‘Missing’ Pakistan operative was in team that trapped Kulbhushan Jadhav

Zahir retired from the Pakistan Army on in 2014 but was said to have been engaged thereafter by the ISI for its covert operations.

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Updated: April 12, 2017 8:23 am
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Muhammad Habib Zahir, the retired Lt Colonel of the Pakistan Army who disappeared from Lumbini near Nepal’s border with India and now suspected to be in Indian custody, was in the team that nabbed Kulbhushan Jadhav in March 2016. Sources in the security establishment have told The Indian Express that Indian agencies had been on Zahir’s trail for long. He was last seen in Lumbini. Monday’s announcement of the Pakistan military court’s decision to award the death penalty to Jadhav, sources said, was tied to the disappearance of Zahir.

“Zahir was at the Indo-Nepal border last week. He was in the team that had trailed Jadhav. There is definitely a connection between the two cases,” an officer said. “No sooner did the Pakistani authorities learn of Zahir’s disappearance, Jadhav was pronounced guilty of being a spy. The purpose is clear. They didn’t want any Indian agency to go public,” the officer said.

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Zahir retired from the Pakistan Army on in 2014 but was said to have been engaged thereafter by the ISI for its covert operations. In 2015, he picked up conversations between Jadhav and his family members and started tracking him, sources said.

“Jadhav used an Indian passport issued in the name of Hussein Mubarak Patel to carry out his dhow business in Iran. Pakistani agencies heard him speaking to his family members in Marathi. Zahir started trailing Jadhav. A trap was laid and Jadhav was apprehended in March 2016,” the officer said.

Sources said Zahir was lured to Nepal with the promise of a “big catch”. The man who turned in Zahir connected with him through a UK phone number to pass “information on a mole”. He met Zahir a couple of times in Oman.

“Zahir arrived in Oman on April 2 and reached Kathmandu the next day. On his arrival in Nepal, he was handed over a SIM card at Bhairawa. Zahir was told that this was to facilitate his communication with a point person. From there, he was made to travel to Lumbini near the border,” the officer said.

Zahir’s family also told the press in Pakistan that he was likely picked by an “enemy spy” agency. A PTI report from Islamabad Monday said Zahir’s son Saad lodged an FIR with Rawat police station near Rawalpindi, saying his father was received in Nepal by one Javed Ansari who took him to Lumbini.

“We suspect that my father has been abducted and enemy spy agencies might be responsible for it,” a police officer quoted Saad as saying. “Enemy” word is often used for India in Pakistani security circles. Zahir last contacted his family on Thursday afternoon and since then his phone numbers have not been reachable.

