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Pro and Anti oaths were at Mecca on ‘Deviant ideas’. The Abqaio Attack was the first direct attack by Al-Qaeda on a Saudi oil installation. Arrested militants were in the process to repeat the 9/11 to destroy oil wells especially. This is recent wakeup call for all oil consuming countries specially India for advancing as quickly as possible to the target of reducing dependence on oil from unstable regions.
Saudi TV and Al-Arabiya reported that the militants pledged
allegiance to the leader of the main cell during a ritual in
Mecca, the Saudi city and the holiest city of Islam. A sheikh
appearing on Saudi TV referred to the pledge at the holy site as
an affront to the religion.
The operation was
launched with intelligence gleaned from the interrogations of suspects
arrested in the unsuccessful February 2006 attack on the world's largest
oil processing facility in Abqaiq, in eastern Saudi Arabia. Saudi
authorities rounded up forty militant suspects a month later. However,
he said it's no secret the United States and Saudi Arabia work closely
The Abqaio Attack was
the first direct attack by Al-Qaeda on a Saudi oil installation,
although Osama bin Laden, in a December 2004 audio message, had called
for attacks against oil, and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, repeated the
call in autumn 2005. In a website message claiming responsibility for
the Abqaiq attack, “al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” said it was part
of al-Qaeda’s “war against the Christians and Jews to stop their pillage
of Muslim riches and part of the campaign to chase them out of the
With over 260 billion
barrels of proven reserves - a quarter of the world's total - Saudi
Arabia's oil industry has already been a target of Islamic extremists.
In 2003, Al-Qaeda on the above said direction was carrying out suicide
bomb attacks on foreigners and government installations, including the
May 2004, attack
In May 2004,
attackers stormed the offices of a Houston-based oil company in the
western Saudi oil hub of Yanbu and killed 22 people, 19 of them
The Saudi Arab
ministry issued a statement saying the detainees were planning to carry
out suicide attacks against "public figures, oil facilities, refineries
... and military zones" — some of which were outside the kingdom
They had the
personnel, the money, the arms. Almost all the elements for terror
attacks were complete except for setting the zero hour for the attacks.
Some had begun
training on the use of weapons, and some were sent to other countries to
study aviation in preparation to use them to carry out terrorist
operations inside the kingdom.
Seizure of 20
million Saudi riyals ($5.3 million)
The militants also
planned to storm Saudi prisons to free the inmates, the statement said.
More than 20 million Saudi riyals ($5.3 million) was seized in the
operation, one of the largest sweeps against terror cells in the
The Saudi statement
said some of the military targets were outside the kingdom.
cache buried in the desert
Large weapons cache
discovered buried in the desert. The arms included bricks of plastic
explosives, ammunition cartridges, handguns, computers and rifles
wrapped in plastic sheeting.
source said some of the confiscated weapons had been hidden in the
desert for years.
Those arrested are
Saudis and citizens of other Arab and African countries. Including
Yemenis and some Nigerians.
said the suspects, mostly Saudis, had been "influenced by the deviant
ideology", a reference frequently used by Saudi officials to refer to
Mohammed bin Nayef, the assistant interior minister and effective
counter terrorism chief, has told diplomats that only 20 percent of the
problem can be tackled with police work; the other 80 percent must be
combated by countering the deviancy of al-Qaeda’s interpretation of
Sabha MP Balbir Punj wrote in an article: “Summit of Organisation of
Islamic Conference (OIC) at Mecca, where leaders of 57 Muslim countries
converged, resolved to fight against ‘deviant ideas'. By ‘Deviant ideas'
they did not mean Leftist, secular or Western ideas, as it might Saudi
Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal first raised the issue of
‘deviant ideology’on the eve of the Mecca Summit. However, Saudi
Arabia's own credentials expose its doublespeak. The ruling dynasty of
the Kingdom, the House of Saud, is guided by Wahabi ulema.”
1961, it founded the Islamic University of Medina as an alternative to
Egypt's Al Azhar University. Pakistani radical Islamist Maulana Abu
al-Ala Mawdudi was one of the trustees of the university.
