Terrorist camps back in business
General Musharraf has broken yet another promise.
(A) 30-page Union Home Ministry document states that the largest camp was in the Jungle-Mangal area where nearly 300 terrorists, mostly foreign mercenaries, were being trained; followed by Elaq-e-Gher where 200 terrorists were being trained. Camps in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan and the Gilgit area in NA had been revived, besides re-opening of a full-fledged communication centre of the Lashkar-e-Toiba in Lipa valley, the report said. The camps in Mansera and Haripur, which had been closed after the US-led operations against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, have also been reportedly revived. [SAIR]
While India and Pakistan engage each other positively in areas such are nuclear risk reduction and prickly water disputes, Musharraf’s unwillingness to clamp down on jihadi terrorism with finality remains the biggest sticking point in India-Pakistan relations.
The pressure on Musharraf, stifling as it was in December 2003, is now almost fully disappeared. It is quite unlikely that Musharraf will see any immediate need to clamp down on the jihadis, even as they gain strength in Pakistan itself. Terrorism will remain a tool of Pakistan’s state policy for the foreseeable future.