Mumbai: Al Qaeda, one of world`s most
dreaded terror outfits, has had nearly 50-60 percent of its
original top leadership eliminated and is looking for more
people from parts of Pakistan to carry forward its terror
activities, a leading US expert has said.
"Nearly 50-60 percent of the original top leadership of
al Qaeda has been eliminated and they are now looking for more
people from parts of Pakistan to continue the terror
activities," Rodney Jones, president of Policy Architects
International (PAI), USA, told reporters here.
PAI, a Virginia-based firm, provides consultancy services
on strategic, international security and development issues.
To ease the conflict across the world, al Qaeda, Taliban
and other radical Islamic groups active in Afghanistan and
Pakistan needed to be crushed, he said.
When asked about the funds provided by the US to Pakistan
for rooting out terrorism from Afghanistan reportedly being
used against India, Jones said, "this perception is false."
He said, "whatever resources the US is providing (to
Pakistan) is not diverted against India. We cannot solve the
Afghanistan problem without the help of Pakistan."
About the funding of Taliban, Jones said,"they might be
getting funds by way of extortion, drug dealing and may be
some contributions from the Gulf countries."
he also stressed the need for crushing local terror
outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed.