In October 2001, there was an announcement by the Al Qaeda on the Al Jazeera Television Network that the so-called ?Hindu India? had been added to the target countries of jehad. The reason given by the Al Qaeda spokesman was the ?US support to Hindus against the Muslims of Kashmir?. On October 1, 2001, there was an attack on the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and the Indian Parliament was attacked on December 13, 2001.
Exactly two years after the attack on the Indian Parliament i.e. on December 13, 2003, Benazir Bhutto made a startling revelation in Hindustan Times Leadership Initiative Conference: ?A joint politico-military decision was taken (by Pakistan) in 1989. The view was that low-intensity operations will help focus attention on Kashmir.? ?Low intensity conflict? is nothing but an euphemism for terrorism. Here was Benazir'sconfession that Pakistan was a terrorist state.
Dates, anniversaries and coincidences make interesting analysis. Talking about November 9, 1989, the day on which the shilannyas in Ayodhya and the breaking of the Berlin wall took place, Jay Dubhashi wrote: ?History has its quirks but there is a method behind the madness.?
(The writer is Producer and Director of The Bangla Crescent?ISI, Madrasas & Infiltration.)