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Happy With My Job For Isis: Ny Attacker

By S Rajagopalan

Post US policy shift, Taliban could turn diabolical

By Sankar Ray

Terror in New York

The Hindu

Many ways to overcome tension and fear

By Swami Kriyananda

BJP should heed its Minority Morcha in Gujarat, give tickets to Muslim candidates too

By Renuka Bisht

US Shares Names Of 20 Terror Groups With Pak

By Daily Pioneer

Turkey: 39 Killed In Clashes Between Troops, Kurdish Rebels

By Daily Pioneer

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Modi, Trump Resolve to Fight Terror Together

By Daily Pioneer

Friday, 03 November 2017 | Pioneer News Service | Washington

Against the backdrop of Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have renewed their resolve that India and the United States will fight the global scourge of terrorism together.

After a telephone conversation between the two leaders, the White House said President Trump accepted Prime Minister Modi’s condolences.

“Prime Minister Modi strongly condemned terrorism, and offered thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families. The two leaders resolved that India and the United States will continue to fight together against the global scourge of terrorism,” it said in a readout of the call.

In a tweet earlier in the day, Modi had stated, “Strongly condemn the terror attack in New York City. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with those injured.”

Meanwhile, senior Republican Congressman Peter King has made the case for “more vetting” of people coming to the United States from Pakistan, given its “large terrorist presence”.

“If a person is coming from a country which has a strong terrorist presence, there should be more intense vetting and investigation than there would be from someone not coming from a country similar to that,” King told CNN.

“Pakistan has a large terrorist presence,” the lawmaker from New York said, adding: “They have sent 800 people to Syria to fight alongside ISIS. In that case, there should be more vetting. How you define it is more than you do in the ordinary case.”



Happy With My Job for Isis: NY Attacker

By S Rajagopalan

Friday, 03 November 2017

Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant behind New York’s deadliest terror attack since 9/11, has declared to interrogators that he “felt good’ with the killings “in support of ISIS” — a job he began to plan a year ago and finally decided two months ago to use a rental truck for the purpose.

Far from showing any sign of remorse, the 29-year-old suspect wanted to display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room on a day when the authorities produced him in court to face federal terrorism charges for the attack that left eight people and a dozen injured. The charges included providing material support to ISIS.

Saipov boasted to the interrogators about the attack and how he was inspired by the ISIS propaganda videos, particularly the one showing the terror outfit’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. One of his cellphones contained about 90 such videos and some 4,000 images.

President Donald Trump, clearly livid over the attacker’s defiance, said he should be awarded the death penalty. “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!” he tweeted.

Denouncing the suspect as “this animal”, Trump told reporters that he would “certainly consider” dispatching him to the Guantanamo Bay military detention facility where he could be held indefinitely with his normal rights suspended.

Trump, who attacked the Democrats for having piloted the Diversity Visa lottery programme under which Saipov came to the US in 2010, also criticised the country’s weak laws and lengthy judicial procedures, remarking: “What we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughing stock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.” “We have to get much tougher. We have to get much smarter. And we have to get much less politically correct. We’re so politically correct that we’re afraid to do anything,” he commented.

The law enforcement officials, meanwhile, announced that they have found another Uzbek national they have been looking for. Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, 32, was located less than an hour after the FBI released posters with his picture. “We’ve found him and I’ll leave it at that,” an FBI official said, without saying if he played any role in the attack.

The investigators also questioned Saipov’s wife, Nozima Odilova, who was reportedly cooperating. The couple have been living in Paterson, New Jersey, with their three children.

Joon H Kim, the acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told reporters that Saipov has been charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles. The suspect, who appeared in federal court in a wheelchair, did not enter any plea.

The federal complaint said the suspect chose a truck attack in order to inflict maximum damage against civilians and that he specifically timed the attack on Halloween, a day when the streets will be crowded. Officials said Saipov followed the ISIS playbook in its entirety in order to execute this attack. “He appears to have followed almost exactly to a ‘T’ the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before, with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack,” said New York’s Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence John Miller.

