak-trained terrorists attacked the Indian Parliament while it was in session, December 2001.
The then mainstays in the regime Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice listened to the Indian presentation and indicated that Dawood would be handed over to India with some strings attached upon clearance from Pak dictator Musharraf. The time frame given then was 15 to 20 days.
Nothing has happened on that front since.
“It was only fibbing and foot-dragging … by the Americans [who seemed to be afflicted by] a certain lack of enthusiasm. We do not have the clout to compel Pakistan to act on this issue, they started saying … I suspected, not without basis, that somebody in the bureaucratic system was trying, in Indians’ dialogue with Americans, to de-emphasise or derail the issue of getting Ibrahim and other Indian terrorists back from Pakistan… [India] was denied a major success in its war against Pakistan-supported terrorism by way of bureaucratic non-cooperation ‘that I have not been able to fully fathom,” India’s senior opposition leader and patriarch of the right wing Bharatiya Janata Party has been quoted as saying.
In recent times, Dawood has lost some of his key men Umar Bashir, Shetty, Noora and Shoaib Khan.
[2]
Born March 29 1934, in Bhopal, Nawabzaada Shahryar Mohammad Khan is a former career Pakistani diplomat.
He had demitted office of Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary in 1994 after a 4-year stint.
For the next two years, he served as the UN SRSG to Rwanda.
Khan was born to His Highness Nawab Mohammad Sarwar Ali Khan and Princess Abida Sultan.
Khan’s mother was the eldest daughter of the last king of Bhopal His Royal Highness Haji-Hafiz Sir Mohammad Nawab Hamidullah Khan who had merited a 19 gun salute in colonial India.
For some in Pakistan therefore, he happens to be a lowly Mohajir – Muslim refugee from India since the partition – if you please.
HRH Nawab Hamidullah Khan was a close friend of the founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah who also had migrated to Pakistan and thus, technically a Mohajir as well.
This writer has a few memories of Shahryar Khan when he made quiet visits to one Bombay’s well-known rendezvous for the powerful – the Cricket Club of India.
In the 70’s the Tiger arrived a little after lunch clad in white flannels smoking a cigarette into the Brabourne Stadium grounds. The stylish swagger of the dapper man made everyone look at him with awe.
A little behind – I had seen one of India’s little known but best exponents of off-spin bowling – Suresh Shastri ambling respectfully.
The Tiger, those days, had high hopes on the young spinner Suresh Shastri who bowled orthodox off-spin.
Tiger trained the younger man asking him to bowl at a single stump – and often changed the stick’s position, himself.
Shahryar often stood outside the net and gave a bit of expert advice.
He was always soft spoken.
Parenthesis
Shastri who officiated in 2 Test matches and 17 One Day International games has been forgotten ever since he rubbed the cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar on the wrong shoulder during an IPL outing with the Delhi Daredevils.
The Tiger left us September 22, 2011.
Parenthesis ends
Educated at Daly College Indore [a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh], Prince of Wales Royal Indian Military College, Dehradun, Grosvenor School, UK and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, the urbane Shahryar Khan is the perfect man to do business with in Pakistan from not just an Indian perspective, but from a global point of view – because of the impeccable credentials of the man.
Conferred a law degree from Cambridge in 1956, Shahryar Khan now lectures on Foreign Relations in the Lahore University of Management Sciences [LUMS].
Not many even remember that if there had been some credibility in Pakistan’s cricketing establishment ever, it was when Khan had headed the body between 2003 and 2006.
Conferred the honorary fellowship of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, Shahryar Khan is in my opinion, in possession of the credible stature – so important in the international diplomatic community [he is a close friend of Boutros-Boutros Ghali, the only person who did not win a second term as the Secretary General of the United Nations as the US of A vetoed him and who could arguably and possibly solve the Egyptian political tangle whose worsening could trigger WWIII], his family links to India and the Muslim aristocracy on our side of the border, Khan could be the moderate Akbar from the other side – who could be trusted by the majority Hindus and the largest religious minority in India – Muslims – alike.
[3]
The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collection of projects currently under construction at a cost of $46 billion that poses a security threat to NATO – currently backing the regime of Iran – Pakistan’s immediate neighbour with nuclear ambitions and India’s west coast – home to two major ports in the vicinity – Kandla [the nearest one] and Mumbai. While Pakistan would have a new city and an ultra-modern port, China would hem India in on its western flank through a plausible naval base. It would also prove to be a ‘check move’ against the West’s control over the Arabian Sea.
The corridor is considered to be an extension of China’s ambitious proposed 21st century Silk Road initiative and is considered central to China–Pakistan relations.
The CPEC is being heavily-subsidized through concessionary loans at an annual interest rate of 1.6%. The disbursal will be made available by the Exim Bank of China, China Development Bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. The beneficiary will directly be the Central Bank of Pakistan.
[4]
Gwadar Port is a warm-water, deep-sea port situated on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Baluchistan province of Pakistan. The port is a major destination in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Indian Defence Establishment’s views of the challenges posed by Gwadar have been very mild.
According to a Press Trust of India report, Pakistan and China signed a deal to acquire the usage rights to more than 2,000 acres of land for a Chinese company, Chinese official media reported. The leasing would last 43 years. PTI’s Beijing Bureau outputs always back the Chinese line. On the contrary, China’s Xinhua News Agency operating from Delhi goes hammer and tongs against the policies of every Indian regime.
Parenthesis
Xinhua has little credibility in international terms if the Wikipedia dossier on it is to be believed.
Bloomberg Businessweek commented on the opening of Xinhua Finance, saying that it would have to overcome the “Xinhua stigma” of being associated with “official propaganda”, and suspicions by outsiders of its credibility.
In an interview with Indian media in 2007, the head of Xinhua, Tian Congmin, affirmed the problem of “historical setbacks and popular perceptions”. Newsweek criticized Xinhua as “being best known for its blind spots” regarding controversial news in China, and mentioned that its “coverage of the United States is hardly fair and balanced”. Even so, “Xinhua’s spin diminishes when the news doesn’t involve China”.
