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Kabul bombing: Holbrooke refutes hallucinatory Indian accusations

March 4, 2010

By Moin Ansari | Rupee News 

  • U.S. Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said Tuesday last week’s terrorist attack in Kabul did not target Indians specifically
  • Speaking to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Mr. Holbrooke said: “I don’t accept the fact that this was an attack on an Indian facilitylike the embassy. Holbrooke
  • ”There were foreigners, non-Indian foreigners hurt. It was a soft target. Let’s not jump to conclusions.” Holbrooke
  • “I understand why everyone in Pakistan and everyone in India always focuses on the other. But please, let’s not draw a conclusion for which there’s no proof.” Holbrooke

WASHINGTON, March 3 (APP): U.S. Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said Tuesday last week’s terrorist attack in Kabul did not target Indians specifically and cautioned againt jumping to conclusions without any solid proof. “In regard to this attack, I don’t accept the fact that this was an attack on an Indian facility like the embassy. They were foreigners, non-Indian foreigners hurt. It was a soft target,” he told reporters at a Sate Department briefing.

“And let’s not jump to conclusions. I understand why everyone in Pakistan and everyone in India always focuses on the other. But please, let’s not draw a conclusion which for which there’s no proof,” Holbrooke stated, responding to a question which suggested that Indians based in Kabul were being targeted. APP

Mr. Holbrooke not only repudiated the accusations from Delhi, he also rebuffed the noises coming out of the pro-Indian intelligence agencies of the Northern Alliance.

Holbrooke’s remarks came after an Afghan official in Kabul alleged a Pakistan-based militant group’s link to the incident but did not provide any substantial evidence.

Speaking about the Obama Administration’s policy toward the South Asian region, the diplomat said Washington has good relations with both Islamabad and New Delhi.

“It is our view that it is in our national interest to improve relations with both countries (Pakistan and India), neither “ not at the expense of the other. It is not improved relations with one country is not at the expense of the other; on the contrary. We, by improving relations in both countries, we can move forward a general search for peace and stability in the region.”

“This policy really began in the year 2000 when President Clinton went to both countries, the first president to visit either country in 22 years since Jimmy Carter had gone in 1978. And since then, President Bush has done the same thing. And we will – this is the overriding approach we have to the issue. And that’s our starting point for the strategic overview of the region,” added the diplomat, who visited a number of key South and Central Asian countries over the past several days.

He said President Obama has said “we encourage any sort of dialogue between the two countries, and Afghanistan is not the core of the issue, but it is a part of the issue.”

Apart from security issues, water is a critical matter between the two South Asian countries.

“Water is a huge issue here, and increasingly on our trips, people in both countries talk about water – and overall security relationships.”APP

Obviously the Bharati (aka Indian) regime in Delhi was not only taken aback by the the US retort to exaggerated and hallucinatory accusations, Bharat was astonished at the tone of Mr. Holbrooke and surprised that this statement was made in a formal setting of the US Congress.

Indian officials have described as “absolutely incorrect” the statement by Washington’s AfPak envoy, Richard Holbrooke, that India was not the target of last week’s terrorist attack in Kabul.

The officials expressed surprise and even consternation at this assertion, which, they said, ignored the fact that the terrorists’ primary target was a building used by the Indian medical mission. The U.S. assessment, they said, also ran counter to what Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, has established so far. India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

As is normal Bharati practice, before the blood had not dried on the sidewalks of Kabul–the Bharati inflammatory and sensational press had already accused and convicted Pakistani outfits and Pakistani. A leaf falls in Bharat, and before on can say fake, the Bharatis blame Pakistan. this sort of knee jerk reaction has demoted Bharati credibility beyond repair. A Bharati spokesman, in typical fashion began throwing wild accusations.

On Tuesday, NSD spokesman Saeed Ansari told AP in Kabul that there was evidence Urdu-speaking Pakistanis from the Lashkar-e-Taiba had been involved in the attack and not the Afghan Taliban.