1967, King Abdul Aziz University was established; it too, catered to
foreign students injecting in them the Wahabi ideology. The twin
universities became hothouses for the growth of Islamist ideology.
were fortifying the intellectual infrastructure of terrorism rather than
curbing it. They were, by no stretch of the imagination, promoting
moderation or toleration.
Moreover, Prophet’s Sunna, which means Muslims should try to replicate
what the Prophet did or said, binds Muslims. Thus Maulana Hussain Ahmed
Madani (1879-1957), who served as President of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind for
17 years and opposed Jinnah's two-nation theory, spoke of 'composite
nationalism' amongst Hindu and Muslims against British rule on the lines
of Prophet Mohammed and his followers from the Quraish and Ansar tribes
forming an alliance with the Jews of Medina.
in that entire speech of 1938 (now published as booklet, Composite
Nationalism and Islam by Manohar Publishers), proves his mind is fully
in Arabia although he was born and died in Uttar Pradesh. However, he
stopped short of saying whether with the fight with the British, the
"enemy of Islam" was dead. His ambiguity leaves little to the
imagination: That there would be no departure from the original Quranic
texts that condemn idoltars as fit to be killed.
Interrogation of the three alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba militants arrested by
the Special Cell of the Delhi police near Dilli Haat on April 26 evening
has revealed that they were planning to target functions being organised
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First War of Independence.
Muslims and Hindus fought against British rule combined in 1857. It is
unfortunate that present UPA government and left strengthen the hands of
terrorists including LeT by their policiy of appeasement and ‘divide and
rule’ of Britishers. Caste and religion based quota is the example of
Strangely, OIC never finds any ‘deviant ideology’ at work in Jammu &
Kashmir. Like always, it passed a resolution calling for implementation
of the plebiscite formula recommended by the UN in 1949. But it had
nothing to say about the jihadis of Kashmir - whether they are being
‘deviant' or not.
by driving out Kashmiri Hindus, Muslims have indulged in ‘deviant
ideology’. Similarly, OIC has nothing to say about persecution of
minorities in Bangladesh, a member country, since Muslims claims that
minorities were well protected under the Caliphate.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, in his message to the world
community after the London blasts on July 21, deplored that more
students in Islamic world gravitate towards theological rather than
scientific studies, and this explains that the Muslim world is in a
shambles. As long as religious curricula dominate, purging few verses
will not be engaged.
dependence on foreign oil and natural gas
Americans consume 25 percent of the world's produced oil, but our nation
holds less than 3 percent of the world's proven oil reserves. America is
super power of the world. Saudi Arab is its closed ally. It purchased
Pakistan through Mush as it did always. Still America worried and wants
to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and gas.
India super power as America? Why should we not precede quickly to
reduce foreign dependency for oil and gas?
government’s energy policies are failing. The administration is still
without a strategy for reducing India?s dangerous and costly dependence
on fossil fuels, undermining national, economic, and environmental
needs a new energy strategy that will reduce dependence on foreign oil
and natural gas, confront the threat posed by climate change, and
protect vital energy infrastructure
UPA boldly tries to consider the Iranian Gas Pipe line through the
Pakistan. Though Baloach freedom fighters damaged even the Pakistani
Pipe Lined there.
Biodiesel could be an important renewable substitute for fossil fuels.
And, in certain parts of the world, governments and some corporations
consider the jatropha plant, common in hot climates, one of the most
promising sources of bio-diesel. The plant can grow in wastelands, and
it yields more than four times as much fuel per hectare as soybean, and
more than ten times that of corn. But the commercial-scale cultivation
of jatropha, which has not previously been grown as a crop, raises
several significant challenges.
year, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an Indian research
group, launched a 10-year, $9.4 million project to research issues
involved in taking jatropha from seed to filling station. One challenge
is growing the plant in poor soil India's Big Plans for Biodiesel
pursues ethanol technology as key to reducing oil dependence
more than six billion gallons of ethanol that will be produced this year
have already helped push corn to its highest price in years, raising the
cost of everything from tortillas to chicken feed. Poor people in Mexico
have protested against the higher prices, and now China and India are
starting to suffer from food inflation.
has no one figured out a way to make ethanol from materials like the
sugar cane wastes engineers are working with in Jennings?
By Premendra Agrawal