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    Lashkar's global role.

    A very damaging interview. If details are to be belived it seems even after 9/11 Pakistan army was supporting Lashkar e Toiba.

    Reuters AlertNet - INTERVIEW-French magistrate details Lashkar's global role

    INTERVIEW-French magistrate details Lashkar's global role
    13 Nov 2009 09:41:49 GMT
    Source: Reuters

    </SPAN> By Myra MacDonald
    PARIS, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Pakistan's army once ran training camps for the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group with the apparent knowledge of the CIA, an example of complicity that raises questions about the current state of the nuclear-armed nation.
    So says former French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere, author of a new book that provides rare insight both into alleged past army support for the Lashkar-e-Taiba and to the group's connections to a global network linked to al Qaeda.
    The question of Pakistani military support for Islamist militants is crucial for the United States as it tries to work out how to stabilise the country and neighbouring Afghanistan.
    Bruguiere bases the information in his book on international terrorism, "Ce que je n'ai pas pu dire" ("What I could not say") on testimony given by jailed Frenchman Willy Brigitte, who spent 2-1/2 months in a Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp in 2001/2002.
    In an interview, Bruguiere said he was convinced Lashkar-e-Taiba, first set up to fight India in its part of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, had become part of an international network tied to al Qaeda.
    "Lashkar-e-Taiba is no longer a Pakistani movement with only a Kashmir political or military agenda. Lashkar-e-Taiba is a member of al Qaeda. Lashkar-e-Taiba has decided to expand violence worldwide," he told Reuters.
    He was "very, very anxious about the situation" in Pakistan, where militants are staging a series of bloody urban attacks to avenge a government offensive against their strongholds.
    "The problem right now is to know if the Pakistanis have sufficient power to control the situation," he said.
    The problem was also "to know if all the members of the military forces and the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence agency) are playing the same game. I am not sure," he added.
    Pakistan has long been accused of giving covert support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was blamed for last year's attack on Mumbai in which 166 people were killed. It denies the allegation and has banned the organisation.
    NEW FORM OF TERRORISM
    Bruguiere said he became aware of the changing nature of international terrorism while investigating attacks in Paris in the mid-1990s by the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA).
    These included an attempt to hijack a plane from Algiers to Paris in 1994 and crash it into the Eiffel Tower -- a forerunner of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks. The plane was diverted to Marseilles and stormed by French security forces.
    This new style of international terrorism was quite unlike militant groups he had investigated in the past, with their pyramidal structures and political objectives.
    "After 1994/1995, like viruses, all the groups have been spreading on a very large scale all over the world, in a horizontal way and even a random way," he said.
    An early encounter with Lashkar-e-Taiba came while he was investigating shoe-bomber Richard Reid, who tried to set off explosives on a transatlantic flight from Paris in 2001.
    This investigation led to a man, who Bruguiere said was the Lashkar-e-Taiba's representative in Paris, and who was suspected of helping Reid -- an accusation he denied. Bruguiere said the link to Reid was not proved in court.
    Brigitte, a Frenchman originally from France's Caribbean department of Guadeloupe, had gone to Pakistan shortly after Sept. 11 to try to reach Afghanistan. Unable to make it, he had been sent to a Lashkar centre outside Lahore. A man named Sajid Mir became his handler.
    "He quickly understood that Sajid belonged to the regular Pakistan army," wrote Bruguiere.
    After 1-1/2 months, he was taken with four other trainees, two British and two Americans, to a Lashkar camp in the hills in Punjab province. The Toyota pick-up which took them there passed through four army check-points without being stopped.
    During his 2-1/2 month stay at the camp, Bruguiere says, Brigitte realised the instructors were soldiers on detachment. Military supplies were dropped by army helicopters.
    Brigitte said he and other foreigners were forced four times to leave the camp and move further up into the hills to avoid being caught by CIA officers.
    They were believed to be checking if Pakistan had kept to a deal under which the Americans turned a blind eye to Lashkar camps in Punjab provided no foreigners were trained there.
    In return, Bruguiere said, Pakistan under then president Pervez Musharraf helped track down leaders of al Qaeda.
    "DOUBLE STANDARDS"
    Western countries were at the time accused by India of double standards in tolerating Pakistani support for Kashmir-focused organisations while pushing it to crack down on militant groups which threatened Western interests.
    Diplomats say that attitude has since changed, particularly after bombings in London in 2005 highlighted the risks of "home-grown terrorism" in Britain linked to militant groups based in Pakistan's Punjab province.
    After leaving the camp accompanied by Sajid, Brigitte was sent back to France.
    Sajid then ordered him to fly to Australia where he joined a cell later accused of plotting attacks there. Tipped off by French police, Brigitte was deported from Australia in 2003 and convicted by a French court of links to terrorism.
    Bruguiere said he had personally questioned Brigitte in the presence of his lawyer to check his testimony. Information provided by Brigitte was also cross-checked by French police based on mobile phone and e-mail traffic.
    Bruguiere went to Pakistan himself in 2006 as part of his investigations into the deaths of 11 Frenchmen in a bombing outside a hotel in Karachi in 2002.
    He stepped down as France's best-known counter-terrorism expert in 2007 and now represents the EU on the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program in Washington. (Editing by Bill Maclean and David Stamp