In respect of the handwritten note in Arabic that the police found along with multiple knives in and around his truck, Miller said, “The gist of the note was that the ISIS would endure forever.”

Asked if President Trump believes that the suspect should be classified as an “enemy combatant”, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters later: “I believe we would consider this person to be an enemy combatant, yes….I don’t believe that determination has been made. I think that’s something we’ll wait until we get a little further into the process.”



Post US policy shift, Taliban could turn diabolical

By Sankar Ray

Nov 03, 2017 07:44 am

Us President Donald Trump’s ‘new Afghanistan policy’ has been hailed by the ruling group in Afghanistan, especially Trump’s nod to sending additional troops, apparently in keeping with the Afghan government’s perspective as its goal is to step up increased pressure on the Taliban. But the belligerent shah-en-shah of White House also pulled up Pakistan by routinely blaming the latter for its failure to wage a decisive counter-warfare against the terrorists, ideologically committed to ‘Political Islam’, although turning terrorism into a money-spinning scrip. What is disturbing for peace-loving sections of both India and Pakistan is the unprecedented praise for India. Trump diplomatically seeks India’s assistance in Afghanistan, although on economic matters in the main.

Not at all queer, when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who described Trump as ‘a moron’ (although backed down to deny subsequently) reached Islamabad on 24 October, he was received by middle-of-the rung officials of the Pak foreign ministry. And in contrast, the Indian PM is ahead of many in appeasing the top guys of Trump administration, let alone the power-crazy supremo at the helm there.

Noted Pak columnist Ayyaz Ahmed, known for his intrepid and acerbic tone and style, wrote expressing concern over the upside-down change in Pak-US-India equation: “The deepening Indo-US ties have instigated Washington to adopt an unfriendly posture towards Pakistan. It has blamed Islamabad for providing sanctuaries to the Haqqani network and the Afghan Taliban within Pakistan. What the US has forgotten is that the Taliban already exercises sway over 40 percent of Afghan territory and they do not need Pakistan’s sanctuaries to hide and regroup themselves. The reality is that the US has virtually lost the costly and long-drawn-out war in Afghanistan and now wants to shift the blame on Pakistan for secretively harbouring the Afghan Taliban”.

here is no denying that Trump refuses to note Pakistan’s claim of having full control of the seven tribal agencies inside Pakistan and keeps playing a broken gramophone record blaming Islamabad for providing safe havens to the Haqqani network in his speech on South Asia on 21 August that widened “the trust deficit between both countries, thereby bringing Pak-US relations to a nadir. Notwithstanding President Trump’s harsh language, Pakistan took the initiative to thaw the strained relations with the angry superpower”. Apparently, visits of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the USA in September melted the ice, as there were bilateral exchange of perceptions about combating terrorism and militancy in the Pak-Afghan region. But the era of camaraderie that reached the zenith during the regime of the President Jimmy Carter with Zbigniew Brezezinsky as the National Security Adviser is now almost a thing of the past.

The need for greater US-Pak cooperation for stamping out regionally-funded terrorists from the Pak-Afghan region towards stablisation of the Afghan government for speeding up the socio-economic reconstruction of the insurgency-torn country notwithstanding, Washington continues its recalcitrance to understand the new reality, based on the steadily growing support among Pak people for peace with India as a neighbour. But this obstinacy, some analysts fear, may lead to a diplomatic disaster affecting not only the three south Asian countries, but the US too. At the same time, Ahmed rightly notes, “Islamabad should revisit some fundamental rules of its engagement with Washington. If Pakistan avoids changing these rules, the US will continue to enjoy an upper hand in determining the nature and direction of bilateral relations”.

