This is a scanned copy of the 69-page dossier of material stemming from the ongoing investigation into the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26-29, 2008 that was handed over by India to Pakistan on January 5, 2009.
Life is trying to return to normal in Mumbai. But will all be the same as before… will this event be forgotten as if nothing had happened.
Mumbai attack has definitely left behind lot of bitterness, lot of unanswered questions, and lot of fear. People are no longer taking politicians on face value. They are not accepting pittance for the untimely death of their loved ones. They are no longer accepting condolences but demanding action and answers. Politicians responsible for Mumbai’s security have resigned. But is that enough for an answer?
“But after these recent attacks, people are saying let’s not pretend everything’s all right. We don’t need to make a show of the Mumbai spirit when what we need now is to make sure this will not be forgotten, all will not be normal again.”
India was warned by its own intelligence as well United States. Even before United States Secretary of States, Condoleezza Rice, reached in India, former candidate for Presidency of US, John Mc Cain, has arrived in Delhi to empathise with India. John McCain along with two other senators, Joe Libermann and Lindsey Graham, will be in Pakistan this weekend.
President-elect Barack Obama along with his family has also sent his clear message of support to India.
Pakistan has blocked access to the YouTube so that Pakistanis cannot watch an unidentified clip that is considered offensive to Islam. In the process, they made technical mistakes, and YouTube suffered a global blackout. Here are some reactions from the subcontinent.
Rashid Qureshi, the spokesman for Pervez Musharraf: We have every right to protect the ignorance of Pakistani people from the propaganda that is disseminated through low grade short clips on YouTube. Propaganda is the job of our government, and we do not need any help from foreign powers like YouTube. It is not a censorship: our media is free to show occasional assassinations, daily bombing, videos made by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, pirated movies from Hollywood. This clip on YouTube poses the greatest threat to the current stability and peace of Pakistan. We would do anything to keep the peace: burn embassies, dissolve judiciary and parliament, and impose martial law.
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Since I wrote last email, primaries in US has heated up. Democratic race is tighter than ever: Hillary Clinton, the presumptive front runner, is now behind the new comer Obama. On the Republican side, McCain has all but captured the nomination. All other major players have dropped out steadily and silently. Of course, no election season is complete without a few juicy scandals, a few skeletons dragged out of the closet. The latest round goes to McCain: his alleged affair with a lobbyist reported by NYT.