Editorial

Victims of Pak terror

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 11/26/2018 12:16:37 PM IST

 Ten years after the horrific November 26,2008 Mumbai terror attacks carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba, an Islamic terrorist organisation based in Pakistan, India cannot forget those bravehearts who laid down their lives fighting a demonic and blood thirsty gang. The Pakistani terrorists launched a series of 12 coordinated shooting and bombing attacks lasting four days across Mumbai that began on Wednesday November 26,2008 and lasted until Saturday November 29,2008. The bloody mayhem left at least 174 people dead (including 9 attackers) and more than 300 were wounded. It is unfortunate that when the nation was in grief at the most outrageous and cold blooded murder hatched, implemented and carried out by Pakistani “non-state actors”; political parties are besmirching the memory of the victims by politicising the tragedy. It is not a time to reduce the tragedy into a nonsensical politics by saying it happened during the tenure of that party of coalition or countering about this by pointing out to the attack on India’s sanctum sanctorum, the Parliament on December 13,2001 by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), two terrorist organizations from Pakistan. It would be pertinent to remind the political class that terror attacks take place even on powerful nations across the world. It would be nothing short of lunacy to imply that a political party is to be blamed for any terror attack. Even the best of security systems are tested and found wanting but the process never stops and neither do political foes blame each other for the attacks. Blaming the other political opponent is the favourite but childish game of Indian politicians. The 26/11 Mumbai attacks happened because Pakistani handlers wanted to kill and maim innocent and harmless people as part of the terror campaign against India. As India looks back, the lessons of 26/11 have to be learnt. The security apparatus across the nation and especially from Delhi to Mumbai were woefully inadequate because Indian intelligence failed to decipher initial inputs about impending terror attack. This also happened with the US intelligence units which failed to act despite having received inputs of impending hijack of planes by Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Emirates etc. The gaps in coastal defence system which allowed the terrorists to travel in a fishing boat without challenge including lack of cohesion among police, special squads and central forces that led to late responses etc will continue to spur authorities towards improvement. This gap was compounded by the fact that the national intelligence infrastructure that includes the external, domestic and state/city level agencies were unable to pick up any significant lead in the run-up to the 26/11 attacks that could have pre-empted the massacre of innocents that took place in late November 2008. Important lessons were learnt in the immediate aftermath of 26/11 and the most significant was the acknowledgement that maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean region needed to be enhanced by a significant index with appropriate focus on the more vulnerable coastal regions. Israel is the boss of the bosses in fighting terror and uses the latest technology and training methods for its crack units specialised in tackling specific terrorist elements. Modi has struck a rapport with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and so one big step has been taken towards this goal. 

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