Several terrorists charged by India with mass killings on its soil have been living in Pakistan, an eminent American think tank has said, noting that the US has not yet made it a priority to hold Islamabad to account for the infiltration of militants across the border.
Indians have been watching the Pakistani army send “armed young men with groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyeba across that border with impunity for years, and the United States has not made it a priority of holding Pakistan to account for the rates of infiltration,” Steve Coll, President and CEO of New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank, said at a Congressional hearing."It would be unreasonable to say you should have zero infiltrations into complex territory, big mountains, but the rates of infiltration that Pakistan has allowed suggest state policy," he told lawmakers.
It is important for Americans to understand that the ambiguity in the nature of the haven that Osama bin Laden found in Pakistan is not, by itself, unusual in the country, Coll said.
“From India’s perspective, there are five or six listed terrorists living around the country (Pakistan) in similar circumstances. Sometimes they’re judged to be under house arrest. Sometimes they’re notional fugitives. Sometimes they really are difficult to find,” he said on Friday.
Many of these people have either admitted to or been credibly charged with mass killings on Indian soil, Coll said, responding to questions of US lawmakers.
“So these patterns look outrageous to the United States when the personality is someone like Osama bin Laden. But in the context of the way Pakistan has evolved in the last 10 years, his (bin Laden) circumstances were not, by themselves, unusual,” he said.