Expectations are high that the new US Afghan policy will turn the tide of war and put the Taliban on the defensive. Nevertheless, Trump is the trouble-shooter for the tri-national region. He keeps directly reversing his predecessor Barack Obama’s policy of gradual withdrawal of troops from the Afghan soil – a difficult but indispensable task. Obama announced his intention in 2009, but could do little to translate it, despite the reality that more and more Afghans were getting annoyed with the Taliban even in tribal areas at a distance from Kabul. At one point in 2010, Afghanistan was home to 150,000 foreign troops, of which nearly 100,000 were from the US. Several Pak commentators, who openly argue for friendship with India and ending bad blood with Afghanistan, are pessimistic after the coming to power of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister.

One never knows when Trump and his close associates will understand that leaving out major stakeholders in the Afghan conflict will only make things worse. For instance, there is a genuine concern over reports that Taliban receives military assistance from Iran. Lately, Taliban has also established contacts with Russia. As a counter-offensive to the US Afghan policy, Iran may harbour Taliban. Whether Russia discreetly helps them with financial and military assistance is a matter of guess as Moscow will not leave any opportunity to take revenge for the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan during Carter-Brezezinsky years. In both Iran and Russia, speculations are running high that the Islamic State (IS) militant group is a creation of the US. It is not unusual for the two countries to join hands to prop up Taliban as a balance against it.

Given this reality, Washington has to realise the need to work towards an ambience of amity in the Indo-Pak-Afghan region. Pak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, speaking at the concluding session of the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, said: “The motor rally is a vindication of Pakistan’s progress towards peace and stability. Every Pakistani from Khunjerab to Gwadar is committed to peace and progress of the country.” Pakistanis are ‘a resilient peace and sports-loving nation that is bound to rise despite all challenges,” a statement issued by the military’s media wing said about a week back. But such anti-war expressions from his counterpart in India seems a wishful thinking.



Terror in New York

The Hindu

NOVEMBER 03, 2017 00:15 IST

 Terrorist attack in New York on Tuesday confirms fears that terrorism, especially in the West, is becoming more decentralised, with individuals radicalised by terrorist ideology taking up arms on their own. Like the ‘lone wolf’ terrorists in Nice or Berlin, who killed over 100 people last year, the New York attacker ploughed a pickup truck into a busy bicycle path in Manhattan, killing eight. Officials say Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, was inspired by the Islamic State and wanted to inflict maximum damage. This is a unique challenge for governments. Over the last few years, Western agencies have foiled multiple terror plots. The U.S. is a case in point. It has not seen any major coordinated terror attack since September 11, 2001. But the chances of detecting and foiling a sophisticated terror plan by a network are higher than preventing a lone wolf attack. Even before the IS suffered military defeats in its core territories in West Asia, it had outsourced terror to members and sympathisers. This means that someone inspired by the IS world view and living in, say, New York or Nice doesn’t have to contact IS handlers or wait for orders from Raqqa or Mosul. He or she can be both planner and executor. That is what happened in Nice, Berlin, Orlando and now New York.

Governments face both political and security challenges. The political challenge is to find the root causes of radicalisation and address them. This cannot be done without support from community members and leaders. The security challenge is to be more efficient when it comes to preventive measures. In the case of Saipov, officials say he had been planning for a year to strike civilians. He had hired a truck earlier to practise making turns and rehearsed the route where he wanted to stage the attack. Once such an attack happens, the challenge is also to prevent polarisation along religious or ethnic lines while sounding the message of unity and resolve to fight terror. Instead, President Donald Trump has grabbed the moment to assail his political rivals and drum up support for his anti-immigration policies. He has already promised to step up “extreme vetting” — even though it is unexplained how “extreme vetting” could have prevented the New York attack, or how officials could have foreseen in 2010, when Saipov entered the U.S., that he would become a threat seven years down the line. Also, Uzbekistan is not on the list of countries targeted under Mr. Trump’s immigration ban. Washington needs a result-oriented plan to check radicalisation as well as prevent more terror attacks rather than ideological plans that are, in a way, helping the extremist narrative about Muslims being discriminated against and persecuted in the West.



