I share your scepticism and the reason why I posted was to try to start a discussion on what the reasons behind the US' recent obsession on Hameed Gul.
First, I don't think that Gul being one of the planners of Mumbai is far fetched. It is in fact VERY plausible because:
1. Gul has and still admits today that he is an "advisor" to LeT
2. See this
. Gul says:
The West was willing to listen to India and even pamper it because of its vibrant economy, particularly the large domestic market; Pakistan had nothing remotely comparable. To prevail over its traditional enemy, Pakistan would have to expend its energies undermining the Indian economy and fragmenting the internal market.
Attacking economic targets to bring India to its knees is a theory advanced by Gul openly for years. Given that and his LeT ties, it is very much possible that they tapped Gul for target identification and strategic parts of the terror campaign.
Now, why is the US getting a "khujli" for Gul now?
My theory is that US desperately wants India not to push the "serving ISI" aspect of Mumbai regardless of evidence. All US officials have gone out of the way to exonerate the serving ISI leadership and Kayani. I think it has to do with whatever GUBO deal they have cut with them on that aircraft carrier. The Americans want to keep this TSPA leadership team. Thus to mollify India, they have publicly come out with support for the "LeT did it, with retired
ISI/TSPA help" theory.
Anyone who takes Gul's words "supporting" India at its face value must be high on something strong. This man smiles and blames "Hindu extremists" even as he ordered terror attacks on India. Just read his comments on India in the Urdu media to get his real feelings for our country. There is not a day that goes by where Gul is not quoted as seeking a dismemberment of India and "reabsorption" inti Pakistan. So much for his pro-India views.
I never thought I'd see a day when BR would have Hamid Gul supporters. Quite pathetic.