24 November, 2020

All Are Invited To The Sermon

Aided by exacting laws, protected by the state, Hafiz Saeed, terror’s grand imam, flourishes still

AFP (From Outlook, April 23, 2012)
All Are Invited To The Sermon

The main entrance of the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, that portal of Pakistani military might and pride, still brings to mind the day in October 2009 when Punjabi jehadis stormed the high-security area in a fidayeen-style attack. The audacity and ease with which they operated stunned the army leadership.

Chief of army staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was at his desk as jehadis in uniforms swooped in at the gate, overpowered the security detail, and proceeded to kill six soldiers and take hostages. Again, in May last year, ex-military jehadis made a brazen assault on the Mehran naval air base in Karachi.

Punjabi jehadis, Pakistan Taliban, Afghan Taliban, Al Qaeda...the militant faultlines in battlefield Pakistan are as blurred as ever. Hardened foreigners have joined hands with home-grown footsoldiers and masterminds, training together and pooling in resources to strike within and outside Pakistan. Several arrested militants were old ISI hands; one was from the Army Medical Corps. Pakistan is a powder keg of high...



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