Posts Tagged ‘Marriott

26
Sep
08

Solving 9-20: Questions still unanswered!

The suicide blast that left scores of people dead and hundreds injured raises some very important questions and speculations that need to be answered. There are far too many ambiguities in the chain of events before, during, and even after the attack that raises eyebrows. Here are some of the those questions:

1- The Mysterious US Embassy Truck

2- The Blue-Flamed Fire on 4th and 5th Floor

3- The CCTV Footage That Ends Abruptly

4- The Gas Pipeline Claim

5- The CDA’s Uncharged Batteries

6- Intelligence Reports – Neglected or Planted?

7- Building the case for devaluing Pakistan

1- The Mysterious US Embassy Truck

Why was a US embassy truckload of steel boxes unloaded and shifted inside the Marriott Hotel on the same night when Admiral Mike Mullen met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and others in Islamabad? This was two nights before the Marriott attack. It is questionable as to why both the main gates (the entrance and the exit) of the hotel were closed while no one except the US Marines were either allowed to go near the truck or get the steel boxes unloaded or shift them inside the hotel. None of the hotel staff or security were authorized to be any where near the truck. Who gave this authorization? Was it the owner Hashwani?

Furthermore, these steel boxes were transported by hand to the 4th and 5th floors of the hotel WITHOUT going through the scanners installed at the hotel’s lobby entrance. Why was this allowed in the first place?

Washington has tried to clear the air by saying that the steel boxes in question were in fact part of the equipment that moves along with any high ranking official’s visit (Admiral Mullen in this case). If this is so then how come no explanation was given at the time these boxes were being transported. Why now?

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23
Sep
08

Join In: The Citizen’s Trust For Victims of Terror

Dear readers,

We have all witnessed the destruction and loss of life from various suicide bombings and acts of terror over the last couple of years. Some of us might have even suffered the loss of a near and dear one in this horrific ordeal as well. Victims of such attacks are often the poor and needy who are just out there to make an honest living. Those who die or are seriously injured in the name of duty deserve our help and support.

The Citizen’s Trust for Victims of Terror runs on your donations and aims at meeting the following two objectives:

1. Rehabilitating those Injured / Amputated during such attacks.
2. Welfare and Education of Dependents of the Martyrs

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Account Details for Donations
The account below will be used for the donations:

Pakistan Social Association
1001407
Muslim Commercial Bank
F10 Markaz Branch,
Islamabad, Pakistan

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Please see the detailed mission statement of the trust fund that has been set up below and feel free to generously give what you can. In this holy month of Ramadan, many families have lost their sole bread-winners. Do a good deed today. I urge you all to take a step forward and make a difference.

For more information, please go to The Citizen’s Trust Blog or contact them on thecitizenstrust@gmail.com

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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.

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21
Sep
08

9-20: Al-Qaeda tape called for Pakistan attacks

UPI has reported that the deadly bombing of a Pakistan hotel came after Al-Qaida released a tape exhorting followers to step up attacks in the country.In a 90-minute tape produced by Al-Qaida to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a group leader calls for Pakistani targets to be hit. Although no one has officially claimed responsibility for the attack on Marriott but the tape is being considered as a strong link.

The senior Al-Qaida leader Mustafa Abu Yazzid says on the tape:

And we tell the jealous people of mujaheddin of Pakistan that in order for the jihad in Afghanistan to continue and be victorious, you must stand with your brothers the mujaheddin in Afghanistan to fight the puppet regime of Pakistan and its aggressive and tyrannical army and strike the interest of the crusader allies in Pakistan.

Yazzid also claimed responsibility for an attack earlier this year on the Danish embassy in Islamabad, which was said to be retaliation for the publication of cartoons in Denmark that Yazzid said mocked the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

21
Sep
08

9-20: CCTV Footage of Attack Released

The CCTV footage of the attack on the Marriott was shown during Rehman Malik’s press conference. The camera focusing on the entry gates shows a car arriving at the barriers, which is searched and allowed to enter. Then a truck comes in from the right and rams the closed barrier but fails to break through, also suffers a tire-burst, security guards initially run out of the way, but then approach the truck at which point there is an explosion in the driving cabin and the front screen blows out, as the fire rapidly takes hold of the truck, the security guards show tremendous courage and sense of responsibility by trying every means to extinguish the fire but it’s beyond their control.

The truck was full of tnt, plastic explosives and aluminum, which was first time used in this attack and hence became the cause of raging fires that engulfed the entire hotel.

Watch the video acquired via The Pakistani Politics on YouTube below

21
Sep
08

9-20: US Marines shifted mysterious steel boxes in to Marriott

Was there a top secret and mysterious operation of the US Marines going on inside the Marriott when it was attacked on Saturday evening? No one will confirm it but circumstantial evidence is in abundance.

Witnessed by many, including a PPP MNA and his friends, a US embassy truckload of steel boxes was unloaded and shifted inside the Marriott Hotel on the same night when Admiral Mike Mullen met Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and others in Islamabad.

Both the main gates (the entrance and the exit) of the hotel were closed while no one except the US Marines were either allowed to go near the truck or get the steel boxes unloaded or shift them inside the hotel. These steel boxes were not passed through the scanners installed at the entrance of the hotel lobby and were reportedly shifted to the fourth and fifth floors of the Marriott.

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21
Sep
08

9/20: Pakistan Under Attack

Hotel Marriott in Islamabad burns

UPDATE: Sept 22 / 10:07 AM

Second American dead in blast

UPDATE: Sept 22 / 6:05 AM

Czech ambassador to Pakistan confirmed dead in Marriott suicide blast

Danish Intelligence agent missing after Marriott blast

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 2:45 AM

Initial reports claim lone suicide bomber carried out blast

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 10:53 PM

Al-Qaeda tape called for Pakistan attacks

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 8:32 PM

CCTV Footage of Attack Released

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 12:07 PM

US Marines shifted mysterious steel boxes in to Marriott

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 06:40 AM

Statement on the Explosion at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel by Bill Marriott

At approximately 7:00 p.m. local time, an apparent car bomb exploded outside of the Islamabad Marriott in Pakistan. The bomb caused extensive damage to the front of the hotel and started a fire. Marriott International and the hotel are working with local authorities and rescue personnel to assist victims. News reports indicate numerous people were killed and injured in the blast. “We live in a dangerous world and this is a terrible tragedy. We grieve for those people who died, or were injured, and their families,” said Bill Marriott.

UPDATE: Sept 21 / 06:30 AM

Pakistan government was aware of a possible attack by terrorists in the capital

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Suicide bomber rammed a 1000 KG explosives-laden truck into the main gate of Marriott Hotel around 8pm
– Explosion left a 25-foot deep and 30-foot wide crater
– Entire area turned to rubble
– Gas pipeline burst keeping the hotel building ablaze for hours

– Fears of Marriott building collapsing after the blast
– Buildings within a 3-km radius were damaged, including Frontier House and PTV building
– Powerful explosion heard as far as 30 kilometers away

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