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First Published on: April 12, 2017 5:10 am
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    khadim hussain
    Apr 16, 2017 at 1:18 pm
    just one thing from ur man made story, if he is really innocent why he need to change his name in original p port as mubarak patel as per ur own version story, I was born in Iran and we have lots of indian friends with their Indian name, is it not illegal in India to make a original p port with fake name???, just one thing if u really want to know about the real story....
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      Raj
      Apr 13, 2017 at 4:57 am
      This is just some drivel concocted by your editorial team. Can we stop unnecessary speculation please. And btw, your new auto comment-moderator truly sucks!
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        Shahzada
        Apr 13, 2017 at 3:29 am
        ye log itny shameless aowr dheet hain ke even they know ke kaboshan fake p port pe tha aowr 2003 se le kear kaye aik ignements ke sath pak aowr iran a, enen iran ki aurthorities ne delhi sarkar ko inform kia us ke doubtful activities ke about.ab jab pakra a wo log jo dunya main apny ap ko m oom kehty hain aowr pori dunya ko apni dekhaty rehty hain ke pk bilawaja marta rehta hai ab hod us atanki ko support ker rahy hain. actually ro apni dharty ma ke baity ke liaye nahi rahy balke un ki agency aowr us ka atank nanga ho a hai. agar ap ne kisaab ke galy main phollon ke haar daly thay tu thek hay us ye ke galay main be wohi haar dal dia jayae ga.bagal main churra aowr mouth main raaam raaam..
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          Sreesheel Sreekumar
          Apr 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm
          stanis are smart, they saved their man from disappearing without a trace ! However, Indian Government should not admit that it is in possession of the operative ! Back Channel !
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            Lion of Pakistan
            Apr 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm
            Good shot indian's more you cry for ur spy it will make more headlines around the world.and World will have idea how and what Raw is bullying around. that what called 'chori aur phir sena zori' its a clear message to india if you send your spy then get ready for his funeral. Yes we know india is Mega power and stand 2 in world po tion but don't forget we stand 6th in the list of 233. Sending Terrorist to stan and cry when the get caught its not only criminal but shameful. Now world is more knowing the fact Indian agencies funding Terror activities around stan and cause hundred thousands of killing of innocent citizens of stan. come on more Moan and cry you moaners we know how to defend ourself
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              Alok Mishra
              Apr 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm
              I dare you if you are a Lion then punish Jadhav and see how India retaliate..... Can you hang have you the guts?.......I Dare.!!.....Even if you hang him , India will. Ensure it murders 20stanis for every such murder.......Go on we are ready with our plans......Whether you murder him or not we will come out of it very nicely.We showed in 1965,1972 ,Kargil who are the Lions , Jadhav's is another opportunity where we can prove our point.......and believe we will grab this opportunity with both hands...... When The ultimate winner is declared it will only validate the past statistics....
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                Yashavantha Belchada
                Apr 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm
                stanis khudke baap ko gadde mein dal sakte apna kaarwane keliye jihad ke naam we khud aish karthe gain air gareeb ko dhakel dete hain Baap me kandhe pe bete ka zanaza WO kya Jane suesh baabu apne kaam lene keliye Kashmir me ladkon ko taste me lekar aaye
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                iceman_fi5
                Apr 13, 2017 at 7:28 pm
                Dear Lion Of stan, Please read the history, stan was defeated in all the 4 wars with India. In 71 war these so called 93K Lions were at the mercy of Indian army who spared the shameless surrendered rapist stan army POW. So keep your tall talks to your illiterate and misinformed people of stan who do not know iota of history
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                  Amit Kumar
                  Apr 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm
                  Friend are there any lions left in your country? The last time I heard someone talked about exporting donkeys to China.
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                  NKSA
                  Apr 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm
                  Well done. next time stay two steps ahead of enemy.
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                    mumbai
                    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:25 pm
                    Appreciate modi government. every one in our nation is very very very happy about the govermental procedures. All citizens want modi to rule the country for ever. The first PM of of this type. If we want to praise modi's talent capablity efficiency capacity this will go pages. All matters gois well with the government and india except only one. That is the safety of cows. A dangerous threat is there for cows our gou mata from muslims. That is why modi's brigade killing muslims to save the cows. developments are there. people enjoying ache din.
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                      sheryar
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                      you are accepting jadhav is indian spy still your agencies caught innocent person shame on india for being so foolish
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                        NKSA
                        Apr 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm
                        innocent person? engage your brain . Modi govt, I am sure will stay 2 steps ahead of crooks henceforth
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                        Venkatraman Shenoy
                        Apr 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                        Nehle pe dehla!
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                          First Last
                          Apr 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                          Dumb es his mission was to destabalize balochistan and karachi places that are already dangerous ing cow er diserves to be hanged stupid dians take parts out of stuff to make them look innocent I hope your country collapses. You think it's going to be a world super power when half of the country (600 million) outside, you treat your country like a bin and toilet should be renamed to bindia.
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                            First Last
                            Apr 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm
                            Dumba ses his mission was to destabalize balochistan and karachi places that are already dangerous f cking cow f cker diserves to be hanged stupid sh tdians take parts out of stuff to make them look innocent I hope your country collapses. You think it's going to be a world super power when half of the country (600 million) sh t outside, you treat your country like a bin and toilet should be renamed to bindia.
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                            Dr.Damodar Biswal
                            Apr 12, 2017 at 11:53 am
                            If at all Zahir is in Indian custody,he should be tortured till he vomits the truth about Kulbhusan n the role pla by ISI in falsely implicating him as an India spy.
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                              sumit
                              Apr 12, 2017 at 10:56 am
                              for tat
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                                Santosh Mishra
                                Apr 12, 2017 at 9:47 am
                                They should trap bigger & les.
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                                  for the
                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 9:29 am
                                  when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stan for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                                    deepu
                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 10:23 am
                                    You stani speaking by changing name......wait for moment we give you treatment worst than 1971 when you give birth to bangladesh...
