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December 8, 2008
Pakistan raids Kashmir camp linked to Mumbai attacks

Pakistani police officials led a surprise raid on a camp affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group believed to have been behind the recent attacks in Mumbai. About a dozen were arrested.

U.S. aid packages to Pakistan may soon depend on Pakistan’s effectiveness in fighting terrorism, according to The New York Times. On both Sunday and Monday, suspected militants attacked NATO supply depots in Peshawar.

Ahmad Kamal, a former Pakistani ambassador to the United Nations, speaks with Martin Savidge about these developments.

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#18

i really feel bad 4 those muslums that had went threw stuff and had 2 go 2 pakistan thats not fair at all because i’m 13 and go 2 sarah banks middle school and i have a lot 2 say about this because im doing a report and that maid me feel really sad inside they have so much pain thats why its so easy to just shoot somebody i really can sort of feel the pain because its like slaves back in the day they do these things 4 no reason everybody should be happy are this world is just going to be destroyed

#17

With each passing day, suspicions of a Pakistani link to the slaughter of 174 people, including six Americans, in Mumbai grow stronger — and more plausible. A captured terrorist has reportedly confessed to Indian officials that he received training in Pakistan from Lashkar-i-Taiba, a guerrilla organization that was nurtured by Pakistani military intelligence to fight India in the disputed Kashmir region.

All the coverage in the US press points to a Pakistani hand (http://www.atomicreader.com/t/mumbai-terror-attacks/) and yet the Pakistani government and it’s surrogates keep on spouting such nonsense instead of working with the Indian authorities in good faith.

#16

To Mr.Savidge
Your journalism style leaves lot to desire. I am used to watch BBC World news and frankly speaking world focus is not BBC, your style of journalism reminded me that you don’t represent BBC. BBC would never ever done such a one sided bious interview as you have done with Mr. Ahmad Kamal. How dare you, allowed Mr. Kamal to talk about Indian Muslims when Muslims in his own country even far worse off than they are in India. Pakisthan is the country encouraging their childen to be educated in Madrasa and their women folks under vail in the name of religion, while leaders themselves don’t practice those. Here you gave him the platform to speak in front of wider audience, whole bunch of lies and anti India propaganda. I don’t believe you have any idea that there are non muslims still leaves in Pakisthan. Even if you ask, I bet Mr. Kamal would not even talk about them. You should have courtesey at least to allow a Indian diplomat to voice their opinion.

#15

To Mr.Savidge
Your journalism style leaves lot to desire. I am used to watch BBC World news and frankly speaking world focus is not BBC, your style of journalism reminded me that you don’t represent BBC. BBC would never ever done such a one sided bious interview as you have done with Mr. Ahmad Kamal. How dare you,allowed Mr. Kamal talk about Indian Muslims when Muslims in his own country even far worse off than they are in India. Pakisthan is the country encouraging their childen to be educated in Madrasa and their women folks under vial in the name of religion, while leaders themselves don’t practice those. Here you gave him the platform to speak in front of wider audience, whole bunch of lies and anti India propaganda. I don’t believe you have any idea that there are non muslims still leaves in Pakisthan. Even if you ask I bet Mr. Kamal would not even talk about them. You should have courtesey at least to allow a Indian diplomat to voice their opinion.

#14

Pakistan would be the last country on earth to talk about democracy. The only ingenuity they have displayed is in promoting and harboring terrorists. It does not surprise me that Pakistani government machinery would promote terrorist propaganda’s. What surprises me is that CPTV promoted this on prime-time!. Public cherish the independent and balanced view on your network. Please do not sell your identity… Honor your promise to the public.

#13

FYI Mr. Savidge:

At the time of independence the population of Pakistan consisted of 20% Hindus. Now it is less than 1%. All driven out by the mad mullahs and the politics of Pakistan.

At the same time Indian Muslim population has gone up to 14% from 10%.

If Pakistan is such a great haven for Muslims why then are Pakistanis leaving its shore in droves (by any which way they can) to live in white modern countries especially America?

Is it because America coddles them?

Americans are playing with fire.

Anand V rao

#12

Mr. Savidge:

You invited AMBASSADOR AHMAD KAMAL of Pakistan twice to air his views on the Mumbai incident. I don’t know whether you invited any Indian diplomats or policy makers. If you did and they refused to participate, please say so.

India and Pakistan got independence at the same time (August 1947). India has remained a democracy while Pakistan has had military rulers over half of its existence. America champions democracy around the world and yet coddles third world despots, including the uniformed men in Pakistan. You never asked the Pakistani diplomat when he said that “the Indian Muslims are treated as second class citizens and also he referred to the root cause of violence as Kashmir.”

