The arrest of Rajendra Chaudhary allegedly for planting bombs in Samjhauta Express, during Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik's visit to India has exposed the ugly symbiosis between bilateral ministerial visits between India and Pakistan, and new conspiracy theories on “Hindu Terror”.
The Samjhauta Express blasts of 18 February 2007, the plot around which the narrative of Hindu Terror is being scripted, had preceded the visit to India by the then foreign minister of Pakistan Kurshid Mahmud Kasuri.
The timing of the blast was significant and the involvement of terror groups in Pakistan to derail Kasuri’s visit was almost obvious. This was later vindicated by US Department of Treasury Press Note in July 2009 which specifically blamed Arif Qasmani, Karachi-based businessman, for involvement in the blasts.
Qasmani was later caught by Pakistani authorities for two-timing ISI and Pakistan Taliban. He, at one time, was one of the main financers and coordinators of Laskar-e-Toiba and also had close links with Al-Qaeda.
David Headley’s involvement in the Samjhauta blasts was revealed to US authorities by none other than his former Moroccan wife Faujia Outlaha. The same has been corroborated by Wikileaks as well.
The NIA to perpetuate the poorly cultivated myth of Hindu Terror has refused to divulge Headley’s interrogation details in the court.
Again in a run up to then Indian foreign minister S M Krishna’s visit to Pakistan in early September this year, supplementary charge sheets in respect of Rajendra Chouhan and one more suspect was filed in Panchkula Court. This was also in the backdrop of the explosive disclosures by Abu Jindal on 26/11. It betrays the desperation by the Indian establishment to balance 26/11 and Samjhauta blasts.
In equating the two and in repudiating Abu Jindal, Rehman Malik was probably echoing the script, co-scripted by vested interests in India having abiding faith in the shared destinies of the two countries and lordship of the West.
There is little doubt amongst majority of Indians that the ISI masterminds, who unleashed the terrorists on Mumbai on 26/11, had very carefully choreographed the entire attack in a manner so that it could be labeled as ‘Hindu Terror’.
All the ten terrorists, who participated in the attack, had saffron wristbands (maulis). Abu Jindal, an Indian, one of the key masterminds of the attack, who was part of the control room in Pakistan during the attack, has categorically stated during his interrogation that his group, the Lashkar-e-Taiba at the behest of the ISI had carefully planned to make the Mumbai attacks appear as a handiwork of Hindu radicals. He was deported by Saudi Arabian authorities to India in June 2012.
The terrorists were also provided fake IDs bearing Hindu names. They were painstakingly taught Hindi by none other than Abu Jindal, who holds an MA degree in the language. Further, Jindal has also revealed that the plan was to portray the perpetrators of terrorist attack as Hindus, out to avenge Hemant Karkare’s drive against ‘Hindu Terrorism’.
Image: This February 19, 2007 photo shows the charred bogies of the Samjhauta Express at Panipat.