Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 03 October 2017
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a press statement said, “We are deeply disappointed that once again, a single country has blocked international consensus on the designation of an acknowledged terrorist and leader of UN-designated terrorist organization, Masood Azhar. India strongly believes that double standards and selective approaches will only undermine the international community’s resolve to combat terrorism. We can only hope that there will be a realization that accommodating with terrorism for narrow objectives is both short sighted and counter productive.”
The Chinese had earlier put a technical hold on the proposal, which also had the backing of the UK and France, but since the hold couldn’t be extended any further, it officially blocked the proposal and ended the global move to proscribe Azhar. Here is the real reason why China time and again shielding Maulana Masood Azhar. The documentary produced by Shailesh Kumar reasonably looks at the incidents with available proofs and references that Maulana Masood Azhar was the important Chinese conduit behind 9/11 attack on twin towers in America and also in hijacking of Indian Airlines IC-814. For the first time National Defence is releasing the transcript of the documentary in the interest of world peace and harmony.
disclaimer: the documentary is based on published facts. references are available in end credits.
“Whether it be the intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trade Center, or a bombing attack by bin Laden, all of these greatly exceed the frequency bandwidths understood by the American military…” Senior Col. Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiangsui, People’s Liberation Army, People’s Republic of China.
31 months later
11 September 2001:
Terror attacks on World Trade Centre, Pentagon and Pennsylvania in USA
Was it a mere coincidence that what these two Chinese Army officers wrote in a book published by People’s Liberation Army actually executed by al-Qaeda two and a half year later?
Was al-Qaeda really a pawn in the hands of China?
But the truth is more dangerous and fearful than the mere 9/11 attacks. For India, terror in Kashmir is not just Pakistan centric neither the terror attacks in North- East India stand alone events of any separatist movement. As a larger game plan, China is waging silent unrestricted war against its adversaries using terror networks & its proxies.
Besides USA, India is China’s biggest terror target.
This documentary attempts to present not only circumstances but also evidences to nail down China’s unrestricted warfare. In the first part of the documentary series, lets discuss the 9/11 attacks and its connection with IC 814 Hijackers vis-à-vis China and al-Qaeda.
Sting: “China’s Unrestricted Terror Warfare”
Chinese always hated US hegemony. Well before 1999, Chinese were biting the bullets of US subjugation. It was a latent Chinese dream to supercede US as superpower. Trigger of tension was pulled when three of the Chinese nationals were inadvertently killed in US attack on Chinese embassy in Belgrade on 7th May 1999.
Tensions further escalated when in April 2001- Chinese F-8 fighter plane crashed in a collision with US Navy’s EP3 reconnaissance aircraft during patrol in South China Sea. US aircraft had to make an emergency landing in China. China without being compensated had to reluctantly release all 24 Americans onboard the aircraft 11 days later it crash landed on PLA’s Hainan airfield.
Following the tug of war over the incident, US on 24 April 2001 decided to offer biggest ever Arms package to Taiwan to defend herself from against any Chinese aggression. This added fuel to fire. World has witnessed Chinese heartburning.
Meanwhile, Taliban was angry with American intrusion in Afghanistan. Taliban had influence over the terrorists in China’s Xinjiang province. It was but sure any Chinese help in containing Americans in Afghanistan will positively influence Taliban in favour of China. China was looking in for an opportunity!
Solid proof of link between al-Qaeda and China!
Opportunity struck Chinese doors when Pakistani newspaper Ausaf cited Taliban sources as saying that 40 of 75 US missiles fired at Osama bin Laden’s camps were found unexploded. The US fired these missiles into Afghanistan during the attack on Bin Laden’s camps on August 20, 1998 in reprisal of bombings on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in which 224 people including 12 Americans were killed. Hearing the news, Chinese PLA made first contact with al-Qaeda. China traded off the US missile technology by paying off 10 million dollars to Osama bin Laden. And it was here at this point that perhaps attack on US soil was discussed with Osama. To aid and abate al-Qaeda, Chinese must have helped al-Qaeda through its proxy intelligence agency ISI.
