After 62 hours of live coverage of the Mumbai terrorist attack, and much speculations, conjectures, followed by hours of debates and expert opinions, now as the dust settles down, it is time to examine emerging facts. TRUTH IS VERY SIMPLE.
I am simply submitting the facts, and it is for you to reflect (taffakur) on them. In today's Telegraph (3rd December) under the header "Mumbai update' the following information has been provided by the Police Commissioner, in his first news conference, since the end of the terror attack.
* All terrorists accounted for : 9 killed, 1 arrested
* Travelled in 5 taxis in groups of two, carrying five time bombs.
* Two each went to Victoria Terminus, Taj, Cafe Leopold, Nariman House and Oberoi Trident
* Leopold attackers joined the Taj team.
* ATTACKERS HAD NEVER COME TO MUMBAI BEFORE
* CREDIT CARDS SEIZED BELONGED TO KILLED GUESTS.
* NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW LOCAL SUPPORT
* Ex-officers of Pakistan Army trained group for a year. No evidence to suggest Dawood role.
* Terrorists came on a suicide mission. Had no plans to return.
* Return route found on GPS seized on Kuber fishing trawler. automatically generated. Not programmed.
* AFTER VT (RLY: STATION:) ATTACK, THE ATTACKERS AT A LOSS WHAT TO DO. SO THEY CAME OUT AND FIRED AT CAMA HOSPITAL (the most unfortunate incident, I feel, as the country, lost 3 of its best security officers)
Thought provoking facts have emerged in another report by S R Goswami.
OF THE 150 ODD INDIANS DEAD IN THE TERROR ATTACK, AT LEAST48 ARE MUSLIMS.
Now the following is an eye witness account, which proves beyond doubt, that the terrorist were out there to create mayhem, and fighting for the Muslim cause and Islam, was never their agenda.
Read on and reflect, many TV channels have exceeded their limits, in their quest for 'upmanship' and politicians have played dirty politics, and their personal interest will bring more harm than good.
I fervently appeal to narrow minded bigots to please desist from playing politics of tragedies. If you feel you are not answerable to the people, you will certainly be made answerable to the ONE. (sorry for being carried away, now I report the incident alluded to earlier)
On November 26, Jadhav (the taxi driver) was at the CST railway terminus, when the militants struck. " I saw a Muslim woman in a burqa running with a baby in her arms. She suddenly came face to face with a terrorist, " he said.
" He shot her and the baby without batting an eyelid. My whole worldview changed in a moment"
I hope and pray that the narrow parochial views of many Indians will change, when they reflect on the facts, and are not carried away by opinions and wrong and biased reporting.
Here I would also like to quote from a forward written way back in 1935 by Muhammad Mustafa al Maraghil - Grand Shayk of al Azhar for the autobiography of Prophet Muhammad (SA) by Muhammad Husayn Haykal.
Commenting on the West's concern for the study of Islam's teaching and heritage and the utmost care, taken by the Western Scholars, he said: ' In the process the strongest protagonists of Islam , may well be its strongest enemies, whereas its present alien antagonists may be Islam's adherents and defenders. As in the early period, the strangers (Medinites) have supported Islam. '
Muhammad (SA) was prosecuted by his own kinsfolk at Mecca.
I hope that barring a few radical bigots in the majority as well as the minority community of our country, the rational and right thinking Indians, will not be swayed by political leaders and news reports, that carry a hidden agenda.
TRUTH I REPEAT AGAIN IS SIMPLE.
BE HONEST AND TRUTHFUL.