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Is there a link between Pakistan and the latest New Delhi Bombing?

Interesting Article: The New Delhi Bombing: Is There a Pakistani Link? By Omar Waraich / Islamabad published Wednesday, Sept. 07, 2011


Is there a pakistani link to the latest act of terror that took place in Delhi, India on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 10:14 outside Gate No. 5 of the Delhi High Court? Interestingly enough, Omar Waraich for Time World, recently wrote a great news piece in which he highlighted a little known organization by the name of Harakat ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI), which had claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. HuJI started their operations in 1984 led by Fazalur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Akhtar, as the first Pakistan-based jihadist group to fight the soviet occupation of Afghanistan. After the fall of the soviet occupation, HuJI exported their know-how in combat to Jammu and Kashmir and continued jihadist operations in Pakistan. In fact, in 1995 the group was connected with jihadist elements in Pakistan's Army, so much so that HuJI's leader at the time-Saifullah Akhtar- was named and implicated in a plot that was directed by islamist Army officers, Major General Zahirul Islam Abbasi and Bigadier Mustansar Billah, who at the time, wanted to remove Benazir Bhutto, eliminate the top military and civilian leadership and establish an Islamic dictatorship in the country. The most recent operational leader of HuJI was Ilyas Kashmiri, Kashmiri hailed from the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and he became a member of the elite Pakistani Special Service Group where he was an active participant in the 1980s Soviet-Afghan War, training the Afghan mujahideen in mine warfare in Miranshah on behalf of Pakistan. He continued his militant activities in Kashmir and after the war, joined HuJI, but because of disagreements with the leader (Qari Saifullah Akhtar) in 1991 he established his own new unit within HuJI known as the 313 Brigade. Kashmiri was reportedly killed in a U.S. Predator drone strike in South Waziristan on June 4, 2011. It was a significant loss for HuJI at the time. According to the writer it is suspected that the bombings were revenge for his death and also the announcement on September 5, 2011 that Sheikh Younis al Mauritani and two other senior Al Qaeda operatives, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara Al Shami (Mujahid Amino), were captured in the southwestern city of Quetta in a joint raid carried out by the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI), the military's intelligence service, and the Frontier Corps Balochistan. The arrests were conducted with the technical assistance of the United States Intelligence Agencies. Last year al Mauritani, who was previously an unknown figure, jumped into the spotlight after he was identified as directing a plot by al Qaeda to attack multiple targets in Europe in a Mumbai-like terror assault. Mauritani is a senior member of al Qaeda's external operations council. Al Mauritania, Adnan el Shukrijuma, and Ilyas Kashmiri were believed to be the senior-most members of the external operations council.  Members of various terror groups allied with al Qaeda in the past couple of years, including HuJI and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM),  who work with al Qaeda's external operations committee and shares a safe haven in northern Pakistan. This alliance allows al Qaeda to regenerate its external operations network despite being heavily targeted by the covert US air campaign in the tribal areas. What was once Taliban sympathy in Afghanistan has now become 'Pakistan-Tribal' area's sympathy to foster these groups. Pakistan ISI for many years have had a casual relationship with extremist groups, certain elements within ISI are extremely paranoid that a stable Afghanistan is a 'pro-Indian Afghanistan', and a stable India is much greater threat to Pakistani national security than one that is unstable. Based on the historical and current connections of ISI and certain radical elements in Pakistan, I think it is safe to say that there is a pakistani link between the New Delhi bombing and the terror organizations operating out of Pakistan.

References:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13653324
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/LB13Df03.html
Pakistani forces capture senior al Qaeda leader Younis al Mauritani in Quetta By Bill Roggio:
http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/09/pakistani_forces_cap.php#ixzz1XNAv96un
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2092252,00.html?iid=pf-main-mostpop1
Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam by Zahid Hussain, Columbia University Press, 2007, page 52.
Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam by Zahid Hussain, Columbia University Press, 2007, page 72.
Frontline Pakistan: The Struggle with Militant Islam by Zahid Hussain, Columbia University Press, 2007, page 71.
Sudha Ramachandran. 'PART 2: Behind the Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami' Asia Times Online, December 10, 2004
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