Exporting jehad led to internal warfare: Pak daily
A Pakistani daily noted that most terror networks operating in Pakistan were nurtured by the state.
Islamabad: Exporting jehad to other countries in the world, especially in the South Asian region, has led to internal warfare, said a Pakistani daily as it added: "Most terror networks operating in Pakistan were nurtured by our state."
An editorial in the Daily Times on Monday said: "We need to give up our duality of policy. Most terror networks operating in Pakistan were nurtured by our state. Some of them still enjoy overt or covert support of the military establishment."
"Exporting jehad to other countries in the world, especially in the South Asian region, has now led to internal warfare. If the loss of 35,000 precious lives at the hands of terrorists in recent years is not enough reason for the security establishment to wake up to this grim reality, then there is no hope left for Pakistan," it added.
Twelve policemen were killed on Saturday when two Taliban militants -- a man and his wife -- attacked a police station in Dera Ismail Khan.
"The fact that a man wore a burqa to deceive the policemen is nothing new. Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid fame tried to escape from the mosque in a burqa back in 2007.”
"The Taliban are not getting innovative; they are just following in the footsteps of their fellow radicals. What is worrying though is the frequency of attacks on the security forces."
It pointed out that the audacious attack on PNS Mehran in Karachi last month showed how a handful of terrorists can wreak havoc in an otherwise `secure` military base.
Terrorists had stormed the key naval base in Karachi on May 22, leading to a 16-hour-long siege. The rebels destroyed two surveillance aircraft.
The editorial observed that "despite continuous attacks, there is no sense of urgency and it is business as usual".
It suggested that there must be "a review and purge of the fifth columnists within the security forces. The process has already begun with the arrest of some jehad-sympathisers within the Army but those who are in cahoots with the terrorists within the police forces also need to be taken to task".
Stating that the security forces must not let their guard down at any point, it urged the intelligence agencies to sharpen their intelligence-gathering methods.