Sympathies for LeT runs deep in Pak establishment: Report
Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 18:12
New York: Sympathies for Lashkar-e-Toiba, the group involved in Mumbai carnage, and its jihadist and anti-India culture run deep in the Pakistani establishment, raising a serious challenge to any long-lasting move to dismantle the terror network.

The membership of the group banned by US, UN and other major western nations is estimated at 1.5 lakh strong, the New York Times reported questioning claims that the Pakistani establishment had severed ties with the group.

The daily quoted a senior Pakistani ISI officer as saying that connections between Pakistan's spy agency and LeT were so "sundered" that it could not controlled.

But the claims fall flat as the paper quoted Pakistan's powerful army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani as having told the US that he was trying to control the LeT.

"They say, we are being more vigilant," but add "By the way India has to stop messing around in Baluchistan," an American official privy to the conversation between Washington and Islamabad said.

The Times said that the overreaching goal of LeT, which operates under the front of a charity, Jaamat-ud-Dawa, is the defeat of India and also embraces strong anti-Israeli platform.

LeT adheres to Ahl-i-Hadith, a strain of Wahabi sect of Islam, which gives it common goal and grounding with groups like al Qaeda. Bruce Riedel, who framed US's new Af-Pak policy says "Laskar-e-Toiba and al Qaeda are allies in the global Islamic jihad."

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 18:12

comments powered by Disqus