    #2
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    I wonder why indians govt and media have this propoganda mission against LeT yet they have not said a single word against TTP!!!
    For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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      #3
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      ^ if you read it you will realize it is not propoganda but clear evidence of collusion between Pak army and the terrorists of LeT.

      As the book states unambigously, the Europeans regretted not listening to Indians then and subsequently came around the hard way. Similarly the Pak government is now paying a huge price in terms of national identity, military & civilian lives for not listening to Indians then. Now the problem has become too big and a literal war inside Pakistan.

      That is why you should start paying attention to Indian government, media and whatever other sources instead of being in denial.

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        #4
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        ^^ Ya ya ya.. anything against Pakistan and posted by an indian is nothing but the truth...... truth which is now being called Indian version...

        ingredients are

        ISI
        PAKISTAN
        LeT
        Terrorism
        RAPE
        SCANDAL
        CRICKET
        For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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          #5
          Re: Lashkar's global role.

          ^ what part of this is Indian? and it is reported by Reuters.

          "So says former French investigating magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere, author of a new book that provides rare insight both into alleged past army support for the Lashkar-e-Taiba and to the group's connections to a global network linked to al Qaeda."

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            #6
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            Ya, here where i live, the news paper often have a heading like these

            ( if a Pakistani caught in a crime)

            A Pakistani has been caught for XYZ

            (if an Indian caught in a crime)

            An Asian has been held by security under the suspicion of XYZ

            now these newspaper didn't belong to India, but the 60% staff is from India and tells the reason why we had that kind of headlines all the time...
            For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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              #7
              Originally posted by hanibal View Post
              now these newspaper didn't belong to India, but the 60% staff is from India and tells the reason why we had that kind of headlines all the time...
              really? 60% of Reuters staff is from India? what are you smoking?

              the reason you see that kind of headlines all the time may be because it may be true? did you think about that possibility?

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                #8
                Originally posted by Jalaluddin View Post
                really? 60% of Reuters staff is from India? what are you smoking?

                the reason you see that kind of headlines all the time may be because it may be true? did you think about that possibility?

                Please get a glass of cold water and read my post again... does it says reuters? if not then comment otherwise you have proved yourself again
                For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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                  #9
                  Re: Lashkar's global role.

                  I have a slight cold - so I'll go for a warm beverage instead, if you don't mind.

                  Ok, now go up above and see what the source of this story is. It says Rauters news alert.

                  So do you have anything to say about this or just going to keep generalizing into baseless conspiracy theories such as 60% staff from India?

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                    #10
                    Re: Lashkar's global role.

                    ^^ Yawn.......
                    For Religion, we'll fight, kill & die but will never follow it, where's the fun in that!

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                      #11
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                      ^ good.

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