Is Pakistan The Problem, Not The Solution?

India’s Prime Minister Mammohan Singh in a blunt statement blamed problems in the region on Pakistan and its refusal to end terrorist groups within its boundaries. He said the Pakistan government was either “unable” or “unwilling” to control the Pakistan-based Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba which was behind the Mumbai attack and has been involved in other such assaults against Pakistan and American forces. “We all know the epicenter of terrorism in the world today is Pakistan. The world community has to come to grips with this reality.”

Patrick Cockburn in a recent article raises the question as to whether Pakistan support for terrorist groups is really an attempt to keep violence operating because as long as there are terrorist groups, the United States will be sending billions to Pakistan. Pakistan uses these terror groups to stir up violence in Kashmir and ending terrorism does not benefit the Pakistan military. They undoubtedly are still aiding the Taliban because if the Karzai government collapses and the Taliban seizes power, the infamous ISI of Pakistan will be in the driver’s seat.

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