The evidence of contact between Osama bin Laden and Chinese PLA came from none other than the al-Qaeda operative Lased Bin Heni. Lased Ben Heni was accused of acting as a coordinator and liaison officer for al-Qaida cells in Frankfurt in Germany and Milan in Italy; Ben Heni was working to equip Osama bin Laden’s organisation with chemical weapons.
Italian Anti- Terrorist Police bugged the conversation between Lased Ben Heni and Italian cell leader of al-Qaeda Sami Ben Khemais Essid when they met in an apartment on 9 March 2001. Lased Ben Heni was caught on tape saying:
“Perhaps the Americans are convinced by the bombardment of the sheikh Bin Laden’s training centres”
“For them, it was a victory. But, in fact, it was a defeat because the majority of the missiles didn’t even explode.”
“With these weapons, Bin Laden has boosted his financial resources. From every part of the world businessmen, who hate Americans have come to study American missile strategy”.
“Believe me, the sheikh Bin Laden is not just sitting around, he’s planning something … It’s not something small”
“In particular, businessmen have come from China. He works a great deal with China. He’s got good relations with them”.
“You see them and you ask. ‘But what are they doing here?’ In the end, you understand that they work for the sheikh and that they came to study these missiles”.
“Thanks to the money that comes from these studies from outside, he created the army of mohajedin headed by Omar Zayan in Chechnya”.
“When Bin Laden saw that the Afghan people, who were dying of hunger, passed missiles to sheikh Messaoud, he bargained with the Chinese and sold them to them for an enormous sum – I think $10 million dollars – but only after the sheikh had studied them”.
This is the strongest evidence from inside al-Qaida of their Chinese links. However, in March 1999, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman described the reports of acquiring US Tomahawk missiles as “groundless”.
On 11 September 2001, a transport plane from Beijing landed in Kabul. A Chinese delegation had gone to Afghanistan to sign a deal with the Taliban – reportedly brokered by Osama bin Laden – to provide the Afghans with missile-tracking technology, state-of-the-art communications and air-defense systems. In return, the Taliban would order Muslim separatists in northwest China to stop their activities.
But, due to the fall of the Taliban at the hands of opposition forces and the United States, however, “the goods were never delivered”.
Beijing was positioning itself to become America’s “new major enemy.” Bin Laden has traveled to China numerous times to meet with officials there. Reportedly, Osama talked to Chinese about obtaining material to build weapons of mass destruction”.
But, besides WMD, attack on US soil could have been just another probable item on the agenda during one of these visits.
Solid proof of Pakistan’s ISI & 9/11 US attack links!
Is it a mere coincidence that the then ISI chief Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed had been camping in Washington at least for a week prior to the 9/11 attacks? In fact, he was with Republican Congressman Porter Goss and Democratic Senator Bob Graham in Washington, discussing Osama bin Laden over breakfast, when the attacks of 11 September 2001 happened. No, it is not a coincidence but the presence of ISI chief in US was by a conscious design.
Now it is a well known fact that the money 1 lakh US $ was transferred from Pakistan to 9/11 chief conspirator and hijacker Mohammad Atta by Omar Saeed Seikh at the behest of ISI chief Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed. Omar Sayeed Sheikh repeatedly called the ISI DG Lt. General Mahmood Ahmed during the summer of year 2000, when money was transferred. The money was used by Mohammad Atta, an Egyptian, in flight school training fee, their airfare, food and other logistics of the 9/11 hijackers.
Terrorist Omar Sayeed Sheikh, Maulana Masood Azhar and Mohammad Zargar, who were lodged in Indian jails, were released by India in lieu of the safe release of hijacked IC- 814 passengers in Kandahar on 31st December 1999. All hijackers of flight IC-814 were of Pakistani origin. After their release, all Omar Sayeed Sheikh and Maulana Masood Azhar reportedly met Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan all courtesy to ISI. Soon after this crucial meet, ISI facilitated the formation of Jaish-e-Mohammad.
