HuJI Commander in Police Net

The Hyderabad police has in its custody a man who can help unravel the Harkat-ul-Jihadi-Islami and its operations in south India. The Intelligence Bureau in an undercover operation picked up Muhammad Amjad alias Khwaja from Chennai in the wee hours of Sunday and brought him to Hyderabad.

Khwaja is now being interrogated by the Hyderabad police along with IB sleuths. Sources told rediff.com that Khwaja is a self styled commander of the HuJI and had concentrated largely on operations in south India. The police say that he is likely to have information on the manner in which the HuJI had masterminded the Hyderabad twin blasts in 2007 since it has been established that HuJI was behind the blasts. The IB also suspects that Khwaja had a role in the Ajmer blasts in 2008. The IB says that there was a Interpol red corner alert against him after he masterminded the blast at the Special Task Force office at Hyderabad in 2005.

Police and the IB are also hoping to get information on mystery terror operative Shahid Bilal, a key member of the HuJI, who was reportedly killed in Pakistan two years ago. Both Khwaja and Bilal were extremely close and rose in the ranks of the HuJI together. Both belonged to Moosrambagh in Hyderabad and left the city together. They were both trained in the Chittagong forests in Bangladesh and were later sent to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for further training.

Khwaja was based in Bangladesh but continued to mobilise cadres to carry out strikes especially in the southern part of India. His primary target was Bengaluru, sources say. The Bengaluru police say that they are yet to get more information on Khwaja and in due course of time, they will seek his custody if required.

Khwaja shuttled between Bangladesh and Pakistan and following the death of Bilal was made head of operations for HuJI in south India. It was a mission pertatining to India that made him visit Chennai. He was planning to come into Hyderabad from Chennai before he was apprehended by the IB.

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Is the Army Land Scam issue Motivated?


Seventy acres of land and an alleged issuance of a no-objection certificate has landed some of India’s top generals in a soup.
The land in question is a 70-acre plot close to the Sukna military station in West Bengal.

The allegation is that Military Secretary Avadhesh Prakash, Lieutenant General Ramesh Halgali, Lieutenant General P K Rath and Major General P K Sen facilitated the issuance of a no objection certificate to the Agarwal Geetanjali Education Trust in order to set up an affiliate of Ajmer’s wellknown school, Mayo College.

While Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor says that action will be initiated in the case, members of General Rath’s family believe the issue is engineered.

Prathap Kumar Rath, General Rath’s brother, who is obviously upset with the developments, provides his version of events to rediff.com’s Vicky Nanjappa:

“Both Lieutenant General V K Singh (the Eastern Army commander) and General Deepak Kapoor are well aware of what has happened. Why isn’t the media looking into this and letting this drama continue?

“There is talk about a report on this issue. Why has this report not been made available to my brother? A reporter on television waves this report at his viewers. When he can have that report, why can’t they give a copy to my brother? I want to ask how this report has come out of the Eastern Command Headquarters? Doesn’t it look as though it is stage-managed?

“There is a mass hysteria being created on this issue so that Lieutenant General Singh and General Kapoor are made to look good.

“They speak about national security. If the security of the nation was such a prime concern for these people, then let me tell you that the land was sold in April. Then how come the issue was brought up in September? If it was such a primary concern, why this delay?

“The timing was perfect. The issue cropped up when my brother got his appointment (as deputy chief of the army). Another thing that I would like to point out here is that there was no communication on this issue sent to the 33 Corps. When that is the scenario, how can they even speak of national security? Moreover this is a school, how can it pose a security risk?

“I don’t know what Lieutenant General Singh has against my brother and why he is picking on him. I wish I had the opportunity to have a one on one with him and get things sorted out. He speaks of military discipline. Let everyone remember that the army is not above the Constitution.

“We will go all out in our fight and we will not buckle down to the order of the court of inquiry. This is not a full court in the first place. Moreover, we do not trust the findings since it is headed by two major generals. Obviously these people would report to their superiors and what justice can we expect?

“My brother is a disciplined officer and this has gone against him. I don’t know exactly why they are targeting him. I am unaware of any personal enmity too.

“However I must warn that I am ready to bite the bullet to get justice for my brother and I also want to say that no information regarding this case has been made available to us fully. I have a right to know what is happening.

“Lieutenant General Singh may become army chief and no one in the army is ready to counter him and hence my brother will suffer in the bargain.

“We, however, have a legal course worked out. The moment we are served with a notice, we will move the civil courts and also take this matter right up to the Supreme Court. It is these courts that we trust in.

“I really don’t know what sort of a game is being played over here. I can only say that my brother is just a casualty. He has been made to suffer since he is a good officer. I only want to assure him that he is not alone and has 11 siblings who will fight tooth and nail for him.”

How to beat office politics?