Many ways to overcome tension and fear

By Swami Kriyananda

November 3, 2017

It’s a great mistake to try to reduce stress and tension by avoiding challenges and difficulties. You do not attain peace merely by escaping responsibility. You attain it by discharging your responsibilities and winning on the battlefield of life, in the true sense. Success means learning an important life lesson.

True success means taking a step towards infinite freedom because we’ve learnt an important life lesson that we no longer need to repeat. Only that kind of success gives true peace. As long as there’s any fear:  fear of the test, of being drawn into the karma, of failure, or even fear of success, then, there is still karma to be worked out.

The pull of unwillingness: Most people are pulled in two directions. While they’re doing something, they’re wishing they weren’t doing it. For your spiritual growth, don’t try to reduce stress by avoiding what you’ve been given to do. Difficulties are opportunity for growth. When we give what we’re doing to God, we find that there is a great joy and even great relaxation in the process.

Learn to act from within outward. Relax. Do not worry what other people think about what you should, or should not, be doing.

best method for this. If you can be centred in yourself, and act from within outward, then you will have that degree of poise and relaxation to turn left or right as the circumstances dictate.

Work on developing an attitude of non-attachment to the fruits of your actions. People with that attitude will have the degree of relaxation needed to work without tension or fear, and even if they fail, they are able to rise again.

It’s very helpful to visualise the fear actually being fulfilled, to visualise the worst possible results of whatever you’re doing, because the anticipation is almost always greater than the realisation. Once you’ve accepted a certain possibility, you can then put all of your energy into the constructive action necessary for success.

In the Bible we read that perfect love casts out fear. When you love God deeply enough there is nothing to fear because you know He’s always with you. It’s important to work towards attaining that level of courage. If in the process you sometimes feel anxiety about something, don’t pull back. Just call on God to support you in whatever you have to do. The time will come when you will be victorious over that fear.

Remember also that our thoughts send out a kind of magnetism that draws to us whatever is expressive of that thought. People who undergo a disaster of a certain kind in some way have put out a call for that disaster.

Conditions are neutral: Paramhansa Yogananda said, “Conditions are always neutral.” They seem good or bad according to the positive or negative attitude of the mind. We can make the best of even the worst circumstances. We have to be practical, but the most important thing is to have faith in God and to live in the thought that God is with you, always. Faith in God will give you the level of relaxation you need, to face life most effectively.



BJP Should Heed Its Minority Morcha In Gujarat, Give Tickets To Muslim Candidates Too

By Renuka Bisht

November 2, 2017, 4:01 PM IST Renuka Bisht

In the last assembly elections in Gujarat, BJP did not field any Muslim candidates. Actually in Gujarat no Muslim candidate has gotten an assembly or a parliamentary ticket from BJP this century.

Talking to TOI in 2014, when BJP once again repeated its practice of not fielding any Muslim candidate for parliamentary polls in Gujarat, this is how the exclusion was explained by Asifa Khan, national executive member of BJP Minority Morcha: “BJP doesn’t believe in giving ‘token tickets’ to Muslims. There are bigger issues such as healthcare, education and job opportunities that need to be addressed … adequate representation in tickets will follow on its own.”

This is actually the general defense put up by all BJP spokespersons on this thorny matter. It’s transparently insincere. Because political representation is supposed to spearhead not tailgate a community’s interests. If it didn’t how would any female or Dalit or minority community candidate ever have gotten a ticket?

“We are only focused on winnabiliy,” is the other cop-out the party frequently offers. This is also deeply false. Although the last time a Muslim candidate (Ahmed Patel) won a parliamentary seat from Gujarat was in 1984, Congress has continued to field successful candidates in the state assembly elections.

