Terroristan Saturday, Sep 2 2006 

The Musharraf dictatorship doles out ostensible support in
the war on terror to keep it in the good graces of Washington, while it
presides over a society that fuels and empowers militants at the
expense of moderates. And the political madrasas,…flourish and grow
under the military dictatorship. Why is it that the terrorist trail
always seems to lead back to Pakistan? Why are second-generation
Pakistani emigres far more attracted by this pattern of terrorism than
other disillusioned Muslims in the west? What is it about Islamabad
that puts it at the centre of terrorist plots?
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In fact I’ve been thinking of posting a blog on this topic, but Benazir
Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan, has done it better than
anyone like me could have imagined. Of course she argues her case, but
the indictment is damning.

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Terrorism and Pakistan Friday, Aug 11 2006 

Since the British Authorities succeeded in unravelling the ‘airline bomb plot’ and arresting the suspected Islamist terrorists in London, Pakistan is painstakingly portraying itself as playing a key role in the operation that averted a huge tragedy.

Pakistan wants to be seen by the international community as a front-line country fighting terror along with other nations and thereby gloss over the fact that its soil is still being used by terror groups.

Two of the arrests made in Pakistan in connection with the ‘airline bomb plot’ are Britons of Pakistani origin. Two of the British Muslims involved in London tube bombings last year had visited Pakistan prior to the bombings. Al Qaeda kingpins are believed to be hiding in Pakistan or on the Pak-Afghan border. Forces fighting Taliban in Afghanistan are aware of the bitter truth that Pakistan is slack in containing the Taliban menace.

And more than anybody else India knows that Pakistan is the breeding ground for Islamist terrorism. Because India is a victim of Pakistan instigated terrorism and has been left alone to fight it without any international support.

The latest major terrorist strike in India was on July 11th (7/11) this year. A series of seven well coordinated and precisely executed explosions in railway stations and on passenger trains that evening killed about two hundred people and injured thousands.

I don’t know whether Mumbai blasts made headlines in the rest of the world as the ‘airline bomb plot’ did.

But Pakistan held a series of press meets to deny its role and lecture India. Pakistan accused India of making baseless allegations and gave Indians some advice!

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