Do you know what Terroristan is? I’m sure you do. Yes, I’m referring to our western neighbour, Pakistan. Why this post suddenly today?
Pakistan’s Sindh High Court has overturned the death sentence and murder conviction of British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh for the murder of Daniel Pearl (seen in the featured image while he was in captivity) the Mumbai-based South Asia Chief of the Wall Street Journal, in 2002. A lawyer for the terrorist said that his sentence was reduced to seven years on the charge of kidnapping. Pearl was kidnapped when he went to Pakistan as part of an investigation into the links between British citizen Richard Reid (the “shoe bomber”) and Al-Qaeda, and later beheaded in Karachi on Feb 1, 2002. Pearl was just 38 years old when he was beheaded.
Three other men who were handed life sentences in the case have been acquitted by the court and released. The court overturned the July 2002 verdict of an anti-terrorism court. In March 2007, at a closed military hearing in the American military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani member of Al-Qaeda, and the principal architect of the 9/11 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., claimed that he had personally beheaded Pearl.
Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British terrorist of Pakistani origin, was one of the terrorists freed by the Vajpayee government along with Jaish-e-Mohammed founder Masood Azhar in 1999 to secure the release of 148 passengers of hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kandahar, Afghanistan.
While an American court in Boston in January 2003 imprisoned shoe-bomber Richard Reid to three life terms plus 110 years, here goes Pakistan releasing terrorists as usual, as it has been doing with several other known terrorists.
Almost every terrorism-related American or British TV series or movie that I have seen in recent years openly refers to Pakistan as a terror state, and its foreign intelligence agency ISI as a rogue agency, yet these countries, as well as several other Western nations, do almost nothing about it.
Is it because they are afraid of pissing off many other Middle East nations, who have billions of dollars parked in American and British banks? Or is it because some Middle East nations (especially Saudi Arabia and UAE) are now amongst the biggest importers of arms from the same Western nations? What’s even more annoying is that, despite President Trump’s various tweets to the contrary, USA still continues to give financial aid to Pakistan.
Read the chapter on ISI in my Amazon No.1 Bestseller book “I-SPY” on the Top 20 intelligence agencies in the world, to understand how ISI is not just a super-power within Pakistan, a “state within a state”, but also how it is downright “dirty”.
When will the West wake up? When will they join India’s fight against state-sponsored terrorism from Pakistan? Will it happen in my lifetime. I wish!!!