Sunday, July 15, 2007


Surprisingly little has been written in the Indian blogosphere about Mohammad Haneef, charged in Australia as having -- recklessly but without intention -- supported terrorism in the UK. As a forum that has written forcefully against Islamic terrorism, it seemed appropriate for this blog to make an observation on this matter.

Haneef is a cousin of a vicious terrorist to whom he gave a SIM card. He was also hurrying to leave Australia in the immediate aftermath of the failed UK attacks.

These facts make it imperative that he be thoroughly investigated. Australia is well within its rights to ensure the safety of its citizens.

If Haneef is found guilty of willing and knowing complicity, we would support the harshest possible punishment for him. Further, even if the investigation leads to little in terms of any real complicity, it would be prudent for Australia to deport him back to India. We would likely do the same if there were a Pakistani cousin of the terrorist Sheikh Omar found in odd circumstances, however explainable, in India.

What India must not accept (and what will undoubtedly damage our nascent strategic relationship with Australia) is Haneef's imprisonment notwithstanding any absence of evidence that proves his willing complicity in the abhorrent UK terror attacks. The Government of India needs to be proactive in making this crystal clear to John Howard.

We must provide all needed support for Australia and the UK to complete a thorough investigation of the horrific affair. We must not, however, silently tolerate innocent Indians being railroaded by overzealous Australian prosecutors and politicians cynically playing to the understandable fears of their people.


The Comic Project said...

But the Indian Government has lived with the nonsense that Australia has doled out .. in the same wimpish way our cricketers handle the sledging from the foulmouthed aussies.

Like you said..Australia has a right to protect itself but its conduct in this matter is disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Cool blog friend. Saw you over at Robi Sen's blogroll. I'll have to keep an eye on your work here.

Anonymous said...

This post will interest you and your readers...particularly the comments section, where you can see the contrast between our response to the Indian suspects held after the Madrid blasts and Dr Haneef.

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