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Lashkar looking beyond India

world Updated: Mar 12, 2010 23:08 IST
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Leading South Asia experts say the US should be prepared to take action against the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks, if Pakistan is unable or unwilling to act against the terror outfit that remains its spearhead against India.

“Doing so may be increasingly necessary not simply to prevent a future Indo-Pakistani crisis, but more importantly to protect the United States, its citizens, its interests, and its allies,” Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace told a Congressional panel on Thursday.

With the exception of Al-Qaeda, LeT is arguably the most important terrorist group operating from South Asia and was the mastermind of the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, he said at a hearing the committee on the LeT threat. LeT’s ambitions extend beyond India, Tellis said, suggesting the US should stop pretending that LeT is an independent actor.