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Friday, February 3, 2012

Mani Shankar encounters Pak Jihadi hatred - First Post article

Appeasement and Vote politics has dominated Indian politicians and an incident of a frontline politician  sharing the podium in Pakistan stands widely reported.

Sure you have heard of  Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Indian diplomat turned politician. He is a member of the Indian National Congress party and was a part of first (2004–2009) Cabinet of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh He has served as the Union Minister of Panchayati Raj until he lost his seat in the 2009 Election. He served as the Union Cabinet Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas from May 2004 through January 2006 and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports till 2009. He represented the Mayiladuthurai constituency of Tamil Nadu in the 14th Lok Sabha.

He was confronted on India being given Most favoured Nation status, on Kashmir issue and told that our Nation had never seriously tried to resolve problems".

Aiyar, currently on a private visit to Pakistan, responded to this by saying that Saeed was part of a "small group" that opposed better ties with India while ordinary people wanted relations between the two countries to grow.  The Saeed referred is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed the amir of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah,a charity organization that is widely considered to be a cover organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), one of the largest and most active militant Islamic organizations in South Asia, operating mainly from Pakistan. India considers him one of its most wanted terrorists because of his alleged ties with Lashkar-e-Taiba and his involvement in attacks against India.  The United Nations declared Jama'at-ud-Da'wah a terrorist organization in December 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader.  After the July 11, 2006 Mumbai train bombings, the provincial government of Punjab, Pakistan arrested him on August 9, 2006 and kept him under house arrest but he was released on August 28, 2006 after a Lahore High Court order. He was arrested again on the same day by the provincial government and was kept in the Canal Rest House in Sheikhupura. He was finally released after the Lahore High Court order on October 17, 2006. After the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, India submitted a formal request to the U.N. Security Council to put the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on the list of individuals and organizations sanctioned by the United Nations for association with terrorism. It accused the organization and its leader, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, of being virtually interchangeable with Lashkar-e-Taiba. India said that the close links between the organizations, as well as the 2,500 offices and 11 seminaries that Jamaat-ud-Dawa maintains in Pakistan, "are of immediate concern with regard to their efforts to mobilize and orchestrate terrorist activities.

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Here is an interesting article that is published in First : 

Mani Shankar Aiyar’s rude intro to Pak jihadi hatred
Venky Vembu Feb 3, 2012

Mani Shankar Aiyar, who wears his bleeding heart liberalism for all things Pakistan on his sleeve, found himself in a combative situation with an unlikely panelist when he appeared as the guest of a television channel in Islamabad on Thursday.

Currently on a private visit to Pakistan, Aiyar perhaps reckoned it would be sweetness and sunshine all the way, given his reputation as a “friend of Pakistan”. But he had not counted on the fact that the host of the news program would invite Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who founded the Lashkar-e-Taiba and masterminded the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack (and now heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which fronts for the baned LeT) to be his fellow panelist.

If that visibly bothered him, Saeed’s hate-filled rantings against India rankled even more. Saeed said that he disfavoured the grant of Most Favoured Nation trading status to India, given that there many unresolved issues between the two countries, including – ahem! – Kashmir. Saeed then accused India of not being serious about resolving problems with Pakistan – and said that Indians in general were reluctant to acknowledge the very existence of Pakistan.

Aiyar counterjected to claim that he accepted Pakistan “one lakh per cent”. Even that mathematical stretch didn’t seem adequate, so Aiyar said India did not want Pakistan to be split up or be destroyed. “We want Pakistan to be strong, prosperous and we want friendship with Pakistan. We want to face the world shoulder-to-shoulder with Pakistan and not oppose each other.”

Aiyar then claimed that Saeed was part of a “small group” that opposed better ties with India, whereas in fact ordinary people in Pakistan wanted relations between the two countries to grow.

“There are,” he said, “some persons like Hafiz Saeed in our country who do not want things to move forward but thankfully the ordinary people want our ties to improve. We can improve our relations irrespective of what his (Saeed’s) opinion is.”

But the point, Mr Aiyar, is that those who oppose normalisation of relations with Pakistan have a very small expectation of Pakistan: stop sending terrorists into India and setting off bombs in our cities. Give up your blood lust for Kashmir, and your patronage of jihadi snakes that are now turning on their own masters in Pakistan.

And unlike Saeed, those in India who want normalisation of relations to be put off until Pakistan meets these elementary conditions don’t, in the meantime, send suicide bombers to be blown up in Pakistani cities.

Your equating of Saeed with those in India who disfavour normalisation of relations with Pakistan until it renounces sponsorship of jihadi violence is thus patently absurd. It is precisely because of people like Saeed that peace talks with Pakistan don’t make any sense.

And unlike Saeed, who enjoys state patronage even as he conducts his terror campaigns in Pakistan, those in India who oppose bleeding-heart peacenik normalisation with Pakistan of the sorts you seek don’t enjoy state patronage – and are in fact perennially vilified (including by you).
Perhaps now that you’ve seen the enemy, tugged at his beard and experienced first-hand the depths of his jihadi hatred, you’ll feel differently about those who don’t exactly share your “one lakh percent” ebulliance about pandering to Pakistan.


  1. Shame on you Manishankar and Congress - What was the purpose of the visit. Does he hold any bank accounts there - Chidambaram

  2. This man promised to turn Mayiladuthurai to Singapore and ran away - filthy are his ways - Mani

  3. Very good article - Soon Chidambaram would find the law extending its arm to him and his bosses - Raja