Pakistan’s open support to Al- Qaeda and Taliban

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Pakistani government and it’s powerful military’s open defiance of US in the war against terror by not permitting US and NATO forces to battle Al- Qaeda’s and Taliban in Pakistani territory. Essentially making both these terror groups protected as well as strengthened. The latest Pakistani government action not only shows, its not  being committed to the US-led “war on terror” but effective protection of mainline Taliban and al-Qaeda and also because offensives turned into truces before the job was finished. Pakistani government and it’s powerful military’s non- commitment to the fight against Islamic terror affects many of us – the majority of serious terror plots in the US Europe and UK lead back in some way to Pakistan, which has also become a launch pad for the growing insurgency in neighboring Afghanistan.

 

Islam and Pakistan are the two most important uniting forces of all terrorists. In recent years the radical Islamic ideology of Middle Eastern militants such as bin Laden has spread among the Pashtun tribes in Pakistan, providing a new language and justification for age-old resentments against central authority, buttressed by new ideas about ‘the global attack on Islam by the West’ and a powerful call to ‘jihad’.

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The ongoing violence in south-west Asia is simple to explain: the Taliban, reconstituted after the defeat of 2001, and with the help of al-Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden and his key lieutenants such as Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Yahya al-Libi, are battling their way back to power in Afghanistan and, perhaps worse, fast making progress towards seizing power in nuclear-capable Pakistan.

Over recent years it has become increasingly obvious that bin Laden’s al-Qaeda group has been able to rebuild a version of the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan that existed in Afghanistan in the late Nineties.

 

Volunteers, many of them British, have traveled in a steady stream to training camps. They have included key members of the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai blasts in India, 9/11 and 7/7 London bombing plot and those convicted in the recent Operation Crevice trial. A new ‘high command’, including a high proportion of Egyptians and Saudis, has taken on the task of directing strikes around the globe, and providing technical and financial assistance to chosen allies in Afghanistan.

 

Ex- President General Pervez Musharraf had signed a controversial peace deal with the Pakistan-based Taliban groups, which has resulted in a new assertiveness displayed by the Islamic radicals in these Pashtun-dominated, semi-autonomous border areas.

Afghanistan government has long accused Pakistan of supporting the Taliban and al-Qaeda, but practically Pakistan have supported the tide of Islamic militancy.

 

 

Taliban in Karachi, Pakistan

 

 

 

 

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