NEW DELHI- It seems that this Time RAW has put Indian government in a very serious trouble, depriving Delhi of any credibility that it had assumed to have established with regard to blaming Pakistan for India’s own created terror drama episodes.
A monitoring and scanning of the Indian media, that has otherwise never losing any opportunity to run extra miles in blaming Pakistan for any evil happening in India, indicates the this time, the drama that is called by international media as India’s Terror Boat Drama, was staged in such a crude and ridiculous manner that even opportunity awaiting Indian media refused to help Delhi in this episode and to make some face saving in the global community, Indian media is continuously chiding the government and relevant agencies for creating such a nonsense scenario to blame Pakistan. Quite agreeing to The Daily Mail’s questions over the credibility of the Indian claims, different Indian Newspapers and TV Channels are coming harder with every passing day on the organizers and script writers of the Terror Boat Drama. Here we are producing one such report from Monday’s ( yesterday) edition of leading Indian newspaper Hindustan Times that has raised many questions in this direction and has hit the Indian government very hard for maintain the that the Terror Boat Drama was not drama. Hindustan Times’ report, following The Daily Mail’s conclusions, says that if the government of India’s claims are to be believed that the boat was having suicide bombers on it who blew themselves up in the lower cabin of the boat after being rounded up by Coast Guards’ boats then how can one prove that the occupants of the boat were suicide bombers who instead of causing any damage to the Coast Guards or ramming their “explosives- laden” boat into Coast Guards’ boat? The Daily Mail has reported hundreds of incidents of suicide bombings during the past one decade or so but it could never get once incident to report in which any suicides bomber blew himself up without causing any damage to any target. It makes it established the as if they were not Jihadis or motivated missionaries but were merely some amateur suiciders. It also makes it appear like as the alleged terrorists were harboring all terror plans to blow themselves and not to cause any damage to anyone. Here one has to argue that were they really suicide bombers or just , as they call it in India, PHATTOOS, who blew themselves up merely on the suspicion of being nabbed by some Coast Guards, which otherwise a routine matter in the open waters.
Here is the transcript from Hindustan Times’ report
Despite Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that the occupants of the Pakistani boat intercepted by the coast guard on December 31 were “possible terrorists”, questions continue to be raised about official accounts of the incident that suggest the intelligence community does not share a clear view on this.
Intelligence officials told HT that the coast guard did the right thing by acting immediately on the intelligence tip. However, they are befuddled by several unanswered questions.
First, as per standard procedure, any terrorism-related intelligence input must be shared with the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) that alerts all stakeholders. This mandatory procedure was put in place after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai in 2008 to ensure all key forces and agencies are prepared to respond to any terror attack. National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), the technical intelligence agency, that raised the alert on the basis of which the coast guard acted, did not alert the MAC.
As a result, the bulk of India’s key agencies — the Intelligence Bureau, R&AW, naval intelligence, Gujarat police and the National Security Guard (NSG) were in the dark about the alert. Not only that, even the Joint Operations Centre of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai, which is responsible for all maritime operations on the West coast, was not alerted.
Second, key intelligence agencies monitor sea-based communication from Bhuj in Gujarat. However, the NTRO, the source of this particular alert, does not have a sea-based communication monitoring station there. It has a station in Jammu from where it monitors satellite-based communication. “We were told the alert was raised after the NTRO intercepted conversations on a Thuraya satellite phone,” a senior intelligence official told HT.
“But we haven’t had a Thuraya intercept since 2008 because Pakistan knows it can be easily intercepted and tracked up to 25 metres of its location,” he added.
Third, the defence ministry statement on the incident says “the crew hid themselves in below deck compartment and set the boat on fire, which resulted in explosion and major fire,” indicating that the crew chose to commit suicide instead of being caught when the coast guard fired “warning shots.”
A senior naval official posted with the Mumbai-based naval command questioned this, saying: “If that assumption is true, why didn’t the boat try to ram the coast guard ship when challenged? Why did it run for an hour before setting itself on fire?” He conceded that the “boat was definitely up to some illegal activity, but the pattern does not point to terror-related activity.”
Fourth, official photographs show a burning boat that many experts described as an “oil fire”. Speaking on TV, Rear Admiral Raja Menon (retd) said the fire seen in photographs was created by oil, not explosives. Other experts also concurred that the fire was most likely an oil fire.
“Explosives need detonators; the boat would have been blown to smithereens and the fire would be very different,” a bomb expert who served with the NSG’s National Bomb Data Centre told HT.
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