Attack on parliament had triggered a large scale army mobilization under code name ‘Operation Parakram’. The mobilization alerted Pakistan who also mobilized its military to the border creating a tense atmosphere between both countries in the following months. In their upcoming book The Exile, two British authors Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark had claimed that the attack was planned to incite India and to produce a war like situation. “Operation Parakram’ helped as a distraction in facilitating Al-Qaida chief Osama Bin laden to escape.
Once the deployment of army at the passage, something bigger was needed to move the battalion and help Al Qaeda chief escape. Confirming the Indian Intelligence agencies claims that attack on parliament was carried out by terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and was well planned with the logistical assistance received by another terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba. Al Qaeda and some US Officials were in contact and were working on secret negotiations.
A Libyan Al Qaeda commander Ibn Sheikh al- Libi was mediating a surrender deal between both sides till December 11. Al-Libi had been Osama’s trusted aide since the beginning and helped CIA in starting a Mujahideen training camps during 1980s. Levy says al Libi communicated with the US officials to extend the surrender deal on December 11 and 12. However, after the attack on Indian parliament on December 13, the communication stopped. Soon after around 6000 Pakistani troops were mobilized towards Indian borders, leaving a safe passage for Al Qaeda chief and his commanders to escape the caves of Tora Bora.
As per estimate the mobilization of military costed India US$3.4 billion and Pakistan US $1.4 billion. India lost 789 soldiers while laying down mines and minor skirmishes and cross firing without fighting an actual war. Levy had maintained that mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad ensured the security of Al Qaeda fighters. Khalid had also met Let head Hafiz Saeed. US officials have also come through some documents which proved a link between Al Qaeda and LeT.
The documents landed in the hands of US when it captured Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Ramzi bin al-Shibh in Pakistan. The documents made CIA believe that Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI knew all secret details of Al Qaeda and LeT came in contact with the outfit only through ISI. Levy further claims that some ISI officials and Jihadi groups were prepared for regional tension even including the threat of nuclear attack to ensure the escape of Osama and his aides.