Promises melt with the snow

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.

2 thoughts on “Promises melt with the snow”

  1. Seems to me that since Pak won’t/can’t change, India should withdraw from thjis diplomacy farce. Sure, maintain teh facade of negotiations but never give anything away.
    The Kashmir issue can never really be ‘resolved’ given our rival positions, pious pronouncements notwithstanding.
    All we have to do is wait ity out another 10 years by which time the socieconomic differences between the 2 countries will be so great, we can bargain better. But then again, if it becomes a South Vs North Korea situation, then no resolution seems possible.
    Lets stop covering this farce of negotiations with any level of importance or interest.

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