As India Wednesday marked the sixth anniversary of the Mumbai attacks, very few people in the world know that the international precursors of the terrorist outfit that plunged India’s commercial capitat into blood and mayhem were basically Salafists who staged a militant revolt against the House of Saud in Mecca and killed former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat.
A former contributing writer to the New York Times and fellowship winner at Harvard University, Arif Jamal, in his book CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL JIHAD: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014 meticulously researched the inner workings of a transnational jihadi organization that firmly believes in Ghazwa-i-Hind, a so-called prophesy of Islam’s messenger Prophet Muhammad that a war against India is must before doomsday.
Arif Jamal writes that India’s prime minister had bluntly told his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gillani that the attack on Mumbai was launched from Karachi and asked him to send the chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha to India to help with the investigations. Pakistan army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez kayani “after consulting fellow generals” gave the go-ahead to the visit to India by the chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen Pasha.
“The Prime Minister’s Office announced the decision (of sending Pasha to India) within hours of the request from the Indian prime minister. However, within hours the government retrated the offer. In the late evening, a spokesman for the prime minister’s house said that, ‘a representative of the ISI would visit India, instead of the director-general of the agency., to help in the Mumbai terrorist attack investigation.’ The Pakistani generals, on second thoughts, must have realized the consequences of the ISI chief’s visit to India.” What Arif jamal implies is that the Pakistani generals would have been caught pants down.
Arif Jamal writes that as Pakistan retracted the offer to send the ISI director general to India, the government of Pakkistan and Pakistani media also went into a state of self denial. “Investigative journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who was later believed to have been killed by the ISI for his writings, reported that soon after the Mumbai attacks the Pakistani military gave the Pakistani media ‘directives to label the Mumbai attack a conspiracy hatched by India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Israel’s Mossad and the U.S.’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to tighten the noose around Pakistan.”
Arif Jamal says that for more than a month Islamabad denied that Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor in the Mumbai attack, belonged to Pakistan. Finally, information minister Sherry Rehman accepted Kasab’s nationality as Pakistani on January 7, 2009, 48 hours after India handed over a 69-page dossier with damning evidence to Pakistan.
Other eminent scholars in the field have highly praised Arif Jamal’s seminal work.
“Arif Jamal brings to light little known facts about the dangers to global security posed by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba in this unusual book on the group’s ongoing transnational jihad and the ideology behind it,” says former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani.
Haqqani, who like Arif Jamal escaped almost certain death at the hands of Pakistan’s infamous Inter- Services Intelligence, for his alleged role in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, adds, “Backed by impeccable research, the book shows that terrorism in the name of Islam is far from over and demonstrates the risks of ignoring Al-Aqaeda’s South Asian cousin. Jamal’s findings and analysis deserve attention of all those interested in the origins and expansion of global jihadi terrorism.”
According to S. Paul Kapur, professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, “The book will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about Lashkar-i-Taiba and militancy in South Asia.:
Arif Jamal, who enjoys the reputation of being one of the few Punjabi writers opposed to the Pakistan military and ISI, has dedicated the book to, “The victims of Islamist terrorism in Pakistan, India, and beyond, and those who fight it.”
Earlier, Arif Jamal penned the book SHADOW WAR: The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir.