Saber-rattling from jihadists in Pakistan. “Pakistan’s Crackdown on Militants Leaves Imams Preaching Jihad,” by James Rupert for Bloomberg, January 28:
Jan. 28 (Bloomberg) — A dozen Pakistani policemen stood watch last week outside a Lahore mosque known to be a stronghold of the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla group — while the imam inside preached jihad to thousands of worshippers.
The squad’s presence was part of Pakistan’s vow to curb Lashkar, which India blames for the Nov. 26-29 Mumbai terrorist attack that killed 164 people, and it showed how limited that effort has been. As the officers heard Saifullah Khalid’s sermon blaring over loudspeakers, he demanded more attacks on India.
“Muslims under the leadership of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jamaat ud-Dawa will conquer all South Asia!” Khalid roared. “Nobody can stop us from fighting India!”
Pakistan’s offensive — in response to international pressure to suppress Lashkar and its civilian ally, Jamaat — is halting and partial at best, says Ahmed Rashid, a Lahore-based analyst and author of several books on Pakistan and Islamic militancy. Fewer Jamaat leaders have been arrested, and fewer of its schools closed, than the national government claims, according to provincial-level figures.
Because the country”s politically dominant army has cultivated Lashkar and Jamaat to help confront India over the disputed territory of Kashmir, “there is not going to be any sudden U-turn in policy,” Rashid said. “I don’t expect a proper crackdown.”
I don’t either.