It was not a big wonder if IC- 814 was a pre-run to 9/11 incident. On 29 November 1999, Mohammad Atta reached Karachi via Istanbul in a Turkish Airlines hopping flight. When they went to Bin Laden’s home in Kandahar, Osama bin Laden asked them to pledge loyalty and commit to fidayeen mission in US. After that Mohammad Atta spent some time in Karachi. Agencies have yet to confirm if Mohammad Atta met Yusuf Azhar, brother of Maulana Masood Azhar as he along with Abdul Rauf plotted the Hijack of IC- 814 in Karachi itself. In all likelihood Mohd Atta overseen the IC 814 hijack operation and met Osama bin Laden along with the hijackers of IC-814 and all three released terrorists which India had to release for safe release of Indian passengers.
Maulana Masood Azhar founded Jaish-e- Mohammad in January 2000 in Karachi soon after his release by India. A few months after the release by India Maulana Masood Azhar along with Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi, and Maulana Jamil Ahmed met Taliban Chief Mullah Omar and al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in early May 2000. They reportedly sought Taliban and al-Qaeda’s continued support for jehad in Kashmir valley. Maulana Yusuf Ludhianvi, however, was mysteriously killed soon after this meeting. Incidently, before Azhar’s release from June 1999 onwards, Osama bin Laden along with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was plotting to attack US using air planes. After the release of Maulana Masood Azhar, Omar Saeed Sheikh and Mustaq Ahmed Zargar, Osama’s dream of attacking US came closer to realization. Pakistan’s ISI was in loop for any Logistic support.
Maulana Masood Azhar’s link with Osama bin Laden has long been established by agencies since as early as in 1993 when Masood Azhar on instructions of Osama bin Laden traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to help al- Ittihad al- Islamiya, the Somali Islamic Radical Organisation, for execution of US soldiers. Perhaps Osama bin Laden owed a lot to Maulana Massod Azhar besides the cause of Jehad was also suffering because of his absence as Maulana was lodged in jail in India since 1994. Yusuf Azhar, brother of Maulana Masood Azhar wanted his early release and so as the al-Qaeda. According to the investigator of IC 814, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan was fully supporting the hijackers of IC-814.
It is very much likely that Mohammad Atta could be part of the Command and Control Centre overseeing the Hijack of IC 814 as he was in Pakistan and Afghanistan in December 1999 and January 2000. Not only that modus operandi of 9/11 hijack was later found to be similar to that of IC 814 Hijack. The Hijackers used knife to take control of the flight and passengers. In both the case they attacked passengers with knife. Berger @ Sunny Ahmad Qazi attacked Rupin Katyal and Satnam Singh through knife. Rupin Katyal later succumbed to injuries on board IC 814. On the same theme, on 11 September, 2001, five al-Qaeda terrorists led by Mohammad Atta armed with knives hijacked American Airlines Flight 11. They attacked at least two flight attendants with knives slitting their throat and forced pilots to open the cockpit door mid air.
Mohammad Atta flying the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the Northern façade of the World Trade Center. Similarly, other terrorists operating in group of 5 hijacked other jet liners. The third group was short of one man but hijacked plane wielding knives.
Solid Proof of China’s links with Taliban Regime!
On October 4, 2001, British Prime Minister Tony Blair released information compiled by Western intelligence agencies connecting Osama bin Laden to the Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership as well as being the leader of the al-Qaeda organization. The Taliban government gave safe haven to Osama bin Laden in the years leading up to the attack. Al-Qaeda network had a close relationship with the Taliban army and police.
In October 1999, annual felicitations were conveyed by Mullah Omar (via Radio Shariat) on the occasion of China’s National Day from 1999.
A delegation led by the Ministry of State Security-run think tank, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, visited Kabul and Kandahar in November 2000.
In December 2000, a delegation led by China’s ambassador to Pakistan, Lu Shulin, met with Mullah Omar, following the Taliban’s plea to veto U.S.-Russian moves to tighten U.N. Security Council sanctions (including travel restrictions against Taliban officials).
In the year 2000, China’s Huawei Technologies Co., also accused of helping Iraq to upgrade its military communications system, signed a deal to install 12,000 fixed-line telephones in Kandahar. Another Chinese telecom firm, ZTE, agreed to install 5,000 telephone lines in Kabul after Pakistan provided a counter-guarantee for the project.