During the 2003 SARS outbreak, Xinhua was slow to release reports of the incident to the public. However, its reporting in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was seen as more transparent and credible as Xinhua journalists operated more freely. After the Beijing Television Cultural Centre fire, cognizant of Xinhua’s “tardy” reporting in contrast to bloggers, China announced the investment of 20 billion Yuan to Xinhua. The vice president of the China International Publishing Group commented on this, saying that quantity of media exposure would not necessarily help perceptions of China. Rather, he said, media should focus on emphasizing Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life “to convey the message that China is a friend, not an enemy”.
Xinhua for its own part has criticized the perception of Western media objectivity, citing an incident during the 2008 Tibetan unrest when Western media outlets used a picture of Nepalese police beating Tibetan protesters, misleadingly labelling the pictures as of Chinese police, with commentary from CNN calling Chinese leaders “goons and thugs”. CNN later apologized for the comments, but Richard Spencer of The Sunday Telegraph defended what he conceded was “biased” Western media coverage of the riots, blaming China for not allowing foreign media access to Tibet during the conflict.
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Former Afghan President Karzai claimed the mineral deposits are actually worth $30 trillion.
Other estimates say it is worth US$ 3 trillion.
Karzai has little credibility in India or elsewhere.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, Karzai’s contribution to that beleaguered nation is measurable in negative terms.
Mining in Afghanistan is controlled by the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, which is headquartered in Kabul with regional offices in other parts of the country. Afghanistan has over 1400 mineral fields, containing barite, chromite, coal, copper, gold, iron ore, lead, natural gas, petroleum, precious and semi-precious stones, salt, sulphur, talc, zinc among many other minerals. Gemstones include high-quality emerald, lapis lazuli, red garnet and ruby.
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Operative excerpts from a BBC report:
Xinjiang borders eight countries – Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and until recently its population was mostly Uighur.
Most Uighurs are Muslim and Islam is an important part of their life and identity.
According to the 2000 census report, Han Chinese made up 40% of the population. Large numbers of troops are stationed in the region and unknown numbers of unregistered migrants.
The region has had intermittent autonomy and occasional independence, but what is now known as Xinjiang came under Chinese rule in the 18th Century.
An East Turkestan state was briefly declared in 1949, but independence was short-lived – later that year Xinjiang officially became part of Communist China.
In the 1990s, open support for separatist groups increased after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of independent Muslim states in Central Asia.
Activists say Uighur commercial and cultural activities have been gradually curtailed by the Chinese state. There are complaints of severe restrictions on Islam, with fewer mosques and strict control over religious schools.
Rights group Amnesty International, in a report published in 2013, said authorities criminalised “what they labelled ‘illegal religious’ and ‘separatist’ activities” and clamped down on “peaceful expressions of cultural identity”.
In July 2014, some Xinjiang government departments banned Muslim civil servants from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It was not the first time China had restricted fasting in Xinjiang, but it followed a slew of attacks on the public attributed to Uighur extremists, prompting concerns the ban would increase tensions.
China has been accused of intensifying its crackdown on the Uighurs after street protests in the 1990s and again in the run-up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
But things really escalated in 2009, with large-scale ethnic rioting in the regional capital, Urumqi. Some 200 people were killed in the unrest, most of them Han Chinese, according to officials.
Security was increased and many Uighurs detained as suspects. But violence rumbled on as right groups increasingly pointed to tight control by Beijing.
In June 2012, six Uighurs reportedly tried to hijack a plane from Hotan to Urumqi before they were overpowered by passengers and crew.
There was bloodshed in April 2013 and in June that year, 27 people died in Shanshan County after police opened fire on what state media described as a mob armed with knives attacking local government buildings
Establishing facts about these incidents is difficult, because foreign journalists’ access to the region is tightly controlled, but in recent months, there appears to have been a shift towards larger-scale incidents where citizens have become the target, particularly in Xinjiang.
At least 31 people were killed and more than 90 suffered injuries in May 2014 when two cars crashed through an Urumqi market and explosives were tossed into the crowd. China called it a “violent terrorist incident”.
It followed a bomb and knife attack at Urumqi’s south railway station in April, which killed three and injured 79 others.
In July, authorities said a knife-wielding gang attacked a police station and government offices in Yarkant, leaving 96 dead. The imam of China’s largest mosque, Jume Tahir, was stabbed to death days later.
In September about 50 died in blasts in Luntai County outside police stations, a market and a shop. Details of both incidents are unclear and activists have contested some accounts of incidents in state media.
A March stabbing spree in Kunming in Yunnan province that killed 29 people was blamed on Xinjiang separatists, as was an October 2013 incident where a car ploughed into a crowd and burst into flames in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
In response to the latest slew of attacks, the authorities have launched what they call a “year-long campaign against terrorism”, stepping up security in Xinjiang and conducting more military drills in the region.
There have also been reports of mass sentencing incidents and arrests of several “terror groups”. Chinese state media have reported long lists of people convicted of extremist activity and in some cases, death sentences.
High-profile Uighur academic, Ilham Tohti was detained and later charged in September 2014 on charges of separatism, sparking international criticism.
China has often blamed ETIM – the East Turkestan Islamic Movement – or people inspired by ETIM for violent incidents both in Xinjiang and beyond the region’s borders.
ETIM is said to want to establish an independent East Turkestan in China. The US State Department in 2006 said ETIM is “the most militant of the ethnic Uighur separatist groups”.
The scope of ETIM’s activities remains unclear with some questioning the group’s capacity to organise serious acts of extremism.
ETIM has not said it was behind any of the attacks. Chinese authorities said the Turkestan Islamic Party – which it says is synonymous with ETIM – released a video backing the Kunming attack, however.
With the recent apparent escalation in Xinjiang-related violence, the question of who and what is driving it is likely to attract greater scrutiny

