Send them more billions! Pakistani double game update: “Terror leader lives freely near Pakistani capital,” from The Associated Press, June 15 (thanks to Block Ness):
On the outskirts of the Pakistani capital lives a militant considered so powerful that Osama bin Laden consulted with him before issuing a fatwa to attack American interests.
Fazle-ur-Rahman Khalil heads Harakat-ul-Mujahedeen, a terrorist group closely aligned with al-Qaida and a signatory to bin Laden’s anti-U.S. fatwa in 1998. Khalil has also dispatched fighters to India, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chechnya and Bosnia, was a confidante of bin Laden and hung out with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Pakistani authorities are clearly aware of Khalil’s whereabouts. But they leave him alone, just as they tolerate other Kashmiri militant groups nurtured by the military and its intelligence agency to use against India….
A former U.S. ambassador to Islamabad says throwing money at Pakistan won’t wean it off jihadi groups so long as its fear of India dictates its security policies….
It isn’t about fear of India. It’s about belief in Islam. But note the diagnosis — it could lead to the U.S. pressuring India to disarm and stand down against Pakistan, which would be the last thing that India should do against the Pakistani jihadists.