Pakistan’s mass-circulation Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Jang reports of increasing fears in official circles in Islamabad that the Indian Air Force may attack Muridke, the headquarters of banned militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba. Muridke is a town near Pakistan’s cultural city of Lahore.
In Muridke, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed operates his organization under the new name of Jamaatud Dawa. Roznama Jang quoted unidentified sources in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of the Pakistani Army, as saying that the Indian government is considering attacks on Muridke in order to cover up its own failure to prevent the Mumbai terror attacks.
According to the Pakistani sources, the Indian military establishment is trying to convince the government to declare Muridke as an enemy hideout to pave the way for the Indian Air Force to launch attack.
Yahya Mujahid, a close aide of Hafiz Saeed and the spokesman for the Jamaatud Dawa, told the Roznama Jang that any aerial Indian attack on any of the Dawa-run religious seminaries and offices across Pakistan would be treated as an assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan.
Source: Roznama Jang, Pakistan, December 2, 2008
|Liveleak on Facebook|