Missing MH370 – Skies’ Artful Dodger?

Reports of pieces of the wreckage of an aircraft that went missing 2 years ago having been found on the eastern coast of Africa. These tales have reignited the agony of the relatives of those whose whereabouts aren’t known.

On March 8, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft – roughly the size of the playing area of a football pitch disappeared when flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in a north easterly direction.

Those with inadequate geographical ought to consider the following:

The aircraft was to cross the South China Sea, briefly touch Vietnam and then move into Chinese airspace in the north Asia-Pacific region. The journey ought to have been completed within 4 hours in Beijing.

Some 2 years hence, unconfirmed reports say that the odd pieces of the aircraft have been found some 4500 km off the known course of the plane in the exact opposite direction.

If this grannies’ tale is to be taken at face value, one also has to be believe the aircraft that ought to have been on the radars of Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, NATO’s Diego Garcia naval base, Seychelles, Madagascar, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Mozambique. Since none of them reported sighting it, MH370 is supposed to have been miraculously invisible on 15 nations’ radar screens like a ghastly ghost of an imaginary artful dodger.

All the while, its black boxes would have been transmitting signals – with or without power as their batteries would have been activated – immediately after the plane sank in water for a full 30 days – if that had ever happened.

On April 14 – 2014, the MH370 mystery had been somewhat permanently unravelled in my blogs.

The same nation’s aircraft – MH 17 had been shot down in Ukraine’s airspace a few months later.

The world at large is still debating as to who actually shot it down.

The death toll from the two inexplicable events are well over 500!

These details had been revealed in my Google Blogspot. They have been removed with the knowledge of the wonderful supporter of press freedom Sundar Pichai, the India-born American who heads Google. I am yet to be told exactly why.

If readers consider that to be another mystery, well, they are welcome to. A new suspense to start the week would keep the brain alert!