22
Sep
08

‘fedayeen Of Islam’ Claim Bombing Marriott Hotel

A claim to the Marriott Islamabad suicide bombing has come! Much to my surprise, it is not from Al-Qaeda or Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) or any covert spy agency. It is, according to DAWN.COM, a claim by a shadowy group calling itself ‘Fedayeen of Islam‘! That too in a telephone call to Dubai-based, pan-Arab news channel by the name of Al-Arabiya television,

Hmm…!

Its correspondent in Islamabad said he received a text message on his mobile phone showing a telephone number, which he called and then heard a recording in which the group admitted launching Saturday’s attack. The speaker on the recording spoke in English ‘with a South Asian accent,’ he said.
The group also issued several demands including for Pakistan to stop its cooperation with the United States, al Arabiya said:

A suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with more than half a tonne of explosives into the security gates of the luxury hotel, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 260 in a massive fireball.

The speaker alleged that the attack was carried out by a ‘martyrdom-seeker’ — suicide bomber — while 250 US Marines and American and NATO officials were in the hotel.

If you ask me, there are far too many pot-holes to this claim. Firstly, the only viable search for this so called organization boils down to an Iranian fundamentalist group/secret society that was founded in 1946 by a theology student named Navab Safavi. They majorly operated within Iran with focus on following the sharia, to demand prohibitions of alcohol, tobacco, opium, films, gambling, the amputation of hands of thieves, a ban on foreign clothes, an elimination of all non-Muslim subjects, such as music, from school curriculum, and the veiling of women. But Navab Safavi and other key members of this group were finally executed in 1995 and since then there has been rarely any word of them so to speak!

Another link came from some one who mentioned that this group was formed by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the founder and leader of the Hezb-e Islami political party and paramilitary group. He was a rebel military commander during the 1980s Soviet war in Afghanistan and fought in the civil war that followed the Soviet withdrawal. He held the office of Prime Minister of Afghanistan from 1993 to 1994 and again in 1996. Again, on his Wikipedia profile, there is no mention of him starting this so called group!

Someone is spinning a big web of deception and countless misleads to mark up a nice big juicy scapegoat. I am sure the answer is much closer to home than we imagine.

This attack was symbolic and very personal. It carried one single message no matter how you look at it:  “You are not safe!”

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3 Responses to “‘fedayeen Of Islam’ Claim Bombing Marriott Hotel”


  1. 1 Hassaan
    September 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    ‘martyrdom-seeker’
    The only thing that @$$%&^# got is a ticket straight to hell
    I don’t know why they drag Islam into this
    There was nothing Islamic about suicide bombings
    It is everything opposite of what Islam stands for


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