Internationalising the terrorism issue
When accosted by a frowning teacher, the first trick that naughty primary school students use is denial. When that doesn’t work, they try one or both of the following: develop stomach ache and point finger at classmate.
It’s stomach ache time when you hear about Pakistan being "a victim of terror". And now Pakistani authorities have used the third trick by letting it slip that they are "closing in on a Bangladeshi connection to the terrorist strike and are said to have evidence of not only the involvement of a banned militant organisation, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami, Bangladesh (HuJI-B), but also of its role in planning the attack and training the terrorists."
They allege that at least one of the terrorists came from Bangladesh, and that the plot was partially hatched in Dubai. Now they can afford to drag Bangladesh into this but naming Dubai can have political repercussions for Pakistan and personal repercussions for its political leaders. Still, it is illuminating to know that Pakistan might allege that the terrorist attacks were conducted by "‘international network of Muslim fundamentalists’ present in South Asia and spread all the way to Middle East" and might even be
"remotely linked to Al Qaeda’s international terror network." (Now who would have suspected that?)
Tomorrow, you’ll see a foreign office spokesman in Dhaka asking "but where’s the evidence"? Groan.