August 2005 News

Jihadis Still Pak's Lever Against India On Kashmir

8 August 2005

Islamabad: A Pakistani intelligence official has said that many military and political leaders still believed that Kashmiri militant groups were a vital lever against India. The Daily Times quoted a Washington Post report as saying that Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf efforts to crackdown on jihadis would be 'counterbalanced by domestic political problems, including the Pakistan military's reluctance to 'defang' organizations raised to wage Jihad in Jammu and Kashmir'. 'The idea of the authorities nabbing the people, who challenged the Indian army in Kashmir sounds scary to all decision- makers,' the paper quoted a Pakistani intelligence official as saying. It said that the crackdown on militants by the Musharrraf regime post 9-11 was only a window dressing meant for Western countries, adding that none of the top Pakistani leaders were arrested. 'The crackdown after September 11, 2001, was just window dressing for Western consumption. None of the top Pakistani leaders were arrested', the paper quoted Human rights activist Afrasiab Khattak as saying. 'Even if I were to give him the benefit of the doubt, I don't think he (Musharraf) has the structures in place to implement such policies,' said PPP Senator Raza Rabbani. 'The people who created the Taliban are now effectively running half of Pakistan,' added Samina Ahmed from the International Crisis Group.


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