According to Indian officials, the NSD has established that the terrorists were indeed looking for Indians and had specific information about who was present, including NGO women from SEWA and a senior diplomat on secondment to the Afghan Interior Ministry. India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

After first blaming Pakistan, the Foreign Ministery of Bharat has now backtracked a bit. The first reaction was the usual Bharati mantra LeT, LeT LeT. Of course that organization does not exist. Now the Bharatis are fishing for answers and seeking out which outfit did the deed. The most obvious attackers are the Afghan Talibn who have claimed the attack. Of course Bharat does not want to accep that declaration, because it does jive iwth its policy to malign Pakistan for every bloodshed in South and West Asia.

For now, officials here are guarded about which Pakistan-based terrorist outfit might be involved. “Groups like the Haqqani network, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and LeT are all mixed up with one another,” an Indian official said on condition of anonymity. “What we know at present is only circumstantial but [things] should be clearer in a while,” said another official, adding, such are “the glorious uncertainties of barbarism.”India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

While the Bharatis now admit that there is only circumstantial evidence, the accusation has been made. Bharat has been placed in a precarious position, because the US has rejected the Bharati claim. Mr. Holbrooke’s accusations have a deeper meaning and are a true indication of the realpolitik in West Asia. There was a time when Pakistan could do no right. Now all baseless Bharati accusations are thrown into the dustbin of history.

Speaking to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, Mr. Holbrooke said: “I don’t accept the fact that this was an attack on an Indian facility… There were foreigners, non-Indian foreigners hurt. It was a soft target. Let’s not jump to conclusions.” He added: “I understand why everyone in Pakistan and everyone in India always focuses on the other. But please, let’s not draw a conclusion for which there’s no proof.”

The Delhi establishment is incapable of understanding that today it Bharat is considered part of the occupation forces. Delhi’s closeness with Mr. Karzai is not a plus for Delhi–it is a negative. Bharati politicians cannot fathom the fact the Mr. Karzai and his Norhtern Alliance cabal has no locus standii in Afghanistan–and Mr. Karzai is destined to seek asylum in Bharati very soon. He is a spent force incarcerated inside his Kabul Palace. He cannot venture outside Kabul. Delhi paints a target on itself when it supports Mr. Karzai or his coterie of puppets.

New Delhi, however, believes there is no room for doubt. “A huge bomb is detonated just outside the Indian medical mission. A terrorist walks in lobbying grenades and firing from room to room. He had prior knowledge about the occupants… If this is not an attack targeted on Indians, what can it be?” said a senior official. India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

Mr. Karzai often reads the script provided to him by Delhi. He has no credibility with the people of Afghanistan. When the US forces leave, his days in office will be fewer than the days Mr. Najibullah survived. Hopefully Mr. Karzai will not face the same fate–and will have enough sense to catch the first flight out to Delhi. Unlike Babarak Karmal, Mr. Karzai will not be able to go to Russia.

Indian officials also said the Afghans would not make an allegation of Pakistani involvement loosely. “From their point of view, this is a risky statement to make since their government is making overtures to Pakistan,” said an official. “So for their intel people to say the LeT was involved and that it has close ties with the ISI — obviously they are taking a huge risk and must have very good information.” India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

Kabul is one of the worlds most fortified capitals protected by ISAF, NATO and US forces. Hardened Marines and Blackwater/XE/Dynacorp mercenaries guard all entrances and exits. The Afghan Taliban have been raiding Kabul at will. This current attack does not auger well either for Bharat or for the occupation forces.