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                                      for the
                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 10:45 am
                                      that will happen only in your dreams
                                      1. F
                                        for the
                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 10:45 am
                                        that will happen only in your dreams baby....
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                                          Just Me
                                          Apr 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
                                          His dream is the same as your nightmare, porkie. Watch out - we are coming for you.
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                                            for the
                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 11:14 am
                                            hey just me... ARE U IN UR DREAMS? HEY... STAN CAN DESTROY INDIA WITH CHINESE HELP BABY. IF WAR ERUPTS, THIS TIME UR OWN COUNTRY WILL BE DESERTED BY OWN INDIANS LIKE TAMILS, PUNJABIS, KASHMIRIS AND W NORTHEAST INDIANS WHO ALL A WANT SEPARATE COUNTRY ......AND THEY DONT LIKE UR RACIST INDIANS FOREVER...
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                                              for the
                                              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:15 am
                                              HEY JUST ME------ . ARE U IN UR DREAMS? HEY... STAN CAN DESTROY INDIA WITH CHINESE HELP BABY. IF WAR ERUPTS, THIS TIME UR OWN COUNTRY WILL BE DESERTED BY OWN INDIANS LIKE TAMILS, PUNJABIS, KASHMIRIS AND W NORTHEAST INDIANS WHO ALL WANT A SEPARATE COUNTRY ......AND THEY DONT LIKE UR RACIST INDIANS FOREVER.
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                                              N
                                              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:35 am
                                              Violence is not answer for violence. Why Tamil people died in Sri Lanka? It is because of LTTE terrorism. LTTE killed more Tamil ans in Sri Lanka. Indira hi & LTTE Prabhakaran died in violence of their own creation. For The - be a human being. You people are enemies of Humanity. You will be only in dreams and nothing will happen as you think and want. Division of north and south do not work. The people of north want to visit Rameswaram and people of south want to visit Kashi. In every village of this country there is one Rama, Krishna, Shiva, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvathi. People like you need to put in prison.
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                                                Prasad M
                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 11:49 am
                                                Dream forever
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                                                  vikas
                                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                                                  Please separate Baloochistan from Punjabi dominating Porkistan. Or we will do in the same way as we did earlier.
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                                                    N Vaithiya Nathan
                                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                                                    if you really a Tamilian let me know your address. I am from Pattukkottai, Thanjavur District, I will give you mukhti. Nobody can challenge the integrity of India. Tamil Nadu will always be a part of India till the world end. I f u really love tamil nadu, then drive out the drividian politics. Vaithiyanathan
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                                                      Sundar
                                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                                                      I salute you sir, in another article this guy name is mentioned as "Vijay Kartik", he is a separatist with different names around. Some occasion he will get in some nationalist hands and will be torn.
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                                                      theTamil
                                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                                                      What a PORKY doing here
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                                                        mumbai
                                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 4:32 pm
                                                        For the what??? did not you see that nawaz sheriff is shivering now?He can not predict what action is going to be taken. by the way why are talking about tamilnadu?
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                                                        for the
                                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                                        when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stan for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                                                          sri.s
                                                          Apr 12, 2017 at 10:10 am
                                                          Maharashtra is not in north-India. Study your geography first.
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                                                            vikas
                                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 12:19 pm
                                                            Please separate Baloochistan from Punjabi dominating Porkistan. Or we will do in the same way as we did earlier.
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                                                            Samaritan
                                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 10:40 am
                                                            Situation is not similar. Tamil people were living in SriLanka and so they were Srilankans. It is like Indians in US. Those who go to any other Country/Place for better prospects, need to adjust and become a Part of that Society. If they are not grateful, they will have to pay for it.
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                                                              for the
                                                              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:01 am
                                                              fool.............2 kinds of Tamil people have been living in Sri Lanka....1. ancestor Tamils who have been living for the past 2500yrs before the Sinhalese originated 2. Tamils who went for jobs in 19 th century.... .... they were argued for equality only........... if u say they had to pay price for that and also SriLankan Tamils are the citizens of Srilanka ...then u dogs have no rights to express condolence or tell other foreign countries and their governments for those people from India who are settled in foreign countries like USA ,UK, AUSTRALIA, NEWZEALAND AND SO ON when they are attacked by the foreigners because they are their citizens and INDIA does not permit dual citizenship and they are not Indian citizens.................
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                                                                for the
                                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 11:07 am
                                                                I hope all north Indians in USA under DONALD TRUMP will be m acred soon one by one because they don't know how to adjust and become part of that society... and also in UK, AUSTRALIA, NEWZEALAND, ARABIN COUNTRIES etc....i am very happy always whenever the news about north Indians were shot dead in USA, UK, AUSTALIA, NEWZEALAND, ETC....ALL HINDUS IN STAN AND BANGLADESH WILL BE DIED WITHIN FEW YRS...SEE THAT ALSO MAN AND ENJOY .....
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                                                                Rakesh
                                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm
                                                                Instead of blaming center and neighbor states. Ask why DMK and ADMK gov's not built any dams post independence. If they are not fit to give what you want, why did your people took money and elect them. First learn to elect a proper leader and government.