Devilish bosses, backbiting colleagues and annoying subordinates will always be omnipresent in everybody’s professional life. This bring along the age old problem of dealing with office politics.

While some of us say that we don’t want to get ‘caught up’ in politics at work, most HR experts argue that playing the game is crucial to your career success, because by not getting involved, you may find your talents ignored and your success limited, and you may feel left out of the loop.
Here are a few tips by Economic Times that will help you win at office politics and still gain your colleagues’ respect.

Observe how things get done

Don’t be afraid to ask some key questions to your bosses: What are your core values and how are they enacted? Are short or long-term results most valued? How are decisions made? How much risk is tolerated? The answers to these questions should give you a good sense of the culture of your organization.

Profile powerful individuals

If you can’t wait to be where your bosses are, pay attention to their communication style, network of relationships and what types of proposals they say ‘yes’ to most often. Emulate those traits by drawing on the strengths you have.

Develop a positive track record

Planning is very crucial. If you have a rough idea on how long you want to do the job, work on developing your image as someone who gets results. This gives you an edge in all political corners.

Blow your horn occasionally

Let others know what you’ve accomplished whenever you get the opportunity. But it is necessary that you know the fine art of diplomatic bragging. Do not be outright show-off.

Respect counts, especially downwards

It is no new rule to treat your superiors with adequate salaams, but few executives make the folly of behaving with their co-workers and subordinates in a manner a king rules over his jagir. Don’t show preferential treatment to co-workers you think won’t be of use to you. You never know to whom someone might be connected.

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The Headley Case- Who is Major Syed?


Friday’s indictment of American terror suspect David Headley, Tawwahur Rana, Ilyas Kashmiri and a retired Pakistan Army official is a major step forward in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case. Indian agencies, who are conducting a parallel investigation on this angle, to the case say that they would pick leads from the chargesheet and continue to further investigate the matter.

The interesting link that has emerged is that of the retired Pakistan Major Abdur Rehman Hashim Syed alias Pasha. The Pasha link to the case vindicates India’s stand that several persons from within the Pakistani establishment were involved in the horrific Mumbai attack. Apart from helping David Headley with his mission, Pasha is the man responsible for bringing Pakistan’s Inter-Services-Intelligence and Ilyas Kashmiri together.

At first, there was very little information that cropped up and even the Pakistan Army had denied the involvement of any of its serving or retired officers. However, the two-count complaint filed against Abdur Rehman alias Pasha suggests that he was the main person, who had provided plenty of logistical support to David Headley during the reccee conducted by him during the Mumbai attack.

Indian Intelligence agencies say that Pasha started off with the Pakistan Army and was also part of the ISI prior to his retirement. He is one among the many retired army officials, who are delegated by the ISI to train and aid terror activities. The confessions of Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin also point to the involvement of several retired army officials in terror training, they add.

Pasha was just one among the many retired officers in Pakistan, who facilitated the entry of foreign terrorists who were willing to work for the ISI. It was during the various visits Headley made to Pakistan, that he met Pasha. He acted as the main facilitator for Headley and helped him enter and get out of the country very often. Due to the proximity that grew between the two, the ISI and the Lashkar-e-Tayiba [ Images ] decided to hand over charge to Pasha and directed him to be the main link between the Lashkar and Headley. The duo together had planned on two attacks, namely the Mickey Mouse project and also the Mumbai attack.

During the various recees conducted by Headley, he had always stayed in touch with Pasha who in turn gathered the details and passed it on to the LeT. Although the Mumbai Police, in their chargesheet, had pointed to the involvement of retired army officials from Pakistan, it was the arrest of Headley that gave credence to this charge. Both the Lashkar and the ISI were clear that Headley would communicate only with Pasha, who in turn would act as a link.

The IB says that the Ilyas Kashmir [ Images ]i link with the Lashkar was re-established by Pasha. Kashmiri had fallen out with the ISI after he was asked to handle the Kashmir operations while the latter wanted to continue battling US troops in Afghanistan. The ISI realised the importance of Kashmiri to the cause of global jihad and that is when Pasha stepped in.

Pasha became the main link between Kashmiri and Headley. During the various communications between the two, Kashmiri has been referred to as “Doctor” by both Headley and Pasha.

Even during the Mumbai reccee, it was Pasha who constantly guided Headley. Apart from guiding Headely, Pasha also ensured that the cash transactions for the operations were conducted smoothly. This was possible thanks to the network that was set up by Pasha in Dubai [ Images ] from where a large chunk of the money was transferred for Headley to use.

Ironically, this retired officer was released after being arrested in March 2009 by the Pakistan establishment. It is believed Pasha had too much information regarding the ISI and its operartions and hence it was safer to let him go rather than keep him in custody and embarrass themselves.

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