US blames Pakistan for letting LeT flourish

RSTV Bureau

pakistan_flag2In its annual report on terrorism for the year 2014, the US has hit out at Pakistan for not taking enough action against the terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The report also said, Pakistan did undertake operations against those outfits that attacked its own country, but it allowed LeT to flourish.

“The Pakistani military undertook operations against groups that conducted attacks within Pakistan such as TTP (Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan), but did not take action against other groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which continued to operate, train, rally, propagandise and fundraise in Pakistan,” the State Department said in its report.

The Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network were provided a safe haven in the country. Even though there was some military action against them, Pakistan did not directly target them, said the report.

US State Department has acknowledged that India is still one of the most persistent terrorism targets and is also a victim of Maoist insurgents and domestic and transnational groups.

“Indian authorities continued to blame Pakistan for supporting terrorists operating in Jammu and Kashmir. On September 3, Al-Qaeda announced the establishment of a new branch in the Indian subcontinent,” the report said.

According to the report, the level of terrorist violence in India was substantially unchanged from 2013.

On September 30, 2014 during PM Modi’s visit to the US, both countries signed a counter-terrorism cooperation pact pledging greater cooperation in countering terrorist networks and in information sharing.

The report also named South Asia as a front line in the battle against terrorism.

The report explains how the al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though degraded over the years, continues to operate globally from remote locations in South Asia. The group continues to exploit the region for a safe haven.

However, Pakistan’s offensive in North Waziristan launched in June 2014 severely limited al-Qaeda’s freedom to operate. There was also pressure on Qaeda’s traditional safe haven that checked its capability to effectively communicate with affiliate groups outside South Asia, the report said.