Ahead of the 2012 assembly election BJP itself had turned a new leaf by fielding about 200 Muslim candidates in panchayat and local body elections of 2010, out of which as many as 160 won. This 80% success rate made it all the more surprising and unpleasant when no Muslim was given a ticket in 2012. In 2015 again, the BJP Minority Morcha emphasizes that around 350 Muslims secured seats for the party in local body polls.

This time around the BJP Minority Morcha is demanding several tickets. Morcha chief Mehboob Ali Chisti says suitable representations have been made for seats like Jamalpur-Khadia, Vejalpur, Vagra, Wankaner, Bhuj and Abdasa. In Jamalpur-Khadia for example, Muslims constitute 61% of total voters and one of the ticket-seekers is Usman Ghanchi, a builder who has been associated with BJP for a decade. Chisti says many Muslim community leaders requested a party ticket during the recent Parliamentary Board meeting.

Against the backdrop of a certain vulnerability in the first Gujarat election this century that BJP is fighting without Narendra Modi as a chief ministerial candidate, there are reports that it will try to even woo Muslim voters by roping in Sufi seers and Shia preachers from Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere. Giving tickets to strong candidates from the community is a much more promising idea.

Plus it is the only way for BJP to win broad-based support for initiatives like seeking to modernise madrasas or urging a conversation about a Uniform Civil Code. Otherwise the whiff of religious apartheid will remain noxious and debilitative.



Us Shares Names Of 20 Terror Groups With Pak

By Daily Pioneer

Friday, 03 November 2017 | PTI | Islamabad

The US has shared with Pakistan a list 20 terrorist groups like the LeT, JeM and HUM that Washington believes are operating from its soil to target India and Afghanistan, a media report said on Thursday.

Top on the list is the Haqqani network which, the US says has safe havens in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas in northwestern Pakistan and uses them to launch attacks into Afghanistan, Dawn reported.

The list includes three types of militants groups: those who launch attacks into Afghanistan, those who attack targets inside Pakistan and those who are focused on Kashmir, the newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

India-specific terror groups like Harakatul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) are also onthe list. Harakatul Mujahideen is a Pakistan-based militant group operating primarily in Kashmir. The US says that group had links to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda as well, the report said.

JeM operates mainly in Kashmir.The US identified LeT as one of the largest and most active terrorist organisations in South Asia. Founded in 1987 by Hafiz Saeed, Abdullah Azzam and Zafar Iqbal in Afghanistan, the group had its headquarters in Muridke in Punjab province. It too is focused on Kashmir, the report said.

Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was involved in the 2001 Indian parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organisation of various militant groups, was based in FATA, but has now relocated to Afghanistan. The US says that the group wants to enforce its own interpretation of Sharia and plans to unite against Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. It has conducted hundreds of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan.

Other groups on the list are: Harakatul Jihadi-i-Islami, Jamaatul Ahrar, Jamaatud Dawa al-Quran and Tariq Gidar Group, which is one of 13 TTP affiliates.

The Tariq Gidar Group has been behind some of the deadliest attacks inside Pakistan, including the Dec 16, 2014, massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar that left 132 schoolchildren and nine staffers dead.



Turkey: 39 Killed In Clashes Between Troops, Kurdish Rebels

By Daily Pioneer

Friday, 03 November 2017 | Agencies | Ankara

Clashes between Turkish security force members and Kurdish terrorists in three mainly Kurdish provinces in southeastern Turkey on Thursday killed eight security force members and 31 terrorists, officials said.

A skirmish erupted near the town of Semdinli, in the province of Hakkari that borders Iraq, after the security forces spotted a group of rebels who were allegedly preparing to launch an attack, the military said. Six soldiers and two government-paid village guards aiding troops in the fight against the rebels were killed in the fighting. An Interior Ministry statement said 19 rebels were killed in the clash as well as a wider, air power-backed operation launched to catch the terrorists.

Separately, nine rebels were killed in a clash in the province of Tunceli, while three others were killed in Sirnak province, the ministry said.


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