The Lashkar-e-Tayybea rejoiced after staging the 26/11 Mumbai carnage, an article in the March edition of Sentinel, a journal brought out by the Combating Terrorism Centre of the US military academy at West Point, has revealed.
“They (Lashkar/ Jamaat-ud-Dawa) apparently offered nawafil shukrana (special prayers) to celebrate their victory,” writers Farhana Ali and Mohammed Shehzad said in their piece.
The authors argued that in the short-term, Pakistan appeared willing to act against Lashkar members to prove it had the courage to fight its own creation, but it is “probably incapable of shutting down an organisation important to its own survival”.
In another piece in the Sentinel, noted analyst Ahmed Rashid wrote that the Pakistan Army still refuses to accept that the biggest threat faced by Pakistan was the Taliban/ Al Qaeda networks, and not India.
He felt that Pakistan’s concessions to militants in the Swat Valley of the North-West Frontier Province are a “watershed in the country’s steady slide toward anarchy” and the growing acceptance of Taliban control in northern Pakistan.
“While neither the government nor the military seem capable of halting the Taliban’s spread, the militants themselves are offering cease-fires to Pakistan so that they can unite and combine their resources to better combat Western forces in Afghanistan in early spring,” Rashid argued.
Recent developments, he wrote, had added to prevalent international concerns about Pakistan’s will to resist extremist forces.
“The political and military failure caps a long running inability of the Pakistan Army and the civilian government to learn, adapt or apply the basic principles of counterinsurgency strategy,” Rashid said.
According to him, the designated paramilitary force to take on the Taliban, the Frontier Constabulary (FC) had become “thoroughly imbued with jihadist ideas and motivations”. “ In the past, the FC has also been deeply involved in training Kashmiri militants…” Rashid added.