For your information:

– Some of the most successful and popular movie actors, singers and producers in Bollywood are Muslims.
– The past president was and the current vice president of India is a Muslim.
– There are writers (Salman Rushdie), painters, politicians, highly successful heads of companies (Aziz Premji of Wipro) and other Indian Muslims.
– It was Pakistani refusal to accept the win of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman of Awami League in a democratic election that led to the war and creation of Bangladesh.
– Can you name a high profile non-Muslim politician, writer, movie actor, painter in Pakistan?
– Can a non-Muslim become the president of Pakistan or even a vice-president, prime minister etc.
– INSTEAD OF CODDLING PAKISTAN WHY DON’T YOU ASK HARD QUESTIONS?

Anand V Rao
17 Stuyvesant Oval #2F
New York NY 10009

#11

I was disapppointed with the Mr. Kamal’s false unchallenged propoganda for terrorists. He mentioned that 160 millions in India are trated as 2nd rate citizens in India. In fact, one of the richest man in India is Mr. Premji. India had several Muslim presidents including Dr. Abdul Kalam. In fact Indian politicians go out of the way pandering to Muslims for their votes. They also organize and pay for Haj pilgrimage to Muslims. They don’t give such privileges to Hindus and Christians. What is going in Pakistan is totally outrageous. In fact, at the time of partttion (1947) there were approximately 25% Hindus living in Pakistan. Now it is less than 3%. This is due to the government sponsored ethnic cleanising in Pakistan. Please do not air one sided false propaganda from Pakistani diplomats. Thanks.

#10

As I watched Mr Kamal’s interview on Worldfocus,I could not believe those words were coming from a former high-ranking official of the Pakistani state. Or maybe,I should. His explanation of the recent terrorist attacks in India was nothing more than a veiled apology for these barbaric acts and their perpetrators.So, Kashmir,the disfrenchsiment and unequal treatment of muslims are basis for the cold-blooded killing of innocent civilians? Unfortunately,this twisted view of settling scores through revenge and violent jihad enjoys a lot of support not only in Pakistan, but in the Islamic world in general. I’m sure Mr Kamal knows that non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan (Christians,Hindus,Budhists) face a lot more segregation and hostility than do muslims in India,however we never hear of terror acts commited by members of these communities against ther fellow Pakistanis. Sadly,the host,Mr Savage failed to make this argument to the former Pakistani ambassador. I believe tha day that Pakistanis take to the streets in outrage against their jihadists and mentors, with the same fervor they did against the Danish cartoons,their country will cease to be a breeding ground of terrorism, and maybe peace between them and India will be a reality.

#9

mr A Kamal justifies terrorist act in mumbai ecause of ROOT cause problem namely Kashmir and no two Muslims in india being treated as second class citizens. let him aswer how many hindus were in pakistan at time of independence and ho many are left ( both actual count and also % of poppultion and let him tell how many muslims were in In dia at the time independece and now ( both actual no and also% of the poppultion.his argument muslim populated state should go to pakistan with muyslim majority . tomorrow he will claim afganistan because it has a muslim majority. Malasia should fight for two privinces if thailand which has a muslim population which want to join Malasia with a muslim majority.so also sothern Philipines sould join ( because of muslim majority) with indonesia.one can give many examples. one time pakistan and some other countries used TO FREEDOM FIGHTERS are dffernt from terrorists that has been no longer considered by most countries any one who kills innocent person whatever the cause is a terrorist. He is kind of EXPERT who tomorrow going to say all the evidence India produces is planted or cannot be substancitedby Pakistan authority
Iam sure the hindus and christians in pakistan are worse than what he called indian muslimsas second class ciizens

#8

Only root cause there is that Pakistan is a schizophrenic country.
Pakistani actually believe that Jinnah was assassinated by a Hindu
when he died of TB & Cancer.

Why would WNET broadcast this filth in the name of information.
We already know what kind of mind set Pakistanis believe.
Time for Indian to stop giving any money to PBS. That is what
the jews would do. They would never broadcast this kind of crap
against Israel.

#7

Terrorist activity has a root cause in Kashmir and Muslim suppression alleges Ahmad Kamal.

What about Shia Sunni infighting going on within Pakistan?

These divide and rule mongers keep looking for some excuse or other to incite hatred and violence. Media must stop talking to such persons.

#6

Mr Kamal’s comments about muslims being treated as second class citizens in India are baseless. Muslims in India have equal rights with any other citizen. They are in businesses, in Government, in many high positions. Many of the muslim artists and scholars enjoy equally high respect in Indian society as the non-muslims do. In last 60 years there have been 3 muslim Presidents. Has a single minority candidate been in such a high position in Pakistan? Tell me who is treating its minority as second class? India or Pakistan?

