Kabul bombing: Holbrooke refutes hallucinatory Indian accusations


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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