Pak unlikely to take out nurtured ‘India-centric’ terror outfits from its soil: Experts

May 7th, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 7 (ANI): In wake of the failed Times Square bombing plot, which apparently had originated from Pakistan, the United States is mounting pressure on Islamabad to take on all those Islamic terror groups flourishing inside its territory, however, history suggests, action if any against these terror outfits, would be selective, analysts have said.

The Pakistan government may have offered immediate and all help to Washington, but the extent of the help may hinge again on which groups are ultimately fingered, a report in the Christian Science Monitor said.

History suggests that Islamabad has been reluctant to take any action against groups, which the state had once nurtured, especially to run a proxy war against India.

More recently, following the Mumbai terror attacks, Pakistan tried hard to deny the role of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its associate groups in the carnage, but it was forced to act against the LeT and its front face the Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) under immense international pressure.

The Pakistani establishment is not interested in dismantling these groups entirely and prefers to let them lie dormant. Members of the banned outfit are still able to congregate and hold rallies where they raise extremist slogans, the report said.

Observers also underline the fact that Pakistan Army still has a soft corner for these terror groups, and its unlikely that the international community would see action against them.

“We still see some soft corner in the heart of the military establishment for other militant groups. So it’s at least likely that the Pakistani military at this time, after putting so much pressure against TTP, won’t go after other groups and risk losing the ground they have made against the TTP,” said Abdul Basit, a researcher at the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies in Islamabad. (ANI)

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