In July 2001, a Taliban delegation, led by their Commercial Attaché to Pakistan, spent a week in China as guests of the government. The Chinese Commerce Ministry facilitated their interaction with some Chinese industrialists and businessmen. Chinese Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuan met with a Taliban delegation whilst visiting Pakistan, and agreed to consider the Taliban’s position on U.N. sanctions against Afghanistan.
In August 2001, Osama bin Laden called for cultivating closer Taliban- China ties to reduce U.S. influence.
September 2001, a new protocol on Sino-Taliban commercial relations was inked on September 11: the day of the World Trade Center attacks.
In October 2001, a Taliban military commander, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, told a Pakistani newspaper that China had maintained contacts with the Islamic militia even after U.S. air strikes had begun, and that Beijing was “also extending support and cooperation to the Taliban, but the shape of this cooperation cannot be disclosed.” China’s government described the commander’s statement as a “fabrication.” U.S. intelligence reported that China continued to supply arms (including Chinese-made SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles) to al-Qaeda terrorists after September 11.
A leading intelligence publication reported that a convoy of 3,000 PLA troops crossed into Afghanistan on 5th October 2001. Three additional PLA Convoys were said to follow. Beijing’s troops were ethnic Muslims sent to reinforce the Taliban. The total Chinese reinforcement of the Taliban was about 15,000 troops.
It is also well known that Osama bin Laden’s primary focus has always been U.S. military presence in the Middle East and its pro-Israel policy. He also trained fighters for war in Chechnya against Russia and in Kashmir against India, but he has never made the same effort to train fighters for Xinjiang. This was partly because the Taliban/al-Qaeda network was created and backed by China’s surrogate, Pakistan. Moreover, Beijing’s claims that the Uighurs have been inspired, encouraged and supplied by al-Qaeda and the Taliban stationed in neighboring Afghanistan flies in the face of reality that the part of Afghanistan bordering China was never in Taliban hands but under the Northern Alliance’s control, a constraining factor for any type of relationship between the Uighurs and terrorists across the border. It is also noteworthy that China, with Pakistan’s help, tried all along to prevent the moderate Northern Alliance forces’ victory over the radical Taliban. Besides, China’s “Muslim problem” has never been as serious as India’s in Kashmir or Russia’s in Chechnya. Being an autocratic state, the Chinese communist regime has often resorted to strong-arm tactics and mass executions without worrying about critical media scrutiny or public opinion fallout that democracies like India and Russia have had to contend with.
Solid proof of Chinese PLA contemplating the 9/11 terror attck!
As incredible as it may be to believe, two and a half years before the actual 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Center, a Chinese military manual titled Unrestricted Warfare touted such an attack, suggesting it would be difficult for the U.S. military to cope with.
Senior Col. Qiao Liang and Col. Wang Xiangsui of China’s People’s Liberation touted in their book “Unrestricted Warfare”: “Whether it be the intrusions of hackers, a major explosion at the World Trade Center, or a bombing attack by bin Laden, all of these greatly exceed the frequency bandwidths understood by the American military…” Surprisingly, both WTC & Osama bin Laden were mentioned frequently in their book. “Unrestricted Warfare” was originally published by “PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House” in February 1999, two and a half year before the September 11 attack on US.
9/11 attacks were not simply terror act by a nationless group as al-Qaeda. The attacks were simply not a random act perpetrated by independent agents. Instead, Chinese military planners believe that terrorism is just one of the many tools at the hands of nations and their terrorist allies to wage total war against the United States. The military planner’s touted U.S. as China’s main enemy, and details how a weak nation can destroy America using unorthodox attacks like the 9/11 attacks. And indeed 9/11 attacks challenged U.S. supremacy and paved way for China to rise as superpower. Had US heeded Indian agencies request for US co-operation in the investigation of I C 8 1 4 hijack and acted on intel on the then I S I chief being the money man for prospective attack on US soil, world would have been quiet different. But for China’s unrestricted terror warfare, India has to device a strategy to protect itself from any latent aggression.
Special thanks to Mr. M. Naraynan, Joint Director (Retd), CBI (Chief of Investigations- IC-814 Hijacking Case)
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Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.