On 28th November 2008 just two days after the attacks in Mumbai a hoax telephone caller pretending to be the Indian Foreign Minister led the nuclear-armed Pakistani military to a state of high alert , in the belief that India might be moving towards armed action against their country in the wake of the Mumbai killings.
The call, to the Pakistani President, Asif Ali Zardari, was purportedly from India’s Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee. Made late on 28 November, at the height of the crisis between the two countries over Mumbai, the call was put through by Mr Zardari’s staff without the usual checks on its authenticity. During the conversation Mr Mukherjee appeared to threaten Pakistan with war unless it acted against those who attacked Mumbai.
According to a report of the incident in the Pakistani daily Dawn, since confirmed by diplomats, the hoax caller provoked a crisis because Pakistan believed his threat of military action was real. Some senior Pakistani officials spoke of moving troops from the border with Afghanistan to the frontier with India.
“It’s true,” a diplomat with knowledge of the exchanges told Reuters when asked whether the report was correct.
The call by a man identifying himself as Pranab Mukherjee was put through to Zardari on November 28, the report said. The report said the caller spoke in a “threatening manner”. Dawn said the country’s air force was put on high alert in response to the call. It said it came from a New Delhi number , but that Indian officials believed the caller ID could have been manipulated.
Finally, the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, called Mr Mukherjee in the middle of the night to ask why he was making threats of war. He protested that he had never phoned Pakistan’s President. It is still not known who made the fake call, which came from Delhi. Pakistanis speculated that it might have come from within India’s Ministry of External Affairs, but India said that said no calls were made from there at the appropriate time. More astonishing is the ease with which the caller was put through without any check on his identity. Most governments monitor important calls so they can be authenticated immediately, and the conversation subsequently analysed.
During this time, it was also revealed, an attempt was also made by the mysterious caller, claiming to be the Indian external affairs minister, to speak to the US Secretary of State, but due to specific checks laid down by the Americans, the call couldn’t get through to Dr Rice.
Since then investigators have tried to track down the number from where the call was made. Some of the senior diplomats and intelligence officials are convinced the source of the mischief was someone in the Indian external affairs ministry. They base their case on the Caller ID, which established a Delhi number. On the other hand, the Indians have told the Americans that no call was made from any of the numbers of the external affairs ministry, and have hinted at the possibility of manipulation in the caller ID.
The whole story first broke in the largest Pakistani newspaper Dawn
Exactly a year later in 2009 Dawn newspaper reported that the hoax call was by jailed terrorist’ Omar Saeed Sheikh from inside Hyderabad jail. It was on the night of Nov 26 last year that Saadia Omar, Omar Sheikh’s wife, informed him about the carnage in Mumbai. The sources said that the information was passed on to Omar in Hyderabad jail through his mobile phone, which he was secretly using without the knowledge of the administration.
Omar also called the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, Gen Kayani who immediately spoke to the chief of the Inter Services Intelligence, Lt- Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha.But Maj Gen Athar Abbas, the military spokesman, finds the report unbelievable. ‘I am not his (Army chief’s) operator. I don’t know who puts calls through to him, but I think this can’t be true,’ said an incredulous Athar Abbas.Jailed militant`s hoax calls drove India, Pakistan to brink of war
It would be practically impossible for a jail inmate to hoax or manipulate the caller ID Either the whole story is false or Omar Sheik had some accomplices within the Pakistani establishment
Its hard to believe a jailed terrorist (even one with alleged MI6 links) could con the Prime Minister AND the Army Chief of Pakistan from a jail cell with a stolen mobile and SIM card and manipulate caller ID
The Dawn report exactly one year after seems to be an afterthought to save face
Which begs the question WHO could mask all those calls to four high security high tech phones and Why ???
It wasnt the Americans who actually sent their Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice to India to defuse the situation It wasn’t the Russians British French either None had any motive to foment an Indo Pak war which could escalate into the Worlds First Nuclear War
Of course the whole hoax could be the work of blood thirsty hawks in India or Pakistan .…….or not
The only other group interested in an India Pakistan War are those who formulated the Ben Gurion Plan
In the words of David Ben Gurion Israels first Prime Minister
QUOTE The world Zionist movement should not be neglectful of the dangers of Pakistan to it. And Pakistan now should be its first target, for this ideological State is a threat to our existence. And Pakistan, the whole of it, hates the Jews and loves the Arabs. This lover of Arabs is more dangerous to us than the Arabs themselves. For that matter, it is most essential for the world Zionism that it should now take immediate steps against Pakistan.
Whereas the inhabitants of the Indian peninsula are Hindus whose hearts have been full of hatred towards Muslims, therefore India is the most important base for us to work there from against Pakistan.It is essential that we exploit this base(India) and strike and crush Pakistanis, the enemies of Jews and Zionism, by all disguised and secret plans.— END QUOTE
The role of Israelis at Chabad House at in Mumbai during the 26/11 attack has been suspicious
The assassination of Hemant Karkare effectively killed the investigation into Sangh terrorism and Israeli help to Sangh terrorists seeking to overthrow the Government of India
The Israeli SIGNIT Unit called Unit 8200 is perfectly capable of conducting such fake calls
The media in both India and Pakistan did not consider it important enough to check out who had orchestrated such an elaborate hoax who had the expertise to con a Prime Minister & COAS and why would anyone want to start a war between nuclar armed states
Was someone trying to execute the Ben Gurion Plan?