Not good, not good at all

From Asia Times

Pakistan was was due on Thursday to launch a crackdown against the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) and other jihadi organizations.

But the operation, which was to be coordinated by the Ministry of Interior, police and the Intelligence Bureau, was halted at the 11th hour by the Pakistani military establishment, well-placed contacts in Pakistan’s intelligence quarters have told Asia Times Online.

And instead, powerful National Security Advisor retired Major General Mahmood Durrani was fired. He and other senior government officials had earlier admitted that Ajmal Qasab, the sole survivor of the 10 terrorists who launched a bloody attack on the Indian city of Mumbai on November 27, was Pakistani. The men had already been linked to the LET, a banned group in Pakistan.

Durrani has been a crucial link between the US, the government of Pakistan and the Pakistan military.

The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been suspected and even accused of complicity in terrorist activities carried out by LET, the Taleban and even Osama’s al Qaeda organisation. The action of firing General Durrani is a strong indicator of the control still exerted in the Pakistani government by radical Islamist elements.

At this time of increased tensions with India, this is not a good thing to have happen.


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