Talking about sympathy towards Kashmiris and muslims, Mr Kamal you might be well aware that hundreds of thousands of non-muslims have been killed or converted or driven out of Kashmir by the local muslims aided by Pakistani militants enjoying the protection of ISI. They did not even spare the non muslim pilgrims. Don’t you have a word of sympathy for those non-muslims whose businesses were looted, houses robbed or families killed?

#5

I made the mistake of assuming that since the speaker was a UN ambassador he would speak intelligently. He claims the root cause has to be solved… how does he want to solve it? How can Pakistan which was a country created on the basis of religion claim right over Kashmir which has people of more than one religion,

#4

Mr. Ahmad Kamal was a major embarrassment to the human race today on World Focus and thank you Mr. Martin Savage for asking him whether he is justifying the barbaric acts of terrorists from Pakistan in Mumbai. Mr. Kamal has a one track mindset on the Kashmir issue. Kashmir was not part of the equation in the birth of India and Pakistan when the Indian leaders fought and won independence from the British. Kashmir was a kingdom that belonged to a Hindu Maharaja just like all the other princely states and just like all the other royalty, the Kashmir Maharaja acceded the Kingdom to secular India because he knew Kashmir was a place where the Hindus and Muslims lived in harmony and that India will ensure the rights of both the people of Kashmir and more importantly protect the culture. India has time and time again tried to thwart the problems caused by cross border terrorism and to develop the economy of Kashmir and conduct free and fair elections on a regular basis and there is a big difference between the Pakistan administered Kashmir, which is a breeding ground for terrorists and the Indian occupied Kashmir which is a thriving economy which unfortunately due to the dangerous surroundings has a large army presence to protect the people of Kashmir from the terrorists. Mr. Kamal is in denial that his country has been consumed by the cancer of terrorism which is metastasizing all around the world and causing senseless loss of life and most of it has nothing to do with Kashmir. Was 911 the reason for Kashmir or was the London bombing in the tube due to Kashmir. I hope Mr. Savage realizes that Mr. Kamal is a pitiful excuse for a human being and should never be allowed to express his highly prejudiced opinion. He is not a scholar or a learned person who can give a balanced view, he was a former UN Ambassador for Pakistan and as such his views are biased and unbalanced. Finally, both India and Pakistan received their independence 60 years ago and just see the progress made by India and the sate in which Pakistan finds itself, addicted to foreign aid and passing around a begging bowl. The major source of Pakistan’s income comes from working in the middle east and the only way some youth can find jobs is in the terrorism and drug business.

#3

Mr. Kamal did not tell the truth. Kashmis was first attacked by Pakistan in 1948 and Kashmiri king Mr. Hari Singh joined India and India sent army and Indian and Pakistani armies stopped at where it is call now line of control.
India had three muslim Presidents and present Vice President of India is also a muslim. There has been no non-muslim President or high official in Pakistan. In 1947, Pakistan had about 30% non-muslims whereas the rate is about 3% now. Muslims from India do not want to go to Pakistan, rathee muslims (including terrorists) want to come to India. If India had treated her muslim population as second class citizen, there would not be so many muslims in India.
Why do you invite a person like Mr. Kamal who does not speak the truth rather spread lies and sympathesizes with the terrorists?

#2

If Kashmir is the issue then why were these terrorists specifically targeting Europeans, US and Israelis? What did Israelis do to them? For once, just condemn and clean up these acts instead of sympathizing.
With all due respect Mr. Ahmad Kamal please try to see the reason inside Pakistan, instead of pointing fingers at US, India and Israel. It is the breeding of hate that has resulted in such a chaos. This attitude of denial will not work and is not helpful for Pakistan as well. Secondly, the Muslims in India do not need your help. It is people like you who try to create a divide by making such statements, but we are not stupid.
India, Pakistan and China are to be blamed for the Kashmir issue. All these three countries have occupied a piece of Kashmir and are flexing their muscles in this region. You are also forgetting that there are about 40% of Kashmir’s that are moderate Muslims and non-Muslims and for sure would not like to consider them as a part of an Islamic republic.

#1

Its highly disturbing to see CPTV allow a terrorist propaganda being broadcasted, without counter view point being presented in the same session. Mr Kamal stopped just short of justifying Lashkar-e-taiba’s attacks by providing moral or sociological justifications of their actions. Should organizations like LET start killing 180 people for every dispute in this world, human-kind will no longer will exist.
View and counter-view should be presented to keep the broadcast balanced.

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