Afghan investigators have noted that last week’s terrorist attack was very different from the January 18 Taliban strike at the Faroshga mall in central Kabul. The gunmen had allowed Afghan shoppers to leave before training their fire on the security forces and destroying the building. In contrast, the Afghans guarding the Indian medical mission were the first to be shot dead by the terrorist who entered the compound following the huge explosion triggered outside. “The guards shouted ‘Don’t kill us, we’re Afghans’ but they were shot all the same,” an Indian official said. India upset with Holbrooke view on Kabul attack, SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN

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11 comments

  1. Typical Hindu fundamentalist style to keep playing off as the victims while them self has the largest anti-Pakistan terrorist organization in the world by the name of RAW. “Moh may Ram Ram, baghal may churri”.

    While reading this a question kept popping up in my mind. “Who the fxxx is Varadarajan!” Is this an actual name.”


    • 🙂


    • since when does any one in pakistan or India belive hooldrbroke ??


  2. i hate Geo……………..they are enemies of pakistan .


  3. Our forces need to be “ruthlessly active”

    Indians might retaliate.


  4. Indian backed northern alliance blames pakistan for the attack – a typical response after the indians alledged pakistan without any proof and their mian mithu from northern alliance utters the same word. Someone on this forum also accused pakistan and threatened a response will come soon from the rat army of RAW who only targets innocent people.
    READ THIS NEWS THE RAT ARMY HAS AMBUSHED AND TARGETED PAKISTANIS

    5 Pakistani workers killed in Afghanistan
    Submitted 16 hrs 46 mins ago
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    Five Pakistani construction workers have been shot dead in an ambush in southern Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
    Another Pakistani who was wounded in the ambush is in hospital, the senior doctor at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar city told AFP news agency.
    The workers were ambushed on their way to work, according to the governor of Kandahar’s Panjwayi district, Shah Baran.
    “The workers were on their way to Panjwayi district, where they work on a road construction project, when they were ambushed and these workers were killed,” Baran said.
    Abdul Satar, acting head of Mirwais hospital, said five bodies were brought in.
    “Gunmen ambushed them… and now five bodies and one injured Pakistani worker have been brought to our hospital,” he said.
    The Pakistanis were believed to have been working for a Japanese road construction firm, the name of which could not be immediately confirmed

    BANYA HINDU IS THE REAL TERRORIST THE EPICENTER OF TERRORISM MOTHER OF ALL TERRORIST INDIA


  5. Yes, “Varadarajan” is indeed a real name, just as Mohsin, Qadir or Akmal are…


    • Duh, you dont say..


  6. STATEMENT BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN RICHARD C HOLBROOKE
    March 5, 2010

    I regret any misunderstanding caused by my comments on the recent terrorist attack in Kabul, which claimed the lives of 6 Indians and at least ten citizens of other nations. I did not say Indians were not targeted, but that initially it looked like the target was not an official Indian facility. Early reports on events like this are often unreliable, and I try not to jump to conclusions. We all know that Indian citizens have and continue to be targeted by terrorists, including inside Afghanistan. My heart goes out to the families of all of the victims.

    The Afghan people and international community deeply appreciate the very substantial humanitarian and reconstruction assistance that India provides Afghanistan. The willingness of India to take risks and make sacrifices to help Afghanistan is testament to India’s commitment global peace and prosperity and a vital part of the international commitment to Afghanistan’s future.


    • Funny.Holbrooke speaking on behalf of Afghan people.


  7. My Pakistani as well as Indian brothers and sisters,

    Before you hurl another abuse or insult at each other, please imagine if there was no partition in 1947 or creation of Bangladesh in 1971, today a united India would have had roughly equal proportion of Hindus and Muslims, creating an equilibrium of power and stability… What’s more important that we could have been invested in improving our economy and social welfare creating a strong powerful nation at par with the likes of USA and China… Just think…

    To me it seems that every time we fight with each other, throw abuses and bombs at each other, the Western powers must be so happy to see their evil plan continue to succeed for over 60 years now… I wonder why most of us fail to see this simple reality, instead we keep listening to people who continue to spread racial and religious hatred, diverting our attention from the real issues facing both the countries, and whole of South Asia actually…



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