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                                                                Mukund
                                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                                                Had Kulbhushan been a real culprit with strong evidence against him then his case should have been in open civil court allowing him to represent by lawyer of his choice through Indian consulate. W matter appears to be fishy. Such ways never help any nation to build their image internationally. This appears to be a job done by immature officials with no long vision and understanding of politics. It is like when cat drinks milk by closing her eyes she thinks no one can see her. Nevertheless even now they can hand over Kulbhushan to India will be correct step. It may be too late to do anything afterwards which may be kindly noted. Repercussions faced later will be beyond their imagination with no remedy possible. There are several areas where urgent attention is required rather than catching person of other nation and filing false cases for cheap po rity.
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                                                                  for the
                                                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 9:28 am
                                                                  when several Tamil people died in Sri Lankan civil war, u and ur party and the dynasty party as well spoke nothing but when a north Indian was about to be hanged, u speak about consequences....I appreciate the stan for giving the death sentence to a north Indian Hindi dog.....................please separate Tamilnadu from the north Indian racists ............Tamilnadu is the 2nd largest state in terms of GDP and stands in top 5 in HUMAN DEVELOPEMT INDEX though the central govt. has not helped Tamil Nadu for the past 60 years and the nearby states like Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh not releasing enough water to us....
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                                                                    Bharat
                                                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 10:25 am
                                                                    If you consider north Indians as "DOGS", then north Indians have right to call you a Tamil "DOG", Please accept w heartily as we are all INDIANS
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                                                                      for the
                                                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 10:50 am
                                                                      WE r not Indians... and the term India will be erased in history.....because India will be dissolved within 20yrs of time....even the GREAT USSR dissolved finally.....what about the pseudo-India...? read about TARUN VIJAY and his recent comments and he is acting on behalf of M--I dog and his party bjp .....
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                                                                        prasad
                                                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 6:12 pm
                                                                        Dont take him seriously, he is porki troll.
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                                                                      Maheswar Deka
                                                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 9:26 am
                                                                      The situations that an Indian will die in stan and a stani will die in India need to be stopped.Any result is just a corollary of something. Now we talk of relations between India and stan, then, we find that stan has never treated India as its neighbour. Nor does it love India. stan thinks that India controlled Kashmir state should be a part of stan and India' control over it is unjustified dia' view is that the state of Kashmir was merged with India on 26 10 1947 and in the merger of Kashmir, the king of Kashmir had consent. So, India never compelled the king of Kashmir to get state merged with India.Now that Kashmir is a part of India,India has found no justification to cede Kashmir to be merged with any foreign country. stan' advocacy of merger of Kashmir with it rests on religious ground dia being a secular country has nullified the unjustified proposal of stan.
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                                                                        real
                                                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm
                                                                        Don't loose heart! These things happen in diplomacy.We will try to save Jadhav till our last breath , but there is no need to be at mercy of pak! Let agencies work on their own and let's accept the results as they come,good or bad.It's pak who should be worrying about the execution of Jadhav and not India.It will end all the dialogue window and there will be only enemy state to deal with.It's very easy once you declare that.Then you see where pak will go.
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                                                                        AJU
                                                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 9:18 am
                                                                        Bravo R&AW!!! These type of covert activities against Pak should be intensified.
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                                                                          Hafeez Mohommed
                                                                          Apr 12, 2017 at 9:11 am
                                                                          Sad part is there was no natural justice in awarding death sentance
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                                                                            Mohammad Dar
                                                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 8:34 am
                                                                            Display of a typical hindered gutter mind set of a hindu criminal nature, by the hindus criminal by faith. Time for stan to serve justice in the same manors, as was the case by the rules, set for prosecution of kidnapped and hanged innocent stani citizens, for the fabricated terrorism charges in the swamp of hinduism, racism india. Terrorist hindu must be hanged in stan, and his body be held, till every person of stan origin has been returned to , stan.
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                                                                              Anand
                                                                              Apr 12, 2017 at 8:54 am
                                                                              Oh yes......you curse hindu and still hindus are racist.....your er QaidEazam was racist who devised the two nation theory...... s ...u pigs would be annhilated soon.
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                                                                                Mohammad Dar
                                                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 10:14 am
                                                                                Not based on hinduism racism, but separated from hind crime of hinduism racism, for the human equality, and equal accountability. because hindrance to truth hinduism racism is not a faith, but a crime against humanity, wrapped in a ugly wrapper of religion, to fool humanity.
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                                                                                ansuman
                                                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 9:02 am
                                                                                This is coming from a brainless Madrasa product who happen to be a converted one.Don't worry -your Islamic dream will never come true and soon you will also see your 72 s ( If you are enough to believe this ).
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                                                                                  romi
                                                                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 9:44 am
                                                                                  look at arab world & your own country muslims killing eachother & you call hindus criminal ?
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