Monday, December 01, 2008

Pakistan shelters LeT

The impression the narrative in the American press is meant to convey is that of a Pakistan headed by a civilian government, with a cooperative military and intelligence agencies, and rogue elements of the military, intelligence helping outlawed organizations like the Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Taliban and sundry fundamentalists who infest the western frontier of the country along the Afghan border.

That is simply not true. As this news-item will make amply clear (this is from September 30, 2008):
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has granted permission to the chief of the Pakistan-based terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, to import a duty free bullet-proof Land Cruiser, worth Rs 25 million.

According to the interior ministry sources in Islamabad, the LeT chief, who fears a possible attempt on his life by his “external enemies”, had sought the government permission to import a duty free bullet proof Land Cruiser in view of the rising number of terrorist acts across Pakistan.

The sources said that after some lengthy deliberations on the issue, the government has decided to give him a go ahead to import a fully armoured Land Cruiser for his use from Dubai. It was for the first time that the leader of a banned jehadi group had made such a request to the government and it is also for the first time that the government has acceded to such a request.

1 comment:

Srini said...

fun reading