UPDATED, see below
India New England recently reported on Sharon, MA former imam Muhammad Masood's arraignment. The article didn't mention Masood's brother Hafiz Saeed, Pakistani terrorist whose organization Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) is responsible for bombings and attacks in Kashmir and India.
"Federal prosecutors have filed criminal fraud charges against embattled former Imam Muhammad Masood in an escalation of immigration proceedings already leveled against the former Islamic Center of New England leader. A 36-page criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office accuses Masood, of Sharon, Mass., of "lying repeatedly" to federal officials in visa applications and in sworn interviews regarding facts surrounding his immigration status. Masood, his son Hasan, and brother Hafiz Abdul Hannan (imam of Islamic Society of Greater Lowell) were arrested on immigration charges in November 2006 as part of a nationwide crackdown on immigration fraud."
Not a peep in the article about Hafiz Saeed, founder of LeT, who is Masood's brother and Hannan's brother-in-law. You'd certainly expect an Indian newspaper to cover that! After all, Muhammad's brother Saeed is responsible (or strongly implicated) in numerous explosions and attacks in South India, such as last week's twin explosions in Hyderabad(photo source here), in addition to attacks in the Kashmir region:
"It was in 2000 that the head of the Markaz-ud-Da'wa-wal-Irshad and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, declared that Kashmir was a 'gateway to capture India' and that campaigns in Hyderabad (and Junagadh, Gujarat) were the 'highest priorities'..... There has been an augmenting effort by the LeT and other groups.... to increase presence and activities in the South. The repeatedly declared intention to target Indiaâ's growing economic sinews has also resulted in escalated threat perceptions in the more dynamic cities of the South, particularly Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai."
Good article here about Islamic terrorists moving into India's emerging IT boom cities.
More on Hafiz Saeed's explicitly stated plans against India from Wilson John, writer, reporter and Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi (John blogs here):
"About a fortnight before two blasts rocked Hyderabad on August 25, 2007, Lashkar-e-Tayeba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed told a gathering at Lahore that he has started a movement to occupy Muslim populated regions in India."
"He said Pakistan must reclaim Muslim areas like J&K, Hyderabad, Junagarh, Munabao and West Bengal which, he said, was forcibly occupied by India in 1947. Saeed even released a new map of Pakistan incorporating these areas. A week before Saeed spoke, an al Qaeda video footage warned India of renewed terrorist attacks."
"These two statements are not mere jihadi rhetoric, but a clear indication of how terrorists, now increasingly grouping under the overarching umbrella of al Qaeda across the world, are stepping up operations against India. "
Maybe Masood and Hannan don't support their close relative's calls for Muslims to rule over Kashmir, India and eventually, the world. I'm not saying they're automatically guilty by association. But this close connection of an international Al-Quaeda-type terrorist to two imams (used to be three) in Massachusetts certainly deserves mention, scrutiny and some investigative journalism. How do we know LeT isn't setting up terrorist cells here? How do we know LeT isn't raising funds here?
As I've said before, reporters never mention Billy Bulger without talking about Whitey Bulger. So why do Masood and Hannan get mentioned without a peep about Hafiz "Jihad Has Been Ordained by Allah" Saeed? I'm not surprised that the Boston Globe ignores this association. I'm very surprised that India New England does.
UPDATE: Abdullah Muntazir from Jamat Dawah left a comment below. He takes issue with the statement attributed to Hafiz Saeed in John Wilson's article that Saeed has "started a movement to occupy Muslim populated regions of India." I responded to his comment below. I've read all manner of radical Islamic supremacist statements from Saeed, some at the JaD website. Muntazir doesn't take issue with any of the other material from this blog entry!
UPDATE 2: Wilson John isn't the only person who heard Hafiz Saeed say those things. So did Sameer Arshad of The Times of India, as he writes in this 9-10-2007 article, LeT Vowed to Liberate Hyderabad:
"Slamming Pakistani rulers, JD chief Hafiz Mohammad Sayed said: 'They have allied with evil; they have no right to celebrate Independence Day. The day reminds us of supreme sacrifices and martyrdom. Pakistan is duty-bound to liberate Kashmir, Junagadh, Manvadar and Hyderabad.' He said JD's stand on Kashmir hadn't changed, and that jehad was the only solution. Back channel diplomacy, bus services, trade and commerce are not going to work, he said."