15 November 2015

Paris attack could be the handiwork of Pakistan-based terror groups

How is the Paris terror strikes related to the Mumbai attack staged by Pakistan?

There are striking similarities between the two and it is quite possible that the master-minds of the two were the same. The ISIS has laid claim for the Paris terror strikes, but it carries the hall-marks of alquaida more. The alquaida is based in Pakistan where its leader Osama Bin Laden was found in a safe house of the Pakistan army and assassinated by the US commandos. Mulla Omar recently died a peaceful death in a similar safe house in Karachi. Both were in cahoots with the Pakistani army and ISI as also their non-state actors like Lashkar-e-Toiba headed by Hafiz Saed, the international terrorist on whose head the US has placed a 10 million dollar bounty. Hafiz Saed master-minded the Mumbai attack in which over a hundred people including American citizens were killed. Hafiz Saed is a hero in Pakistan for successfully carrying out this attack and has been provided the protection of the Pakistan army to keep him safe from the US who could do a rerun of Osama Bin Laden on him and also from bounty hunters. The Lashkar-e-Toiba has also declared its support to the Caliphate founded by the IS and has been sending hundreds of its trained commandos to support the IS in the Iraq-Syrian war against the US. Interestingly, the caliphate declared by the IS also includes Afghanistan and Pakistan in its territorial jurisdiction.

The alquaida, ISI, Lashkar-e-Toiba all converge in Pakistan, and they have perfected the strategy of a small band of well-trained, well-motivated, well-armed Islamic jihadists attacking an enemy in a foreign territory. This strategy was very successfully implemented in Mumbai. The Paris terror attacks has clear parallels to Mumbai, and therefore it is quite possible that it is actually an alquaida operation and not an ISIS operation, even though the latter has claimed it as its own.

The ISIS and alquaida are actually rival organizations, with ISIS having eclipsed the alquaida by its spectacular successes in its war against the US and its success in holding on to territory on which it has declared the Islamic caliphate, a long cherished dream of all Muslims. This has helped it to attract Muslims from all over the world including countries like Britain, France, Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The alquaida could have carried out the Paris attack to reclaim the jihadi upper-hand over the ISIS.

Also the Paris attack does not fit in with the style of operation of ISIS which has so far mostly confined its activities with the territories it holds, ie its caliphate, and has rarely ventured to attack targets outside Syria-Iraq. International terrorism is more in line with the strategy of the Pakistan-based alquaida, ISI and the various non-state arms of the Pakistani army such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Haqqani network and the Jamat-e-Islami.


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